As part of its operating ethos, Whole Foods is required to donate a percentage of its income to the local community and on Wednesday April 6, the local Mar Vista Family Center (MVFC) will receive 5 percent of the day’s takings at the West Los Angeles Whole Foods on National Boulevard and Barrington Avenue.
“Giving back to the community is something that is dear to our heart and I chose the MVFC because everyone in this community has only wonderful things to say about them,” West L.A. Whole Foods marketing supervisor Katina Stallworth told Patch.
MVFC offers low-income families a variety of educational programs including early childhood education and youth enrichment. The Center works to empower children, teenagers and adults to become decision makers, community leaders and mentors.
Representatives from MVFC will set up a table outside Whole Foods on Wednesday to talk to shoppers about the work they are doing. In addition, there will be a huge banner outside and notices up throughout the store letting shoppers know that MVFC is the beneficiary of the 5 percent day.
“I had the opportunity to visit [the MVFC] facility and fell in love with the work they are doing,” Stallworth said. However, she added, doing great work was not the only criteria when it came to deciding which organization would benefit from Whole Foods’ "5 percent day."
“For some large organizations, 5 percent [of our day’s total] would barely make a dent in their work, so it was really important to look for a grassroots organization that can take the money and do a lot with it and I know that [MVFC] will find lots of great things to do with the money.”
West Los Angeles Whole Foods: 11666 National Blvd.