East Cooper Community Outreach Selected as Whole Foods Market 5% Day Community Giving Recipient

Mount Pleasant, S.C. - East Cooper Community Outreach, also known as ECCO, proudly invites the public to support the organization by shopping at Whole Foods Market in Mount Pleasant this Thursday, January 11.

Whole Foods Market, located at 923 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, will donate five percent of the store's net sales for the day to ECCO. “Supporting our local communities is one of our core values and we’re proud to be partnering with ECCO to support their programs that help our community neighbors with basic needs, health services and empowerment. And we’re very excited about their monthly free Farmers Market that provides enough fruit & vegetables for an entire family,” said Pam Fischette, Marketing & Community Liaison for Whole Foods Market in Mt Pleasant. The company-wide theme for this Whole Foods Market 5% Community Giving Day is “Food As an Economic Development Driver.”

The community is encouraged to shop on January 11, store hours are from 7:00AM to 10:00PM, to help raise funds for ECCO, a Mount Pleasant based non-profit organization that provides a range of comprehensive support services to low-income families across the Lowcountry. ECCO relies on the generosity of businesses, organizations, foundations, individuals, and more, to reach more than 5,000 local residents every year.

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About East Cooper Community Outreach
The mission of East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) is to provide safety net services to our low- income neighbors, while empowering them to create a better future for themselves, their families, and communities. Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, ECCO was formed as an emergency relief effort and has since grown into a permanent resource for families in financial distress, the elderly and disabled, and the underemployed and unemployed. ECCO provides clients with holistic and individualized support, ongoing case management, and the education and resources needed for long-term change, with programs designed to fill unmet needs in the community while encouraging healthy living and financial stability.

Over the last 28 years, the organization has expanded its programs to adapt to the changing economic environment and ECCO now helps more than 5,000 individuals annually through program delivery in three main areas: Basic Needs, Health, and Empowerment, offering the wrap-around services and education necessary for families to rise out of poverty. Please visit www.ECCOcharleston.org for more information.

About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, 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 87,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2016, the company had sales of more than $15.7 billion and currently has more than 464 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit media.wfm.com.