Whole Foods’ Nickels for Non Profits Chooses Sandler Center Foundation

Monday, February 04, 2013

Whole Foods has chosen the Sandler Center Foundation as a participant in the Nickels for Non Profits program presented in the Virginia Beach location on Laskin Road.  The Sandler Center Foundation developed an innovative program entitled ACCESS the ARTS to reach at-risk and underserved students in Title 1 schools throughout Hampton Roads.  All funding for ACCESS the ARTS is used to assist Title 1 schools with the costs associated with arts education programming at the Sandler Center. In Virginia Beach alone, there are 16 Title 1 schools with at least 40 percent of their students receiving reduced-price lunches and living in low-income households. In some schools, this number is as high as 80 percent.


In the Nickels for Non Profits program, Whole Foods customers have five cents taken off every bill for every bag brought in to reuse. Customers may donate the nickels to one of two non-profits on their way out of the store.  The Sandler Center Foundation and the Chesapeake Humane Society will be recipients for the next donation period, Feb. 1 to April 30.


“We are truly grateful for have been selected as a beneficiary of this wonderful community program given by Whole Foods Market in Virginia Beach,” said Doris Salem, assistant director of the Sandler Center Foundation. “Every nickel that we receive will allow us to continue to provide inspirational, educational experiences to Hampton Roads’ students.”


There will be a sign in the front of the store showing patrons where to drop their nickels.  Nickels for Non Profits participants are chosen each fiscal quarter.