Foodies: Whole Foods Whole Planet
Who: Whole Foods Market; Whole Planet Foundation
What: Giving financial aid to developing countries where Whole Food products are being sourced.
Rating: With all of our fortune we still call some countries "developing" Peep the video! #WholeFoodsRocks
Steve Wanta, Executive Program Director for the Whole Planet Foundation.
Conversations can change the world. It was one such conversation between Muhammad Yunus and John Mackey in 2004 that created the concept of Whole Planet Foundation, which supports microcredit in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. Starting with just one team member, Phillip Sansone, working in Costa Rica and Guatemala, the support from customers and team members has been so generous that we will have expanded to nearly 60 countries by the end of 2011. Thank you!
To date more than $15 million in funds has been given to their microfinance partners in countries because of generous support of Team Members, customers, suppliers, and Whole foods market. In order to manage projects across the globe, Whole Planet Foundation has built a team of international development professionals who live in and travel throughout the developing world. Whole Foods market continues to cover the operating expenses of the foundation so that 100% of donations go directly to our partners in the field.