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Whole Planet Foundation Gives "Field Officer Award: Africa and the Middle East"

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To kick off 2019, the Whole Planet Foundation team would like to thank our network of microfinance organizations, the implementing partners who administer the microloans Whole Planet Foundation funds. These partners employ staff members who serve microcredit clients, sometimes traveling miles by foot or motorbike to reach some of the least-served entrepreneurs around the globe. Every quarter, we honor these staff members, or Field Officers, by asking our partner institutions to nominate exemplary candidates for the Whole Planet Foundation Field Officer Award.

Whole Kids Foundation® Launches 2018 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign

$3M goal will allow nonprofit to fund edible educational gardens, healthy teacher programs, salad bars in schools, and educational bee programs; Applications for grants being accepted now
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AUSTIN, Texas, September 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Today, Whole Kids Foundation launched its annual Growing Healthy Kids Campaign to fund K-12-focused programs in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. that are working to create a deeper connection between kids and food. To date, the programs supported by Whole Kids Foundation have served more than 5.7 million children.

Global Transition to Halophyte Agriculture

Fresh Water Saving, Salt Water Loving Plants
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By Hazel Henderson

Food Companies Support Social Issues Despite Profit Pressures - CSR Minute

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The food industry is facing unprecedented pressure to change its practices and strategies, and boost its bottom lines. But behind the headlines about thin profit margins, cutthroat competition, changing consumer tastes, and technological disruption, the largest food companies are addressing social issues. Some examples:

Running Raises $140,000 for Entrepreneurs

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Thank you to our friends who ran a Virtual 10K with us from August 3-7 this year. The combined impact of our $10,000 Fund partners, runners, Whole Foods Market® Team Members, virtual runners and more, this year added up to $140,000 raised for impoverished women all over the world to start their own businesses. That equals about 748 average first microloans! Our team was thrilled to celebrate the second year of the Virtual 10K Run, adding a fun run in Austin, Texas and partnering with our sponsors to create excitement in cities all over the USA.

Whole Planet Foundation | Dispatch From the Field - Impact Dashboard Update

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Thanks to our microfinance partners around the globe who are working diligently daily to serve the world's poorest people, the average first loan size we fund has decreased to $184. View our impact dashboard updated this week.  We are grateful for their hard work to alleviate global poverty for the unserved. 

Alleviating Poverty in the United States and Around the World: You Can Make a Lasting Difference

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Whole Planet Foundation funds microloans in cities in the United States through four microfinance partners who work with poor entrepreneurs to create or expand small businesses and generate income for themselves and their familes.  We are alleviating poverty in Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Omaha, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Jose. Watch this video to see an example in Austin, Texas where we have invested $1 million for microentrepreneurs. 

School Food Director Embraces Buying Power, Diversity to Improve Menus

By Addie Broyles - American-Statesman Staff
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One rainy day last fall, Anneliese Tanner scrolled through photos of sweet potatoes on her phone.

The managers at some of the 114 school cafeterias under her watch in the Austin Independent School District were posting photos of the vegetables as their cooks made baked sweet potatoes for the first time. All morning long, Tanner kept an eye on how everyone was reacting to the change.

“They have a lot of pride in their work,” she says. “They like to show off their kolaches and parfaits, especially.”

School Food Gets Real

By Anne Marie Hampshire
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If the thought of school cafeteria food conjures memories of cooked-’til-they’re-slimy green beans, grease-soaked pizza and gravy-covered mystery meat, here’s some news to savor. Kids in Austin today are enjoying an entirely different school-lunch experience. Thanks to the strategic vision of Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the financial and moral support of nonprofit Whole Kids Foundation, lunch in the cafeteria is evolving to be more nutritious, more locally sourced and far more hip than what most of us remember.

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