Portland, OR. (May 5, 2009) – Whole Foods Market is pleased to announce a donation of $12,019 to local non-profit Growing Gardens.

The $12,000 donation represents 5% of net sales at Whole Foods Market's six Oregon locations that participated in the Community Giving Day on Earth Day, April 22.

The money raised by Oregon shoppers will go to Growing Gardens, a local non-profit organization that promotes home-scale organic food gardening to improve nutrition, health and self-reliance while enhancing the quality of life and the environment for our community.

“These are tough times – folks who had once been in a position to make donations to a food bank now find themselves on the receiving end of assistance.  To help our neighbors, we at Growing Gardens have set ambitious goals to serve more folks in our community,” said Libby Upham development director at Growing Gardens.  “This generous contribution from Whole Foods Market will help us install more food gardens, offer more workshops and get more kids into school gardens.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to offer this donation to Growing Gardens,” said Megan Hornbeak, marketing specialist at the Bridgeport store. “We really care for our communities and our environment at Whole Foods Market and this money will go a long way encouraging people to start growing their own food.”