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5 Ways to Celebrate a Vegan Mother’s Day with Your Mom

By | Events, Press Release

By Rebecca Sykes

Show your mom you love her with vegan food, gifts, and fun.

A vegan Mother’s Day is the perfect way to celebrate everything your mom has done for you. And with so many amazing cruelty-free foods, cosmetics, restaurants, and films, you can spoil your mother all of Sunday, and well into Monday! From treating her to a yummy plant-based lunch or buying her adorable vegan jewelry, here are our five favorites ways we’ll be celebrating with our moms this weekend.

1. Cook her a vegan meal
Breakfast in bed has always been the cliché of Mother’s Day, so don’t do it. Instead, cook her a vegan breakfast to enjoy in the kitchen so no one makes a mess in bed. However, why not surprise your mom with a vegan breakfast for dinner? Breakfast burritos with tofu scramble, bell peppers, onions, and roasted potatoes is a delicious way to celebrate your mom, and she’ll never expect it! Or, why not make something sweet for her such as maple-peanut butter pancakes or a vegan lemon curd for dessert?

2. Take her to a vegan restaurant
If cooking isn’t your forté, take your mom to a vegan restaurant and let her splurge. This tip might seem obvious, but sometimes obvious is best. By taking your mom out for a meal, you’re expressing your thanks for all of her hard work. Plus, everyone likes having someone else prepare their meals (and do the dishes), so going out to eat definitely earns you mega-points in the parent-offspring relationship. A few of our favorites include No Bones Beach Club, Millennium, Crossroads Kitchen, Chicago Diner, Fare Well, Modern Love Brooklyn, and Vedge.

3. Give her a personalized gift
With the hassle of making food (or going to a restaurant) out of the way, it’s time for gifts. There’s nothing wrong with giving flowers and vegan chocolates, but if these are too generic for you, try Etsy.com, where you’ll find a plethora of unique vegan gifts. One shop called Crobinson Design sells vegan jewelry such as heart-shaped necklaces that say “Vegan Mom” on them, but designer/owner Christy Robinson can do custom orders if you want your jewelry to say something else. There are many other vegan options (ranging from t-shirts to vegan soap) on Etsy if you want to get your mom something other than jewelry.

4. Watch a movie
Who doesn’t love staying in and binge watching TV shows and movies, especially with your best friend? No one, so pick up some of your mom’s favorite movies and maybe some movies with some vegan actors such as Joaquin Phoenix or Rooney Mara. You can always watch documentaries such as Cowspiracy, What The Health, and Vegucated to educate each other more on the vegan lifestyle. Seeing as how no movie night is complete without a slice or three, make your mom some vegan pizza with pineapple, mushrooms, and/or peppers. Once the pizza is gone, bust out a carton of NadaMoo’s Rocky Road, Birthday Cake, Snickerdoodle, or Chocolate Peanut Butter flavors. Now that’s a happy Mother’s Day!

5. Vegan spa day
A vegan spa day is not only a wonderful idea for your mom but for yourself as well, so treat her like a queen with a fun outing that includes getting a mani-pedi, a massage, and a haircut. However, finding vegan spas/salons can be difficult, so call your local spas/salons to see if they carry any cruelty-free, vegan friendly lines, such as Aveda. Another option is to treat her in the comfort of her (or your) home. Hire a massage therapist to come to your house, and you can supply the cruelty-free massage oils. A DIY home spa—think facial masks and manicures—is another fun way to spend time together while pampering Mom. For inspiration, check out YouTube star Rawvana’s easy-to-make skincare recipes.

 

Independence Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing presents Joint Session

By | Events, Press Release

by Culture Map Austin

Joint Session is a free live music showcase featuring poster artists from around the country, food trucks, and plenty of craft beer.  Each guest will receive four tokens for 12 oz. beer samples from both Independence Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Bringing together the art behind the music, four of the top poster artists and screen printers from Austin and beyond, Billy Bishop, Lil Tuffy, Andy Vastaugh and Travis Bone, will be onsite selling limited edition prints. Nine Mile will showcase a lineup of indie and rock artists playing throughout the day.

Resident food trucks will be serving up “tacos con chutney,” joined onsite by LeRoy & Lewis barbecue, and NadaMoo ice cream, with food available for purchase throughout the day.

