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The organic grocer has formed the Whole Kids Foundation, which will help steer children's nutritional choices in partnership with schools and other organizations. Whole Kids' first planned program will encourage "teaching gardens," helping improve kids' relationship to food through the act of gardening.
The company's Whole Planet Foundation already uses microcredit to help foster small business in poverty-stricken areas. Since the foundation works in countries from which Whole Foods already sources products, the company's good works also help support these communities by lifting more of their citizens out of poverty. The foundation's work fits perfectly with Whole Foods' belief that taking care of all its stakeholders will benefit the company and the world in return.
Its rivals have their own philanthropic initiatives to address community concerns -- and make consumers feel better about their patronage. Rival grocer Safeway's
On the flip side, many critics have accused McDonald's
Growing and nurturing those fruits and veggies from seeds could be an even better way to help kids form a closer relationship with healthier foods. If Whole Foods' new program succeeds, it could be good for healthy kids and Whole Foods' future.
The cornucopia of growth Whole Foods wants to assemble depends upon initiatives that aim to change the world for the better. The Whole Kids Foundation sounds like yet another healthy step toward that larger goal.
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