STAMFORD, CT – September 12, 2016 – In conjunction with the start of the school year, on Tuesday, September 13th, all shoppers at Whole Foods Market Darien will be helping to make a difference in the lives of students attending Stamford Public Schools. Whole Foods Market has pledged that five percent of every purchase will go directly to support the programs and mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF), a local non-profit organization that served thousands of students and their families since 1996. Shoppers at Whole Foods Market in Darien on September 13th can stock up on grocery items knowing that their purchases will help support SPEF’s programs, which include its flagship program, the Stamford Mentoring Program. This program served nearly 750 students needing additional academic and/or social support during the 2015/2016 school year; its goal is to reach 1,000 students in the coming year. SPEF CEO Matthew Quinones said, “Our programs are delivered at no cost to the Stamford Public School District, so it’s critical to receive support from caring community partners like Whole Foods. Whole Foods began supporting our mission by participating in our US Day community event last year. This year, in addition to selecting SPEF as its 5% recipient this quarter, it will also be teaching kids the importance of good nutrition by presenting ‘Eat the Colors of the Rainbow’ at SPEF’s US Day 2016, on September 18th at Mill River Park in Stamford.” SPEF volunteers and staff will be present at Whole Foods Market Darien (150 Ledge Road) from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm with information about the agency, its benefit to students in Stamford Public Schools, and volunteer opportunities. They will be giving away new books to children who visit and engaging them with puzzles and giveaways. Additionally, SPEF’s polar bear mascot, SPEFy, will be on hand from 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm to take photos with families. Five Percent Days are part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to support the community. Four times each year, each store identifies local organizations that align with Whole Foods Market’s commitment and make a real community impact. These days often raise $2,500 or more for participating organizations.