 

Snap Kitchen X SW

By | Events, Press Release

By CLAIRE SIEGEL

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Austin’s biggest interactive, film, music, and comedy is almost here and we’re gearing up in a big way. We’ve got a week of events lined up at our new trailer, located in the heart of downtown to showcase some of our partners and give you a much needed dose of healthy.

Take a ride with Peloton, March 10-11 // 9AM-2PM  Experience Peloton, the cutting edge indoor bike that combines the best of fitness and tech. Pop in for a demo or get in a quick ride before your next panel.

Caffeination station with La ColombeMarch 10-19 // 10AM-5PM  Introducing La Colombe at Snap Kitchen.  Enjoy a complimentary Pure Black and Draft Latte for that coffee pick-me-up between panels.

Nada Moo ice cream socialMarch 10 // 3PM-5PM  Vegan ice cream? Nada problem. Treat yourself to something sweet and enjoy a scoop of NadaMoo coconut ice cream topped with our almond & sea salt dark chocolate.

Stay chili with BeanitosMarch 11 & 18 // 3PM-5PM  Our chef will be serving up your new favorite Snap pairing: a bag of antioxidant and fiber-packed Beanitos topped with a scoop of Turkey or Vegan Chili, eaten with a spoon.

Best of bananas with BarnanaMarch 10, 13, 17  // 9AM-11AM  These dried banana bites are the perfect on-the-go snack to keep you fueled up through the fest. Take your first taste of Barnana at the Snap Trailer.

Cure for the common hangry: RXBARMarch 11 & 12  // 9AM-11AM, 3PM-5PM, March 13 // 2-4PM  A growling stomach shouldn’t cut your festival fun short. Our heroes at RXBAR will be at the trailer passing out their gluten free, soy free, dairy free, delicious full protein bars.

Some like it hot. everyone likes YellowbirdMarch 14  // 3PM-5PM  Make our Brisket Hash all your own with a drizzle of a flavor or three from our favorite local hot sauce brand — Yellowbird.

Parfait par-tay with Kokonut Yogurt, March 12 & 17  // 3PM-5PM  We’re obsessed with this Austin-born coconut yogurt. Kokonut has it all: delicious & inventive flavors, clean ingredients, plus tons of pairing potential. Get a taste for yourself at our BYO parfait bar.


Soothing sips with Nona Lim
March 14-16 // 9AM-11AM  After days full of queso, BBQ, and booze, head over to the trailer for a cup of sippable Nona Lim soup that’ll nourish & satisfy without weighing you down.

The bitter truth tastes damn goodMarch 16  // 3PM-5PM  Our friends at Salud! Bitters will be shaking up Topo Chico mocktails. Their homemade bitters increase liver function, regulate blood sugar, and promote healthy digestion… AKA just what your body called for mid-fest.

Top 10 Vegan Finds at Natural Products Expo West 2017

By | Events, Press Release

By Sarah E. Jahier

This was my fourth year at the Natural Products Expo West (past years’ coverage – 2014, 2015, 2016), a convention held every year at the Anaheim Convention Center where companies showcase their new natural foods and products to retailers, restaurants, industry folk, and press. Many companies launch new products at this convention, including many vegan and vegan-friendly products. Each year it is so exciting to see so many more vegan options at the Expo! This year was no different, and there were so many new vegan finds I can’t wait to share with you!

I was only able to go one day this year, but I still managed to cover lots of ground and hit most of the booths I was interested in checking out. I’m ecstatic that veganism keeps getting bigger and bigger at Expo, and I even overheard a buyer from a HUGE grocery chain (that was checking out a vegan cheese line no less!) exclaim that veganism seems to be everywhere this year (she’s right, and it’s just gonna keep getting bigger and bigger)! There was so much vegan stuff to check out and I stuffed my face with so much vegan food, but there were ten vegan finds that really stood out. Check them out below:

1. Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake – This was the best thing I put in my mouth all Expo!! As you probably know, I am obsessed with all things pumpkin spice, so this was the product I was most excited for and it did not disappoint! It was creamy, dreamy, and had just the right balance of sweet and pumpkin spice. This will be a seasonal product, so look for it this fall!

2. Follow Your Heart New Yogurt – There were A LOT of vegan yogurts at Expo this year, but the best I tried were from Follow Your Heart! They are made from a coconut base and full of real fruit and probiotic cultures. They are soy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO as well.  The consistency of FYH’s yogurts was perfect and I loved the real chunks of fruit in some flavors. The variety of flavors was awesome, and they included Strawberry Rhubarb, Key Lime, and Pina Colada! Look for these in stores early this summer!

