OXNARD, Calif. (June 12, 2013) – To demonstrate Whole Foods Market’s commitment to the community, the company’s new Oxnard store will donate five percent of the day’s net sales on June 26 to the House Farm Workers! The donation will help provide more safe and affordable housing for hundreds of farm workers and their families.

Since 2004, House Farm Workers! and its partners have been working to provide the men and women who work on farms throughout Ventura County with better places to live. With more than 500 homes already completed or planned, House Farm Workers! believes that when employees are in secure housing, it provides a more stable and dependable work force for one of the county’s most important industries. The organization’s philosophy is that neighborhoods are improved when substandard, overcrowded housing is replaced by well-designed, properly maintained homes that provide adequate parking and dedicated play areas.

“The mission of House Farm Workers! is truly inspiring and it’s a reminder that the agriculture industry here in Oxnard is thriving because of the support of organizations like this,” said Jerry Hanson, store team leader for Whole Foods Market Oxnard. “Whole Foods Market is proud to support the nonprofit’s efforts and help our new community thrive . We encourage everyone to come shop on June 26, knowing their purchases will make a difference.”

Since 2004, House Farm Workers! has been promoting construction of decent, safe and affordable housing for farm workers. Ventura County's farms and ranches employ nearly 23,000 men and women who are the backbone of Ventura County's agricultural industry.  Without them, crops would not be harvested and our lush landscape of green fields and orchards would go untended,” said Ellen Brokaw, Executive Committee Coordinator for House Farm Workers! 

“We are grateful for markets such as Whole Foods Market, that offer their customers these local foods, as they are acting responsibly in supplying fresh, healthy and flavorful produce to our communities.”

Since opening the Santa Barbara store in 2009, Whole Foods Market has given more than $10,000 to local Ventura County-based community groups. Other recipients of Whole Foods Market’s 5% Community Days include: Westlake High School, Bridges Charter School, Thousand Oaks High School Band Booster Club, The Abundant Table Farm Project with Join the Farm
C.A.R.L. (Canine Adoption and Rescue League).

 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.

 For additional information on Whole Foods Market’s Oxnard store, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com or to stay updated on grand opening events and activities, follow Whole Foods Market Oxnard on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WholeFoodsMarketOxnard and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WholeFoodsOxnard.