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Whole Foods Gives Back to the Just Garden Project During Today's Community 5% Day

plantgirlPlanning on hitting up Whole Foods for some groceries this afternoon? For today only, you can help give back to the Just Garden Project by simply making your usual purchases as a part of Whole Foods Markets' quarterly Community 5% Day.

Happening only four times throughout the year, Whole Foods Markets choose a local nonprofit to feature as their 5% community day recipient. Always honoring organizations that are linked to hunger relief, childhood obesity prevention and active youth promotion, or animal welfare and compassion, this quarter's selected nonprofit for Seattle is the Just Garden Project -- an organization that is "focused on building a just food system and expansive gardening culture, with a recent emphasis on developing free gardens for low-income families."

All of the Whole Foods locations throughout the Seattle metro area will be donating 5 percent of their day's net profits towards this outstanding organization, which means that with each purchase made, you'll also be helping to contribute!

And as a bonus boost to help consumers give back even further, the Westlake Whole Foods store will be hosting a Winter Produce Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. tonight, with an extra 5 percent of the happy hour's sales going directly towards the Just Garden Project. Featuring an array of eats and treats, each plate will be $5.99, with beer or wine also available for $1.99-$4.99 a glass. Here are some of the happy hour menu highlights:

- Baby Eggplants stuffed with spinach, tomatoes, Israeli cous cous, pine nuts, and currants in a garlic mint yogurt sauce
- Potato feta turnip dumplings with a spinach dill cream sauce and pickled beets and cabbage
- Mushroom sage terrine with cappelini tossed with fava beans, artichokes, and asiago
- Curried lentil and sesame ricotta tartine with kaffir lime and mango pickle

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