LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2013) – On April 3, Whole Foods Market shoppers helped to restore the Los Angeles River as they replenished their pantries. Shoppers from five stores in the Los Angeles area helped to raise $26,254 to support the Friends of the Los Angeles River’s (FoLAR) work protecting and restoring the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat.  Whole Foods Market team members also volunteered at FoLAR’s signature event, La Gran Limpieza: The Great Los Angeles River Cleanup on May 18, helping to remove more than 20 tons of debris from the watershed.

“Whole Foods Market believes that a healthy environment is essential to the well-being of our community and we are proud to contribute to projects that reinvest in the neighborhoods where we work,” said Patrick Bradley, regional president for Whole Foods Market’s Southern Pacific region. “The Los Angeles River spans more than 50 miles, flowing through 14 cities —including through many of the communities where Whole Foods Market has a presence.”

“Whole Foods Market’s generous donation will significantly contribute to our work ensuring that the Los Angeles River remains a beautiful place where community members can come to swim, fish, boat or simply sit on its banks to take in its natural splendor – for many years to come,” said Lewis MacAdams, president of Friends of the Los Angeles River. “We appreciate the Whole Foods Market team members who got their hands dirty to clean up the river and the ecosystem it feeds.”

For more information on The Great Los Angeles River, please visit www.folar.org.

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