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Whole Foods: We Will Not Create Fund for Use by JP Community Groups

Grocer says it will give to the community as it does in the rest of its stores across the country.

The following is a press release from Heather W. McCready, Public Relations Manager for Whole Foods Market, North Atlantic Region:

Whole Foods Market has a long history as responsible community partners, not only through our deeply rooted involvement with local programs and committees, but also through our extensive give-back programs. 

We are committed to having a dedicated community market liaison at each store location whose job is to work with local community groups and non-profit organizations.  Since January, 2011, Whole Foods Market has donated or promised more than $36,000 in monetary and food donations to JP community groups, schools and non-profit organizations, and this is just the beginning of our efforts as we are open to supporting any 501c3 that supports the causes that are important to Jamaica Plain’s residents.

The JPNC [Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council] recently requested that Whole Foods Market create a fund for use by JP community groups, which is a request that has never been made to any other retailer joining JP. Creating a fund for a specific community is not how we do business, nor have we ever found it necessary given our history of community involvement. Our outlook at this time has not changed, and we are now focusing 100% of our energy on opening our new store in Jamaica Plain.

WhoseFoods September 14, 2011 at 03:31 PM
They'll pay Mangia. They will all pay. Every greedy homeowner and shopkeep in JP will pay us for what they've done to our neighborhood. You and I know that none of them have earned what they have. They took it from us! Wocket and Derryl's condos are mine! I earned them, unless of course I took them.
Em September 14, 2011 at 03:33 PM
How is that misleading? Seems pretty straightforward to me.
Michael Christopher September 14, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Because traditionally after a colon in a headline, it is either a direct quote or close to it. While I personally do wish that Whole Foods had a taken a harder line stance, this just isn't the reality. Responsibly and not attributing the quote directly, should be something along the lines of 'Whole Foods won't Create Fund for Use by Jamaica Plain Community Groups' - which isn't even the point of the statement. How about: "Whole Foods won't bow to JPNC "Demand'" The addition of the new subhead makes it more clear though.
Em September 14, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Uh, ok. Seems irrelevant, but whatever.
Em September 14, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Oh, does "disses" mean "avoids extortion" now? If not, it should because that's what their doing. You're as much of an internet troll as anyone else, stirring it up and then taking a step back. It's all so unnecessary and sad. Why can't we all as a community move through this? All of these issues regarding the negative effects of WF are speculation... they haven't happened yet. Why not appreciate what they're doing (which, BTW, most other businesses in JP are NOT doing) instead of asking for more and more? It's so ridiculous.
Michael Christopher September 14, 2011 at 03:50 PM
I guess it's "irrelevant" if misleading/sensationalistic headlines don't bother you, but, uh, whatever.
WhoseFoods September 14, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Why should Whole Foods get to eat alone. I'm sure a fellow WhoseFooder with the handle Mangia knows that old Mafia phrase, am I right ladies? Am I right?
Bill September 14, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Give your neck a rest, Whoosey, it's over and you're all washed-up. "Citizens of JP! Lend me your ear!" -- again, some more, for no particular reason. Your cause was suspect to begin with and it's now a dead issue. DEMANDING that a corporation give money according to your whims -- see how well that worked out, eh? Whatta ya gonna do next, sit in their shopping carts till you get promised apples to go away? Start a campaign to save the irradiated pygmy goats in Japan, the response rate will be far higher.
WhoseFoods September 14, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Just like the oppressive and mostly Anglo-American pro-whole foods contingent. If you'd read our extensive report you'd know that apples are hardly culturally appropriate food to promise us. We won't tolerate your gastro-fascism.
Edward Roche September 14, 2011 at 04:51 PM
When every other retailer in JP is required to submit funds - then Whole Foods can reasonably be asked to do the same. This whole affair has just been one big opportunity for every group around to show up with their hand out. Enough is enough.
Bill September 14, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Geeze, I stand corrected by the Intellectual Anarchist! "Apples are hardly culturally appropriate food to offer us!" sez he or she. Well then ask for rutabagas, taro root or hemlock -- the choice is yours! But you have no problem sitting in WF shopping carts waiting for something, right? Egad, now I've been grouped in with "the oppressive and mostly Anglo-American pro-whole foods contingent." Sounds like a bad line from a 1960s Communist newsreel. Can we get a "Death to the WF infidels!" to go with that? Maybe a "Crush the capitalist food sellers!" as well? Just another supermarket to me, pally, and it's not going to make or break my whole (oops) existence. Hey, wait a minute, Whoois, what's this "mostly Anglo" part anyhow? Whatta ya trying to imply, it's some sort of racial issue now? Last but not least, did you 'produce an extensive report' or hand over a damned menu? Sure seems like the latter. Didn't get anywhere demanding money from WF, buddy rough, and essentially ya got biatch-slapped and sent home empty-handed. And, yes, many of us are laughing at you. No lack of countries looking for freedom fighters to battle some sort of oppressors, you're wasting all this angst tossing rhetoric at disinterested shadows.
WhoseFoods September 14, 2011 at 05:24 PM
We had batted around the idea of "Crush the capitalist food purveyors!" but, I say, I rather like yours better. We're gonna need a king bed sheet for this sign! Those shopping carts will be our chariots of liberty, unless they are those more urban carts, which none of us would fit it. But that would be symbolic in itself, wouldn't it?! WF does not fit in JP and we do not fit in their carts. We won't be pushed around by WF. We can't be bought...well, except that 1% thing. ¡Viva la Revolución!
