10.06.03

10.6.2003: Meldung: Wild Oats Markets: 5% of Sales on June 16th Donated

Wild Oats Markets, Inc. Announces 5% of Sales on June 16th to be Donated to Three Children"s Organizations in National Fundraising Initiative
Monday June 9, 7:29 pm ET

BOULDER, Colo., June 9 / Wild Oats Markets, Inc. (Nasdaq: OATS - News), a leading national natural and organic foods retailer, announced today that on Monday, June 16, 5 percent of sales in its Wild Oats and Nature"s stores across the country will be donated to the Tomorrow"s Children"s Fund, the CJ Foundation for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and the Imus Ranch. The donation continues Wild Oats" commitment to supporting organizations that have missions similar to the Company"s mission of promoting health and well-being.

The Company"s 5% Days were established to give something back to its stores" local communities by donating proceeds to non-profit organizations that have small budgets and big hearts. This national, chain-wide 5% Day will provide support to children who are diagnosed with cancer or children who have lost a sibling to SIDS. Additionally, Wild Oats provides organic food and products to the Imus Ranch, which is entirely organic, to support a path to wellness for children afflicted with cancer.

"We are pleased to support these three organizations that make it their mission to provide care and unique experiences to less fortunate children," said Perry Odak, President and CEO of Wild Oats Markets. "These organizations provide a direct link to making the lives of these children more fulfilling and we support that whole heartedly."

Groups selected for the Wild Oats 5% Day donations are consistent with the Company"s mission of promoting health and well being, and include hunger relief organizations, environmental groups, educational foundations, animal rescue organizations and non-profit organizations that provide support for underprivileged or terminally ill individuals. The Company also supports local charitable organizations through food donations, benefit events and other donation programs.

About Tomorrow"s Children"s Fund

The Tomorrow"s Children"s Fund is a privately funded, non-profit organization that eases the pain and suffering of children fighting cancer or a serious blood disorder. We address the critical needs of families facing the anguish of these diseases and provide:

* A warm, healthy and loving atmosphere for children in treatment
* A wide range of services to relieve emotional and financial stress
* State-of-the-art medical care
* Funding for research



Our goals go far beyond the traditional definition of "cure" to encompass the concept of a complete recovery -- physically, emotionally and socially.

About the CJ Foundation for SIDS

The CJ Foundation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to recognizing the special needs of the SIDS community through funding SIDS research and support services. The Foundation hopes to increase public awareness of SIDS and to contribute to a future in which no parent is faced with the tragedy of losing a loved one to SIDS.

About the Imus Ranch

The Imus Ranch is an authentic, working cattle ranch nestled beneath a majestic mesa in the rolling hills near Ribera, New Mexico, 50 miles northeast of Santa Fe. Its sole purpose is to provide the experience of the great American cowboy to children suffering from cancer or serious blood disorders, and children who"ve lost brothers and sisters to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

About Wild Oats Markets, Inc.

Wild Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic food markets in the U.S. and Canada. With annual sales of nearly $920 million, the Company currently operates 101 stores in 25 states and British Columbia. The Company"s natural food stores include Wild Oats Markets, Henry"s Marketplace, Nature"s - a Wild Oats Market, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets. For more information and store locations, please visit the Company"s Web site at www.wildoats.com .


Source: Wild Oats Markets, Inc.
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