3. Field Roast Mini Corn Dogs – Field Roast had so many new vegan products this year (check out more below!) that it made it tough to choose a favorite, but these mini corn dogs totally won my heart! They had the perfect batter-to-hot-dog ratio, and the batter itself was delectable! They are made with Field Roast’s own Frankfurters, so you know they are good! These will be in stores later this year – look for them in the frozen section.

4. Upton’s Naturals Ch’eesy Bacon Mac – This prepared vegan mac and cheese only takes one minute to prepare (the pasta is already cooked!) and has an incredible smoky flavor. I really liked the nice firm al dente bite of the pasta. Definitely a winner and I can’t wait for it to hit stores! Their other new products (check ’em out below) are delicious as well!

5. Miyoko’s Kitchen Smoked VeganMozz – I didn’t think Miyoko’s could get any better, but this smoky vegan mozzarella blew my mind! The flavor is unbelievable and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff! It is gonna elevate breakfast sandwiches, pizzas, grilled cheese, and so much more!

6. Nature’s Charm Vegan Sundae Sauces and Coconut Whipping Cream – Nature’s Charm are coming out with three new coconut-based dessert toppings – butterscotch, salted caramel, and chocolate fudge – plus a new coconut whipping cream! I could not get enough of these toppings and can’t wait to have vegan ice cream sundaes topped with their coconut whip and sauces.

7. NUCO Coconut Vegan Mayo – There were a few new vegan mayonnaise options at Expo, but NUCO’s coconut and avocado oil based mayo was my favorite! It had a fantastic creamy texture, just the right amount of fat to give it a good mouthfeel, and it had a great tangy taste! Plus, it is made with clean ingredients with no weird additives.

8. Vegetarian Plus Tuna Rolls – These vegan tuna rolls come in two individually wrapped rolls, and you can make all sorts of thing with them. The chef at the Vegetarian Plus booth made these incredible spicy vegan tuna rolls and I stood there for a few minutes sneaking several samples. They taste so freaking good, I can’t wait to make my own sushi rolls with them! Vegan sushi party, anyone?

9. Violife Vegan Cheeses – Like past years, Violife’s cheeses were a real standout of Expo! I tried their new after-dinner dessert cheeses stuffed with blueberries and cranberries as well as sampling some of my old favorites (like their parmesan!!) and loved everything.

10. Milkadamia Latte Da – Milkadamia was my favorite beverage at Expo last year, and now they are releasing this incredible latte drink! I tried a cappuccino they made with it, and the caramel and marshmallow flavors were delightful!

Other notable new vegan products coming to stores soon include:

NadaMoo Birthday Cake and Rockiest Road Ice Cream – These two new flavors were released a month or so before Expo, but I haven’t been able to find them at my local Sprouts grocery store yet, so Expo was the first place I got to try them! They were both phenomenal! The Birthday Cake had ribbons of yellow cake, chunks of cookie dough, and rainbow sprinkles in the vanilla ice cream, while Rockiest Road was chocolate ice cream studded with almonds, cookies, and fluffy marshmallows. Both flavors were incredible and I can’t wait to find them at my local Sprouts!

Follow Your Heart Rocket Cakes and Ready-to-Pour VeganEgg – Rocket Cakes is a brand new, ready-to-pour on the grill liquid pancake batter that will make vegan pancakes even easier to make! They were also showcasing their pre-mixed liquid VeganEgg in a container that is easy to pour. Both of these will be released in the fall.

Daiya Deluxe Cheeze Sauce – Just the cheese sauce (the same that is sold with their mac and cheese) will be sold in packets of three so you can douse your veggies or make nachos! I tried some at Expo with some chips and it was delicious. It will be available in both their Cheddar Style and Alfredo Style flavors.

Field Roast Chao Mac and Cheese, Fruffalo Wings, Katsu Cutlets, Chao Buttery Spread, and Chao Mayo – OMG, Field Roast is releasing so many RAD new products and they all taste amazing! The mac and cheese was fantatic and uses penne pasta and comes in Original and Chili flavors. The Buttery Spread tasted amazing on bread and the mayo had a nice creamy taste. And drooling over the Katsu Cutlets and Fruffalo Wings! They also had three seasonal sausages – Hawaiian, Bratwurst, and Lil’ Smokies!

