East Bay residents can support the restoration of local hiking, biking, and running trails impacted by recent rains by shopping at local Whole Foods Market stores on Wednesday, April 5th. Whole foods market has selected the Regional Parks Foundation as the recipient of their local 5% Day on this date. All 9 Contra Costa and Alameda County stores will donate 5% of their sales from April 5th to fund trail maintenance and restoration projects for the East Bay Regional Park District.
Recent rains have caused flooding, mudslides, and millions of dollars in damage to trails and facilities throughout the east bay regional parks and the Regional Parks Foundation is stepping up to raise funds to support the clean-up efforts.
“The East Bay is a generous community and we’ve received an outpouring of support from park visitors wanting to help restore the parks and trails damaged by the rains. Supporting this fundraiser by shopping at Whole Foods Market on April 5, is a great way to help. All funds raised in the stores on this day will go directly to the Trails Maintenance fund” says Carol Johnson, Executive Director.
“As an East Bay resident, I know our trails are not just places to run, hike, or bike – they’re places where we connect with our neighbors and our natural environment,” said Juliette Tiger, Metro Marketing Lead of Whole Foods Market’s East Bay region. “Supporting the planet and our communities is in our company’s DNA, so we’re excited to give our customers an easy way to give back and help restore our shared green spaces.”
Participating stores include: Lafayette, Downtown Walnut Creek, Ygnacio Valley Road, Berkeley, Telegraph, Berkeley Gilman, Oakland, San Ramon, Dublin and Fremont. Check your local store’s hours by visiting www.wfm.com/stores/list.
To learn more about the Regional Parks Foundation visit RegionalParksFoundation.org
The Regional Parks Foundation was founded in 1969 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the East Bay Regional Park District through fundraising to provide universal access, environmental stewardship, educational and recreational programs and the acquisition of parklands.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 120,000 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.