Charlestown’s Whole Foods Helps Neighborhood

Bunker Hill Community College students outside Whole Foods in Thompson Square during Whole Food’s 5 Percent Day.

Bunker Hill Community College students outside Whole Foods in Thompson Square during Whole Food’s 5 Percent Day.

Whole Foods Market in Charlestown, the supermarket giant that took over the Johnny’s Foodmaster in Thompson Square is continuing its good neighbor policy since arriving in the neighborhood. Whole Foods made a commitment to help Charlestown residents go to college and offset some costs through its “5 Percent Day”.

The Charlestown Whole Foods donated 5 percent of the net proceeds of purchases made by customers on June 17, 2014, to the Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) Foundation.

The fundraising effort netted $3,480, which will be used for scholarship support for a Charlestown resident attending the College.

“This project represented a collaborative effort between BHCC and Whole Foods Market Charlestown,” said Executive Director of the BHCC Foundation Marilyn K. Kuhar. “We are grateful to Whole Foods Market for giving us this opportunity, to the students and volunteers from the BHCC community who helped, and to the shoppers who, through their purchases, have helped a Charlestown resident pursue the dream of a college education.”

Bunker Hill students and volunteers greeted Whole Foods Market customers and distributed information about the College throughout “5 Percent Day.”

The BHCC Charlestown Resident Scholarship goes annually to a BHCC student and resident of Charlestown who is in good academic standing and has demonstrated outstanding service to the community.

Four times a year, Whole Foods Market Charlestown gives back to the Charlestown community by selecting a local organization as the beneficiary of “5% Day” proceeds. This was the first time BHCC has benefited from this community outreach effort. The Bunker Hill Community College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises funds for scholarships and other programs that enable students with diverse educational, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to benefit from a high-quality, affordable post-secondary education.

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