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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Project Eden Partners with Local Whole Foods Store
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Project Eden Partners with Local Whole Foods Market® to Provide Relief to Haiti

Chicago-area non-profit selected by Whole Foods Market River Forest to
participate in its “One Dime at a Time” program

Forest Park, IL (January 25, 2010) – Project Eden, a non-profit organization based in Forest Park, Illinois, has been selected by Whole Foods River Forest to participate in its “One Dime at a Time” program.

Through the program, every time shoppers bring their own bags they are refunded 10 cents per bag, which they may keep or donate to a worthy cause. Between January 18 and April 11, customers may donate their bag credits to Project Eden. Shoppers can be assured that 100% of funds collected through the Whole Foods Market’s reusable bag refunds will go to help rebuild the nation of Haiti.

"We are working to get relief supplies to our partners on the ground in Haiti and the timing for our partnership with Whole Foods couldn’t have been better,” said Deloris Thomas, Executive Director for Project Eden. “It might not appear to shoppers that a dime will go very far in light of the devastation, but the culmination of funds will truly make a difference.”

Since its inception, Project Eden has supported the efforts of Grace International, a Haitian ministry that operates two compounds in Carrefour, a suburb just outside of Port-au-Prince. Grace Village is home to a girls’ orphanage, church, school, and medical clinic. Grace Tabernacle is home to a boys’ orphanage, primary and elementary school, children’s church, and a widow’s home.

While the 80-plus children and widows are safe, both compounds have become refugee camps for the thousands of surrounding residents whose homes were destroyed by the earthquake. Due to damaged buildings and on-going aftershocks, everyone is sleeping outside under makeshift tents. Combined, more than 10,000 refugees have sought shelter at Grace Village and Grace Tabernacle where food, water, and medication have run out.

“Whole Foods Market River Forest is excited to partner with Project Eden for this quarter’s One Dime at a Time program,” said Jenn Hulbert, Marketing and Community Relations Specialist for the River Forest store. “This program was developed by Whole Foods to help our community partners raise needed funds while encouraging the use of reusable bags.”

On Saturday, January 30, 1pm – 4pm, customers shopping at Whole Foods River Forest, located at Lake and Harlem, will have an opportunity to meet members of Project Eden and learn more about their efforts in Haiti.

“We have secured two solar lights for Grace Village but much more has to be done,” said Thomas. “We ask shoppers to consider supporting our efforts to bring immediate relief and sustainable change to the nation of Haiti.”

About Project Eden
Project Eden is operated by The Joseph Business School®, an entrepreneur training center and incubator founded by Dr. William S. Winston. Located in Forest Park, Illinois, Project Eden offers a unique approach to economic development. Based on the belief that efficient businesses and markets are the drivers for sustainable economic development, Project Eden is committed to growing successful entrepreneurs and revitalizing communities in developing nations. Our mission is to eradicate poverty around the world, one community at a time. For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.theprojecteden.org.