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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kristina Michel
Communications Coordinator
713-743-4162
kmmichel@central.uh.edu

Whole Foods Community Giving Day Oct. 5 to Benefit UH Community Garden

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Houston, Sept. 23, 2016 —As part of Whole Foods Market's commitment to the community, individual stores host Community Giving Days, donating a portion of net sales to local nonprofits. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10 participating Whole Foods Market locations will each donate 5 percent of their sales to the University of Houston Campus Community Garden.

"Whole Foods Market is excited to expand its Community Giving Day to all Houston-area locations to raise awareness of UH sustainability-related programs," said Melissa Halstead, sustainability coordinator at the UH Office of Sustainability.

Community Giving Day is part of Whole Foods Market's commitment to support local organizations that address community issues such as hunger relief, environmental concerns, organic and sustainable agriculture, animal rights and welfare and social services. Community Giving Days are held once every quarter.

This is the third year in which Whole Foods Market will be dedicating a Community Giving Day to a UH program. The more people who shop at participating Whole Foods Market stores on Community Giving Day, the greater the donation will be. Office of Sustainability representatives will also be at the participating stores to provide guests with gardening tips and resources.

"These donations will not only benefit the UH Campus Community Garden by improving organic methods and produce production, it will also help the surrounding food desert where all our fresh produce is donated," said Halstead. "We hope the UH community continues this tradition, and we encourage all Houstonians to shop at Whole Foods Market on Oct. 5."

Located near Cougar Woods Dining Hall, the Campus Community Garden is devoted to growing organic produce and educating campus and community members about healthy living. Food grown in the garden is donated to local food pantries and facilities serving low-income families and individuals. Members of the Office of Sustainability, as well as students and community volunteers, regularly assist in harvesting, weeding and planting.

For more information about the Campus Community Garden, visit the Office of Sustainability's website or the garden's Facebook page. Those interested in volunteering at the Campus Community Garden may email gardening@uh.edu.

For more information about Whole Foods Market Community Giving Days and other community programs, visit the Whole Foods Market website.

Participating Whole Foods Market stores include:

Whole Foods Market Bellaire
4004 Bellaire Blvd. Houston,
TX 77025

Whole Foods Market Champions
10133 Louetta Road
Houston, TX 77070

Whole Foods Market Katy
6601 S. Fry Road
Katy, TX 77494

Whole Foods Market Kirby
2955 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098

Whole Foods Market Montrose
701 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77019

Whole Foods Market Post Oak
1700 Post Oak Blvd.
Suite 100
Houston, TX 77056

Whole Foods Market Sugar Land
15900 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Whole Foods Market Voss
1407 S. Voss Road
Houston, TX 77057

Whole Foods Market Westchase
11041 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77042

Whole Foods Market The Woodlands
1925 Hughes Landing Blvd.
Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX 77380


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