Today the Whole Foods on Gayley Avenue presented a symbolic check to People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) for $3,643.95 -- the total funds raised on "5% Day" in April, a company-wide tradition during which a percentage of profits are donated to local causes. The partnership was established by the Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA).
Leaders of the three groups made statements amid fresh produce as they gathered around the oversized check inside Whole Foods. "PATH has been able to get some of the most service-resistant members of our homeless population into homes and into service," said WVIA Executive Director Andrew Thomas. "It's that kind of community spirit that really binds our district."
Whole Foods Store Team Leader Lonney Gordon praised PATH's mission. "We feel very pleased that we were able to distribute this money to an organization that's doing such good work helping people find homes and helping clean up Westwood Village."
"These kinds of issues are really important to us," said PATH Chief Development and Communications Officer Jeremy Sidell. He thanked Whole Foods for their support. "It really takes a whole village, no pun intended."