DEL MAR, Calif. (Feb 20, 2013) – To demonstrate Whole Foods Market’s commitment to the community, the company’s new Del Mar store will donate five percent of the day’s net sales on March 6 to the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMESF). The donation will support the Extended Studies Curriculum Program (ESC) that focuses on art, physical education, science, technology and music in schools.

DMSEF is a nonprofit organization of volunteer parents and community leaders who are committed to raising funds to support eight schools. The ESC programs are highly valued and embraced by students, and the programs are an important part of the district’s mission to provide a nurturing, inspiring and rigorous educational program for every student.

“The Del Mar School Education Foundation’s commitment to ensuring extended learning programs for local students is truly inspiring.  Whole Foods Market is proud to support their efforts,” said Marc Bird, store team leader for Whole Foods Market, Del Mar.  “We know this donation will help the organization create a more diverse learning experience for students and we invite everyone in the Del Mar community to come shop on March 6, knowing their purchases will make a difference.”

“We are so grateful to be selected as the recipient of the Whole Foods Market Del Mar’s Community Giving Day,” said Drew Isaacman, DMSEF president. “This contribution will allow us to continue offering our quality ESC programs that provide every student in our district with rich, robust educational curriculum that would otherwise be unavailable to them.”
Since opening the La Jolla store in 1996, Whole Foods Market has given more than $50,000 to local San Diego County-based community groups. Other recipients of Whole Foods Market’s 5% Community Days include: YMCA La Jolla, YMCA Magdalena Ecke, Feeding the Soul Foundation, Community Resource Center (Encinitas), Olivewood Gardens, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Outdoor Education Foundation, San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative, Seeds@City College, SDUSD Bus Farm, San Diego Coastkeeper, Florence Elementary/Albert Einstein Academies, KPBS, Slow Food and Hillcrest History Guild.

As part of its commitment to supporting local causes in the community in which it works, Whole Foods Market stores, nationwide, hold Community Support Days several times a year and donate five percent of that day’s net sales to a local nonprofit or educational organization.

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About the Del Mar Schools Foundation

The Del Mar Schools Education Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The Foundation was founded to raise the necessary funds to provide Del Mar Union School District students with an Extended Studies Curriculum including Science, Music, Art, Technology, and Physical Education. It is governed by a Board of Directors that is comprised of parent volunteers from each of the District elementary schools and community members.