Whole Foods Supports Mazzoni

Five percent of profits are being donated to the center's food bank on Jan. 12

Andrew Davis, a Mazzoni case manager, and Jennifer Pettit, the food bank coordinator, pitch in at Vivian's Cupboard (courtesy of Mazzoni Center)

Have a hankering for some fresh-baked breaded tofu? Or even one of those 365 pizzas you love? Maybe a salad? On Thursday, Jan. 12, five percent of profits from Whole Foods Markets in Philly will be donated to the Mazzoni Center as part of the “Five Percent Days” program.

Philadelphia’s two Whole Foods Market locations – on Callowhill and South Street – will be donating the funds from the the day’s sales to Mazzoni’s food bank – Vivian’s Cupboard.

Since 1989, Mazzoni Center has provided free nutritious food for low-income individuals and their families living with HIV/AIDS. Clients not only have access to the food bank (at 21 S. 12th St.) two times per month, but they receive the equivalent of four meals for each member of their household upon each visit.

Last year, Mazzoni Center distributed 40,698 meals through its food bank. That accounts for 500 households (or 600 individuals) each month. “We welcome contributions of canned food throughout the year,” says Elisabeth B. Flynn, a spokesperson for Mazzoni. “Individuals are welcome to stop by our offices on weekdays to drop off canned goods.”

Businesses can also get involved by hosting food drives and setting up collection boxes in their lobbies or offices. “We’ve had everyone from small businesses in the neighborhood to major corporations get involved through this kind of team effort,” says Flynn. “We’re always grateful for the support.”

Here’s an idea: Pick up some canned goods at Whole Foods tomorrow and donate them to the food bank. It’s a double win for the center, one of the largest in the country specializing in LGBT health and services.

Whole Foods Market, 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. and 929 South St. (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.).