WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester residents who enjoy green spaces and farmlands and organic vegetables, will be thrilled with the news that the Westchester Land Trust recently received $14,000 from the Whole Foods Market as part of its five percent community giving day.
The money was raised in one day at three Westchester County Whole Foods locations including Port Chester, White Plains, and Yonkers by the company donating five percent of the store's net sales to the trust.
“We are deeply grateful to all in the Westchester community who made a special effort to shop at Whole Foods Market on their 5% community giving day in December, and for Whole Foods for selecting Westchester Land Trust as their beneficiary,” says WLT President, Lori Ensinger. “Whole Foods Market Westchester has long supported WLT’s sustainable agriculture programs and our efforts to preserve our region’s remaining farmland. This recent donation will help us support local farmers and ensure that community members have access to locally grown and nutrient dense food.”
On WLT’s farm plots at its Sugar Hill Farm headquarters, the organization is educating and inspiring hundreds of volunteers of all ages to grow organic vegetables and green their communities.
The produce raised at the farm is donated to the Food Bank for Westchester, for distribution to families in need throughout the county. During the 2016 growing season, WLT volunteers harvested a record-breaking 2,670 pounds of produce, providing more than 12,900 individual servings of nutrient-rich food.
“We were thrilled to support the Westchester Land Trust and their Sugar Hill Farm project,” said Karen Greene, Whole Foods Market’s metro marketer for Westchester County. “We couldn’t be happier to provide financial support for their ongoing work and dedication to preserving and protecting the environment through various programs, in addition to providing fresh food for the underserved in our communities.”
Whole Foods Market created 5% Days to give back to local communities through support of nonprofit organizations whose programs directly benefit the communities surrounding their stores. Four times a year, Whole Foods Market locations select local organizations to receive five percent of the store’s net sales on a particular day.
Based in Bedford Hills, the Westchester Land Trust works with public and private partners to preserve land and to enhance the natural resources in Westchester and eastern Putnam counties. Since its founding in 1988, WLT has preserved almost 8,000 acres of open space including more than 700-acres of preserves which are free and open to the public.
For more information about WLT, please visit westchesterlandtrust.org .