17.9.2003: Meldung: Wild Oats Markets Donates $10,000
"With approximately 25 percent of the schoolchildren in our district participating in the Child Nutrition Program""s free and reduced meals program, coupled with reductions in state funding, it can be challenging to meet our goal of providing nutritious, healthy and exciting meals in a fun, relaxed dining environment," said Dr. David Snowden, Director of Schools, Franklin Special School District. "We are so pleased with Wild Oats"" donation as it will allow us to better provide nutritious and healthy meals for our children from low income households."
As part of the Company""s mission to promote health and well-being among customers, employees, local communities and the environment, Wild Oats is providing funding for the Franklin Special School District""s Child Nutrition Program to enhance its free and reduced meals program. The donated dollars will be used to purchase needed supplies and equipment at various schools, including equipment to implement a "Grab-N-Go" breakfast program for students from low income households who have little time between school arrival and class bell time to eat a nutritious meal.
"We strongly support the Franklin Special School District""s Child Nutrition Program, which works to improve the health and well-being of Franklin""s schoolchildren, and believe our donation will be an investment in Franklin""s future," said Perry Odak, President and CEO of Wild Oats Markets. "Wild Oats Markets is known for its community involvement and we look forward to many more partnerships to support the people of Franklin."
The official grand opening celebration begins at 8:45 a.m. on Sep. 17, when Franklin Mayor Jerry Sharber and Franklin Store Director Dale Beauchamp will open the store to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The opening day festivities will continue with storewide samples and a giveaway of pre-selected free all-natural Wild Oats grocery products for the first 250 customers through the door.
The Sep. 17 grand opening celebration will kick-off several weeks of storewide samples, community support programs and various health-related store events.
The Wild Oats Natural Marketplace is a full-service specialty food store that will feature the highest quality natural, organic and gourmet food, dietary supplements, chemical-free household and body care products available. The company""s charitable giving programs will include four 5% Days each year, whereby 5 percent of the store""s total sales for the day are donated to a local nonprofit group. The first 5% Day for the Franklin Wild Oats store will be held on Monday, September 29, 2003 and will provide funds for the Franklin Special School District""s Child Nutrition Program and its free and reduced meals program. Additionally, to encourage recycling and reusing grocery bags, customers who bring their own bags to the store receive either a 5-cent refund or a Wooden Nickel for each bag, which is then donated to one of three local nonprofit groups.
About Franklin Special School District
The Franklin Special School District is a public K-8 school system with approximately 3,800 students. There are four elementary schools (K-4), an intermediate school (5-6), a middle school (7-8), and a balanced calendar school (K-8). The Franklin Special School District is a recipient of the Governor""s A+ Award for Excellence in Education. The Franklin Special School District Board of Education was named 1998-1999 School Board of the Year by the Tennessee School Boards Association.
The Child Nutrition Program directs the operation of the cafeteria at each of the seven Franklin Special School District sites. The program""s goal is to provide nutritious, healthy and exciting meals in a fun and relaxed dining environment.
About Wild Oats
Wild Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic foods markets in the U.S. and Canada. With the addition of the Franklin store, the Company operates 101 natural foods stores in 25 states and British Columbia, Canada. The Company""s markets include: Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Henry""s Marketplace, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets.
For more information, please visit the Company""s website at http://www.wildoats.com/.