Sprouts Farmers Market opened its first store in Pennsylvania yesterday. The healthy grocer reached its 16th year of operation last month and the new Philadelphia location is one of more than 300 stores from coast to coast.
Sprouts has been a driving force for making healthy food affordable and accessible since its inception and has paved the way for numerous natural brands. The Philadelphia store will offer locally made products, including Love Beets.
To celebrate the healthy grocerâ€™s first location in Pennsylvania, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has made a $20,000 donation to Urban Tree Connection, a local non-profit that works with low-income Philadelphia communities to transform abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction.
The Foundation will also donate $2,500 to Christian Street YMCA in support of its programs that strengthen the community through youth development and healthy living.
As part of Sproutsâ€™ commitment to â€œzero waste,â€ the Philadelphia store will donate unsold and edible groceries to Philabundance through the grocerâ€™s Food Rescue program. In 2017, Sprouts stores and distribution centers donated 23 million pounds of product, equivalent to 19 million meals.
Food that is not fit for donation is provided to local cattle farms and composting facilities. Sproutsâ€™ evolving â€œzero wasteâ€ initiatives help minimize food waste while reducing the impact of hunger and the companyâ€™s environmental footprint.