Upton’s Naturals Ready-to-Eat Meals and New Jackfruit Flavors – Upton’s unveiled four new shelf-stable vegan meal kits that feature pre-cooked noodles and real vegetables that are ready in just one minute! They are available in the following authentic Thai flavors: Massaman Curry, Pad See Ew, Thai Spaghetti, and Thai Curry Noodle. They also debuted two new jackfruit flavors, Sweet and Smoky (which is perfect for those that want a subtle BBQ flavor) and Sriracha!

Myrtle Greens Vegan Jerky – I was pleased to see so many vegan jerky options at Expo, but my fave was the jerky from Myrtle Greens (who are affiliated with Vegetarian Plus). I loved Vegetarian Plus’ jerky last year, and I think these might be the same ones re-branded. I’m hoping these finally hit stores this year!

Bute Island Foods Sheese – This was my first time trying this Scottish vegan cheese that so far has only been available in Europe. It was soooooo good and they have so many different flavors. They were trying to find U.S. distribution at Expo, so I’m really hoping they get some buzz going so we can find it in the U.S. soon!

A retailer’s guide to Natural Products Expo West 2017

By | Events, Press Release

by New Hope

Expo West has three thousand-plus exhibitors, 77,000 attendees and a jam-packed education schedule. It’s almost time to gather in Anaheim for organic, non-GMO, health and doing business for good. Let Natural Foods Merchandiser help you find your way around with the tips below.

Frequently asked questions

Where do I need my badge at Natural Products Expo West?
To ease traffic going in and out of the exhibit halls, you need to present a badge and ID to enter the Anaheim Convention Center, not the show floor. Look for designated entry doors. Exhibitors and Super Pass holders have separate entrances. You will also need your badge to enter education sessions and on-site events.

I’m driving my car to the Anaheim Convention Center. Where is the best place to park?
It will be extremely congested near the convention center and parking will be limited this year because of construction and expanded on-campus activities. To avoid the chaos, we recommend parking for free at nearby Angel Stadium. Free shuttles are available throughout the day from the stadium to the Anaheim Convention Center and back. To take the shuttle from the Convention Center to Angel Stadium, load near Katella Avenue (by the Arena). Bonus: Avoid on-site registration lines by printing your badge at Angel Stadium after you’ve parked.

Can I register additional teammates in Anaheim?
Yes. Full-service registration will be available at the Hilton and education upgrades are available at the Marriott. While this service is available, Expo West organizers recommend registering staff before you arrive at the show to save time and avoid lines. If you do need to register someone on-site, don’t forget to bring valid business proof and identification.

How do I navigate the show floor?
The show floor is expansive, so it’s best to plan your route in advance.With all of the new exhibitors, though, you might need reading glasses to navigate by map. For ease, we recommend downloading the Natural Products Expo West/Engredea app for your phone or tablet. With the app, you can access the Exhibitor List, education schedule, events and a navigation tool, all while on the go. Get the app at m.expowest.com.

Is it hard to find places to eat while at Expo West?
There are restaurants nearby (think Cheesecake Factory, Anaheim Brewery, Joe’s Crabshack) but they fill up quickly. If you’re planning a dinner outing or team meal, call ahead and reserve space. If you need a quick bite to eat, the Hilton Food Court across from the convention center might satisfy your need. Pull up your favorite ride sharing app and get a ride to the Anaheim Packing House, 440 S. Anaheim Blvd. The food hall features several restaurants, bars, shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Disney makes for a nice walk or short ride, too.

I brought my children so we could go to amusement parks after the show. What options do I have for child care while I’m at the show?
Children 16 and younger are allowed to attend Natural Products Expo West, but they require a children’s badge and adult supervision. The cost for a badge is $25. If you need child care on-site, this is also available for $25 a day. To register, print badges or check children in to child care, go to the Hilton, Lower Level.

Registration and badge pickup lines have been difficult in the past. Will it be easier this year?
Yes! Lots of new registration areas have been added across the Expo West campus. Three examples are the Arena Box Office, the Hyatt Hotel and Angel Stadium. Additionally, keep an eye out for mobile registration carts. If badge pickup lines get busy, the mobile carts will roll that way to scan confirmation barcodes and print badges.

I love collecting product samples and bringing them home to try. How many am I allowed to take?

