Editor's Note: The following press release was submitted by Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
When Whole Foods shoppers stock up on all natural grocery items, buy their morning coffee or purchase a meal from the salad bar next Wednesday, they will be helping to warm and feed those who rely on the services of Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
Whole Foods Market Fairfield has selected Bridgeport Rescue Mission to be the beneficiary of its first five percent day of the year. On Wednesday, January 15, the Fairfield store will donate five percent of all total sales to Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Whole Foods Fairfield will also be hosting a Mission “Stuff a Truck” food drive; they will be providing shoppers with a list of canned food items most needed and collecting the items to stuff a truck with donations at the end of the day.
“We are very excited to start the new year by giving back to the local community,” said Store Team Leader Jonathan Martin. “The 5% Day is a great way to help the Bridgeport Rescue Mission provide healthy food to people in the Fairfield area who struggle to afford nutritious meals.”
“At this time of the year with many extra people coming in from the cold for hot meals and having to buy more fuel oil to keep our facilities warm in frigid temperatures, a program like Whole Foods 5% day is a tremendous help to Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the people in our care,” said BRM’s Executive Director Terry Wilcox. In total, Bridgeport Rescue Mission will provide more than 600,000 meals this year alone in our dining room, through our two Mobile Kitchens which visit impoverished neighborhoods in Bridgeport and South Norwalk and through our daily pantry bag distribution. That takes a lot of resources, and this is a great way for the community to get involved.”
Whole Foods Market Fairfield is located at 350 Grasmere Avenue, Fairfield, Ct. 06824 and will be open from 8 am to 10 pm on Jan. 15. As you stuff the Mission’s truck you’ll feel good knowing someone on the streets, a weary mom and her youngsters, a senior citizen on a limited income and so many other struggling people will have a nutritious meal tonight and tomorrow because you care.