PALM DESERT, Calif. (Aug. 3, 2014) – As part of its “Summer of Giving” campaign, from Aug. 3 through 16, Whole Foods Market’s Palm Desert store is raising funds and awareness for The Living Desert, an AZA-accredited zoo and garden dedicated to desert conservation.

“We are honored to be chosen by Whole Foods for this community-based support, as we share the values of conservation and environmental awareness. And, of course, we welcome them to the community,” said Allen Monroe, president and CEO of The Living Desert.

“Summer of Giving” is an online fundraising campaign to help address key needs in the Palm Desert community. Community members can get involved by visiting the Whole Foods Market Palm Desert store webpage at, or by donating through the EStore Whole Foods Market will match up to $5,000 for funds raised from Aug. 3 through16, with funds benefitting The Living Desert.

Details on grand opening events and store features will be released as they become available. For regular updates, please visit the store’s Facebook page: