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BOULDER, Colo. – Wild Oats Markets, Inc. here said its customers donated $500,000 worth of food and money during the 2006 holiday season, through the chain’s Grab 'n' Give/Bag Hunger program, which invites shoppers to purchase and fill grocery bags with non-perishable staple food items.
More than 28,000 Wild Oats Grab 'n' Give grocery bags were purchased by customers and then donated to an organization of the customers' choice, or were dropped off at food bank collection bins at Wild Oats stores across the country. Wild Oats provided the food in the bags at cost, thereby donating any profits the Company would have made on the sale of those food items.
Wild Oats also donated more than $97,000 to local anti-hunger groups and worldwide hunger programs through the Food for All program, a point-of-purchase fundraiser that ran in all stores throughout the holiday season. Customers donated money at the cash registers using tear-off coupons in denominations of $1, $3 and $5.
Both donation programs ran from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, 2006, at all Wild Oats, Henry's Farmers Market, and Sun Harvest stores.
Wild Oats Markets, Inc. operates 109 natural foods stores in 24 states and British Columbia, Canada under the Wild Oats Marketplace, Henry's Farmers Market, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets banners.