Attendees are limited to one sample bag per day. If you find that you’re getting too many samples to fit in one bag, encourage exhibitors to ship samples to you. This way, you don’t have to lug bags of food on the airplane and you’ll make sure to have the exhibitor’s contact information if you plan to place an order post-show. If you still have more than one bag at the end of the day, don’t worry. New Hope Network will donate the food to local food banks and charities, so it will go to a good cause.

What are Expo West essentials?
Water! Business cards. Expo West/Engredea app. Phone charger. Comfortable shoes. Snacks.NFM.

Is there anything new for Expo West 2017 I should know about?
The Hot Products show floors have expanded to include both the Hilton and Marriott this year. The exhibits will open a day before others and run March 10-12. If you see an “H” listed as a booth location, it means the exhibitor can be found in the Hilton; and “M” refers to the Marriott. The Super Pass is also returning. Even if you’ve already purchased a badge, you can log in to your registration account and upgrade your badge to get access to things like education sessions and a VIP Lounge with an electronics charging station.

Plan to’s

Plan to stay organized at Expo West
If you’re looking for the best way to plan your expo schedule, then head over to your phone’s app store to download the official Natural Products Expo West app. If you’re an iPhone user, open up the app store and type “natural products expo” into the search bar located at the top of your screen. Second, click “get,” then “install” and then type in your iTunes password to download the app. The next step is to open up the app. Once the app is opened, press “continue” to enable notifications, then “enable services” in order to get full use of the app. When that is done, sign in with your badge number and ZIP code (or use the app as a guest by pressing “continues as guest”). The Expo West app allows users to create their own schedule of events, view a map of Expo West, check out a list of exhibitors and so much more. If you’ve followed all the previously mentioned steps, you are all set to explore the app and create your ideal expo schedule.

Plan to get your groove on
Kat Myers and the Buzzards: A mix between rock and roll and the blues, Kat Myers and the Buzzards is a band right out of the classic rock archives. This performance on Thursday evening is sure to set the stage for a weekend full of good vibes. This trio uses its minimalistic setup to immerse fans in some feel-good music that is guaranteed to get you dancing. Be sure not to miss them on the Grand Plaza Main Stage on Thursday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.

See-I: Washington, D.C., natives and brothers Zeebo and Rootz Steele have been sharing their influential reggae music with the world since the 1980s, and now they are bringing their talents to Expo West.

Unwind with See-I Friday night, March 10, as the Southern California sun sets on a full day of Expo West. You can be sure that there will be lots of dancing and fun at this event on the Grand Plaza. Show your best moves from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Funky Meters: What started out as a friendly jam at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1989 turned out to be the grounds for the formation of the band The Funky Meters. Their music can be described as a combination of funk, blues and dance grooves with a hint of rock and roll—a combination that’s sure to get you on your feet dancing the night away. Be sure not to miss The Funky Meters from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, at the Grand Plaza Main Stage.

Plan to watch this
Climate Day at Expo West is sure to be jam-packed full of big thinking and tough conversations as thought leaders give keynotes about climate change, networking with other professionals concerned about climate change takes place and attendees take part in the climate awards ceremony.

Be sure, though, to stick around (or join in) as the day caps off with a film screening of Kiss the Ground. Two acclaimed documentary film production companies have partnered with the nonprofit Kiss the Ground to share the story of Earth’s foundation—soil. The film preview and question-and-answer session take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March, 8, in Marriott Ballroom E.

Plan to take time to breathe
Don’t stress out at Expo West—recharge and unwind with early morning yoga under the beautiful California sun. Held on the Grand Plaza Main Stage, you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to stretch your muscles and clear your mind. Awake and find your bliss from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings (March 9, 10, 11 and 12).

Plan to sustain yourself
Sorry, samples will not sustain you for all of the networking, learning and product perusing you will do at Expo West. So to offer a little more sustenance on the Anaheim Convention Center campus (and the added bonus of being out under the California sun), The Park debuts this year in the Sheraton Parking lot behind the Hilton. Here you will find food trucks open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Natural brand trucks include: Nature’s Bakery, Nadamoo, Hippeas, Chefs Cut Jerky, Sundown Naturals and Vital Proteins.

Chobani, Vega, 4th and Heart, and Enjoy Life Foods will park alongside four Orange County-area food trucks to serve show attendees in the Grand Plaza. In the Convention Center, concession stands offer varied menus, including organic options, in the hall B/C breezeway and in halls A-D. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Across the plaza, the Hilton has a small food court including Sbarro, Baja Fresh Express, Just Grillin’ and Submarina. And both the Marriott and Hilton have Starbucks outlets with small grab-and-go offerings. Prepare for long lines.