cybah September 14, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Dude, are you for real?!? Seriously, its time to drop this anti-WH and move on. You wonder why Whole foods won't take you seriously? maybe its because your "demands" are way over the top and bordering on psychotic. All you are doing is making yourself look bad in the long run. WhoseFoods and what not are already the laughing stock all over JP and the internet. Demands? REALLY> Its really time to move from this. How about focusing your energy on something else for a change. There's people starving right in your neighborhood, and all you can think about is protesting a Whole Foods?!? You 20% activists really need to get a life, and move on. Take your energies and focus on something GOOD instead of hatred of a f'ing supermarket. Its a supermarket folks, not a nuclear power plant or a incinerator, or a methadone clinic.
Bill September 14, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Glad you're not pschyo-serious about all this, Whose. Abajo con los que no venden lo que quieras! Viva la plátanos! Peace on.
WhoseFoods September 14, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Dude? Don't project your patriarchal hetero-normative gender roles on to me! What do you know about the hungry in JP? Do you even know what the oppressed and vulnerable of JP truly hunger for? I have spoken with all of them, or at least a few of them. The dude totally had an accent, so I think he was oppressed and vulnerable, but anyway... I know what they hunger for! A rally!! With puppets and spontaneous accordions !!
quepos September 14, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Whole foods is coming to JP??? WOOHOO!!
Carol Galvin September 14, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Good for you Whole Foods. Stay within the peramiters you have for all of your stores. These community people are nothing but socialists trying to strong arm anyone they can. Station 13 will be happy to make a police presence with a couple of the young, tough of Boston's Finest to smile at the community, while keeping them at bay. NEVER give any kind of power to these people. This is a Capitalistic country. He who holds the gold, makes the rules. Tell them to grow their own food in the community gardens.
Bill September 14, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Wow, for a minute I thought this was Munich in 1935! And the storm-troopers will be there to enforce order, too. Spoken like a true affluent racist, Carol. Bravo! No sense being reasonable about it, just tell THEM to grow THEIR own food. What's next, put THEM in camps? Your type has always feared Socialists, for obvious reasons. Good Lawd, I didn't know there were any cretins like you left in the area or this era.
Mangia September 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM
Right on Carol! How dare these community members demand that the neighborhood be developed for the benefit of all? They must think that the people run things around here! Well I guess they never learned the golden rule. Thank you for setting them straight. If they want affordable food they should grow it themselves.
Chris September 14, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Carol: I think you're trying to put words in the mouth of the many people who don't support taking 1% of this store's revenue--one third of its profits. But yours was an ugly and incoherent post. Try speaking for yourself and not pretending to get at the viewpoint of others. It's insulting.
Jamaica Plainer September 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Praying that's sarcasm, Carol.
Raphael September 15, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Awesome stuff, WhoseFood. I just finally had a chance to read this comment stream and you're killing it. I can't believe how many people fell for your schtick. It's as if sarcasm were a novelty and satire weren't invented yet. Nice to see at least someone is having some fun around here. Puppets and spontaneous accordions for all my friends!
Andrea Cherez September 15, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Does anyone know yet when Whole Foods is opening?
WhoseFoods September 15, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Mangia! Right on! The people decide what is done with private property, not the 'owners'! We had a very bad experience at the Real Deal Deli, so We have decided it should become a performance space for aspiring local ventriloquists. All proceeds will go to easing the financial burden Ben Mauer is currently experiencing having recently relocated to JP. We could also possibly buy him a new shower curtain and coordinating bath mat. His are looking a bit tired.
Bill September 15, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Haven't heard either, but I know a few people who'd like to apply there when the time comes. "No, no, put down the stones! I didn't incite them! It was their own idea! AHHHHHHHHHHH!"
Bill September 15, 2011 at 03:29 PM
@Carol, memorize this. Kein Gemüse für jene Menschen, müssen sie ihre eigenen gewachsen! Die Polizei wird sicherzustellen, dass sie nicht versuchen, alle zu erhalten!
WhoseFoods September 15, 2011 at 03:32 PM
What?! So they can be Wage Slaves with Medical Care, Personal Wellness Accounts, Dental Plans, Vision Plans, Health Care Reimbursement Accounts, Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, 401(k) Retirement Savings, Team Member Discounts, Paid Time Off, Gainsharing and Stock Option Plans??? Stock Option Plan SLAVES!
JP Pragmatist September 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Yhose guys are on a roll!! I was laughing so hard , I got a headache! Toooo funny. WHOSE - YOU are a riot. Seriously! Do you do stand up? You really should think about it. Quick, original, hysterical, soooo funny, such great satire. We need more of this to lighten the mood. JP was getting so depressing, I was regretting living here. Have you heard of Borowitz ? He's a comedian in NYC, so funny. He sends out brilliant jokes every few days. He's like Colbert and Maher. Keep the satire coming WHOSER - we really need it .. reminds me of that song .. ' what the world needs now is love sweet love ' instead: ' what JP needs now is humor sweet humor!' 8-]
Maura September 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM
JP Prag-this is why I asked (on some other Patch thread) Mr or Ms WhoseFood to take my hand in marriage. Alas, my overtures have been ignored. I may have to schlep out to the Dedham WFM to get some valerian root if I have any hope of getting to my distraught self to sleep tonight.
Bill September 18, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Whoose are you? Whoose, whoose whoose, whoose?

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