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Montgomery Parks Community Gardens Program Selected for Whole Foods Market Community Day Fundraiser

Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of day’s net sales on January 9, 2013 from all five Montgomery County stores.

SILVER SPRING, MD (Dec. 18, 2012) – The Montgomery Parks Foundation, a champion of Montgomery Parks which is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), announced today that is has been selected as a recipient for a Whole Foods Market Community Day. On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Whole Foods Market stores in Montgomery County will donate 5% of the day’s net sales from all of the five stores to Montgomery Parks’ Community Gardens Program.  The five storesoperated in Montgomery County are located in Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Rockville, Kentlands and Silver Spring.

“The Montgomery Parks Foundation is deeply grateful to Whole Foods Market for their support of our parks and particularly our Community Gardens Program,” said Debbie Rankin, Executive Director of the Montgomery Parks Foundation. “The money raised through the five percent donation of sales on January 9 will go a long way in helping Montgomery Parks expand access to residents to the Community Gardens Program.”

Montgomery Parks Community Gardens Program provides Montgomery County residents opportunities to use public space and water to garden an individual plot(s) at low cost. Over 600 gardeners participate in the program.  They grow vegetables, flowers and new relationships with people in their neighborhoods, and this makes a positive environmental, economic and aesthetic difference in their communities.

“Community gardens provide so many benefits from teaching people to sow seeds and grow their own food to encouraging healthy lifestyles,” said David Vismara, Division Chief for Montgomery Parks Horticultural Forestry and Environmental Education Division. “The Whole Foods Market Community Day will greatly benefit our program, both for the existing gardeners and many new gardeners too. We thank Whole Foods for their support.”

Funding from the Whole Foods Market Community Day will support the development of the new Long Branch Community Garden located next to the Long Branch Recreation Community Center in Silver Spring.

Please visit the Whole Foods Market website for store locations and hours in Montgomery County.

About the Montgomery Parks Foundation

The Montgomery Parks Foundation is an independent 501©(3) charitable organization, which promotes the values and benefits of the park system to Montgomery County residents and policy-makers. The Foundation provides opportunities for county residents and businesses to support Montgomery Parks as members, donors, sponsors, and advocates, and actively seeks individual donations, sponsorships, legacy gifts, and endowments to support park operations, development and maintenance.

The Montgomery County Parks Foundation was first established in 1992.  In early 2009 the Foundation Board was re-constituted and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Foundation and Montgomery Parks/M-NCPPC was adopted by both the M-NCPPC Planning Board and the Foundation Board of Trustees.  The MOU set forward a new direction and structure for the Foundation that promises to significantly increase public support of the parks.

About Whole Foods Market ®

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 73,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of $11.7 billion and currently has more than 340 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.


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