Poverty Is Unnecessary

Advocates Making Change Through The Poverty Is Unnecessary Project 2021


Every year, the Foundation celebrates Poverty Is Unnecessary Day to commemorate the Whole Foods Market Global 5% Day on October 25, 2005, when five percent of shopper purchases raised $525,000 for the seed capital for Whole Planet Foundation.  Since then, Whole Planet Foundation has disbursed $93 million through microfinance partners, funding 5.2 million microcredit loans creating 27.6 million opportunities for the world’s poorest entrepreneurs to create or expand a business and lift themselves and their family members out of poverty. 

Whole Planet Foundation Poverty Is Unnecessary Partners Commit $325,000 to Alleviate Global Poverty


Each October, Whole Planet Foundation celebrates its global impact on poverty and the partners who further its mission. In 2005, Whole Foods Market launched Whole Planet Foundation, its non-profit dedicated to global poverty alleviation in countries around the world where the company sources products.  The Poverty is Unnecessary Project spotlights Poverty is Unnecessary Fund donors who collectively are committed to donating $325,000 to alleviate poverty through microcredit. 

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