Earth Fare Launches Foundation to Fight Childhood Obesity

Fletcher, NC, February 06, 2013 --( Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket, is pleased to announce the launch of The Friends of Earth Fare Foundation. This non-profit, charitable organization will provide children across the Southeast and Midwest with access to healthy food choices and activity through partnerships with local non-profits, schools and community initiatives. The goal of the new Foundation is to inspire and build a community of healthy and active kids by funding programs that focus on providing all-natural, healthy food options or that reinforce an active lifestyle.

Over the past 6 months, the Friends of Earth Fare Foundation is responsible for more than $50,000 in grants to organizations including:

· Aspire, Youth and Family Inc. in Clyde, NC to support their Kids at Work! afterschool cooking program that teaches healthy eating habits and kitchen skills.
· The Rotary Foundation of Johnson City, TN to help support the construction of their Boundless public playground project.
· So Dance Scholarship Fund in Asheville, NC to offer more than 20 local at-risk kids the chance to follow their passion to learn classical dance.
· Murray Lassaine Elementary School in James Island, SC to support their Seedlings – Farm to Table for Kids program and school garden that teaches students the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Earth Fare’s commitment to fighting childhood obesity began four years ago with the launch of its signature Family Dinner Night, where up to six kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal of $5 or more at any of its 29 locations. Over the past four years, Earth Fare has fed more than 500,000 kids a healthy all-natural meal for free.

Organizations that are committed to providing education or access to healthy food options to kids can apply for a grant (up to $5,000) to support their local initiative. Criteria for applying and applications are available at

On April 13, to celebrate the launch of the Friends of Earth Fare Foundation, the Asheville-based healthy supermarket will host the Friends of Earth Fare 5K and Fun Run at Riverlink’s Sculpture Park, Asheville, NC. The race is open to all ages. Early registration for the race is $20 per adult and $5 for kids. More information about the race can be found at All proceeds will go to benefit the Friends of Earth Fare Foundation.

About Earth Fare, Inc.:
Founded in 1975 in Asheville, NC, Earth Fare, the healthy supermarket, is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the country with more than 28 stores across the Southeast and Midwest. Headquartered in Fletcher, NC, Earth Fare leads the natural and organic food industry as one of the only supermarket retailers in the country to ban high-fructose corn syrup, artificial fats and trans-fats, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, as well as antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones in fresh meats and dairy. Earth Fare has differentiated itself with the strictest ingredient standard in the industry and its commitment to its mission: to feed and inspire the healthy person inside you!
Earth Fare, Inc.
Kristi Kanzig