Whole Foods Market hosts Kitchen Equipment Drive in April

OVERLAND PARK, KS. (April 9, 2012) – The Whole Foods Market stores in Overland Park, Kansas are conducting a month-long kitchen tools and equipment drive during April to benefit local young adults exiting the foster care system in coordination with KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc

The stores will be accepting new and gently used kitchen tools and equipment throughout the month of April, which will be donated to KVC for distribution to youth in their transitional living programs. Collection bins will be located at each of the stores and shoppers should include the original instruction manuals when available. For safety reasons, the stores will not be collecting knifes.

As reported by National Public Radio [hyperlink to story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125594259] many young adults face a difficult transition when starting out on their own after being cared for by the state. Often times when a young adult leaves the foster care system, he or she may not have had much experience with basic life skills such as cooking or shopping for groceries. The story reports that this can often lead to the young adults getting the majority of their meals from less-than-nutritious fast food restaurants and convenience stores.

“Programs such as ours work locally to provide these young folks with the independent living skills that they will need to manage on their own after they turn 18 years old,” said Gabrielle Darrow from KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc “We’ve experienced that many of them don’t have the funds to purchase kitchen tools and equipment to make their own meals at home. They will benefit from an equipment drive to set them up for success as they move into their adult lives on their own.”

“As part of Whole Foods Market’s core values of caring about our communities we are eager to help provide these youth with the tools they need to be successful in their own kitchens and to encourage a lifetime of healthy eating habits,” said Jennifer Matascik, Store Marketing Specialist at Whole Foods Market on Metcalf.

Details What: Kitchen Equipment Drive When: April 1 -April 30, 2012 Drop off times between 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Where: Whole Foods Market 7401 W. 91st Street, OP, KS 66212 Phone (913) 652-9633 and Whole Foods Market 6621 W. 119th St. OP, KS 66209 Phone 913-663-2951 (Open to public.)

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About Whole Foods Market® Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com), a leader in the natural and organic foods industry and America’s first national certified organic grocer, was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” in 2008 by Health magazine. The Whole Foods Market motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures the company’s mission to find success in customer satisfaction and wellness, employee excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to its 53,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 13 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2008, the company had sales of $8 billion and currently has more than 275 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market, Fresh & WildTM, and Harry’s Farmers Market® are trademarks owned by Whole Foods Market IP, LP. Wild Oats® and Capers Community MarketTM are trademarks owned by Wild Marks, Inc.

About KVC Health Systems, Inc: At KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc (KVC), we see potential in every child and know children grow best in strong, healthy families. We are an integrated human service provider staunchly committed to enriching the lives of children and families through behavioral and mental healthcare, medical, social services and education. At KVC we believe excellence is not an act; it’s a habit, and we are proud to offer one of the largest continuums of care in the nation. Currently, KVC cares for over 100 children in the KC Metro area that are age seventeen or older. While working with these children, we focus on providing them with the independent living skills they will need in order to manage on their own if they choose to leave the foster care system when they turn eighteen.
For more about KVC: www.kvc.org.

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