Plan to focus on organic
Grow your organic offerings easily by strolling the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace. This single-afternoon event features solely organic products. Find unique exhibitors that will only appear at this event among others who will appear on show floors later. Join in under the big white tent next to the Marriott from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9.

NadaMoo Joined Whole Planet Foundation

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Whole Planet Foundation® and partners host pre-GRAMMY® benefit and showcase at OHM Nightclub in Hollywood

by Whole Planet Foundation

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, Whole Planet Foundation, Clamorhouse and other valued partners will honor Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, co-founders of Alaffia, for alleviating poverty in Togo and around the globe. The celebration will take place at Whole Planet Foundation’s biennial pre-GRAMMY benefit, which will be held at OHM Nightclub in Los Angeles.

Whole Planet Foundation LogoGRAMMY-nominated artists Kris Kristofferson, La Santa Cecilia, and Rene Marie will perform at the benefit along with The Reluctant Apostles featuring Katey Sagal, Chris Assaad and Givers and Takers. Celebrity hosts include drummer/producer Vince Wilburn Jr. (Miles Davis Estate).

Alaffia, an organization based in Olympia, WA, empowers West African communities to become sustainable through the fair trade of indigenous resources and the sale of handcrafted body care products. Olowo-n’djo and Rose encourage empowerment through Alaffia’s community projects, women’s cooperatives, education, and involvement in their local communities. Since 2006, Alaffia has funded 4,463 births, planted 57,575 trees, donated 7,482 bicycles to Togolese students, built ten schools, and provided school supplies to 32,842 students. “The only things that are certain is that my life will be forever sacrificed for the empowerment of all disadvantaged people, and that even if Alaffia was to disappear today from the face of the earth, the support and the opportunities that each and every one of you have given us over the years has profoundly impacted my communities for generations to come,” said Olowo-n’djo Tchala, co-founder.

Alaffia is a top donor to Whole Planet Foundation’s global microfinance programs in 69 countries including Togo and the United States, “Given the first average developing world loan size of$184, Alaffia’s donation of $200,000 to the Foundation has created more than 5,775 opportunities for impoverished entrepreneurs and their family members to live a better life.  We are proud to honor Alaffia for their trailblazing impact in Olowo-n’djo’s native Togo and abroad, and to be joined by this year’s generous event sponsors like truRoots to raise funds for global poverty alleviation,” said Joy Stoddard, executive development and outreach director of Whole Planet Foundation.

Proceeds from the evening will go directly to Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market non-profit, to fund microcredit loans to provide the world’s poorest entrepreneurs with the opportunity to create home-based businesses for the chance to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. To date, Whole Planet Foundation has disbursed $61 million in microlending programs, funding 1.75 million microcredit loans for microentrepreneurs, 88%women, in 69 countries.

The invitation-only benefit will be held at OHM Nightclub in Los Angeles, in the heart ofHollywood and the Walk of Fame.

The event is supported by Presenting Sponsor truRoots and Community Leader Sambazon. Foundation Partners are BluePrint Organic, Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods, City National Bank, Saffron Road, SeaSnax, Lifeway Kefir, Lily’s Sweets, PopChips, prAna, and VOSS Water. Event Supporters include Coyo, Harmless Harvest, Health-Ade Kombucha, Justin’s, KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks, NadaMoo, Playing for Change Foundation, Rishi Tea and Volvic.  Event Contributors include Cabo Chips, Castor & Pollux, Doctor Kracker, Greyston Bakery, Heavenly Organics, KIND Bar, Madécasse Chocolate, MS Event Production, Navitas Naturals, Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, Planet LA Records, Purely Elizabeth, Putumayo, Rhythm Superfoods, Scarlette Bartending and The Seaweed Bath Co.

About Whole Planet Foundation®
Founded in 2005, Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market foundation that alleviates poverty worldwide where the company sources products. The nonprofit’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit and the chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. As of September 2016, Whole Planet Foundation is funding microlending programs through microfinance institution partners in 69 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including the United States, creating 9.5 million opportunities for entrepreneurs and their families to have a chance for a better life. To date, the nonprofit has authorized more than $71 million and disbursed $61 million through microlending partners worldwide.

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