Posted on June 16, 2006

Wild Oats donates $250,000 worth of vitamins to poor countries

International nonprofit distributes retailer's nutrients

Natural and organic food retailer Wild Oats Markets, Inc. Thursday said it donated $250,000 worth of Wild Oats brand vitamins and supplements to Vitamin Angel Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides health education and nutritional supplements to medically underserved communities around the world.

Through Vitamin Angel Alliance, the Wild Oats donation will aid and support people who rely on various charitable health care facilities and programs throughout the countries of Liberia and Zambia.

"Thousands of villagers and children in Liberia and Zambia will benefit from Wild Oats’ significant donation," said Howard B. Schiffer, founder and president of Vitamin Angels. "With Wild Oats’ assistance, hundreds of children, women and men will be provided the proper supplements needed to fight malnutrition-linked disease and other preventable illnesses."

Vitamin Angels selects and identifies countries based on community need, and distributes to people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or political belief.

"This is a win-win for each entity," Wild Oats President and CEO Perry Odak said. "Wild Oats believes every person should have access to proper nutrition. We are proud to lend our support to Vitamin Angels and supply enriching nutrients to these poverty stricken countries."

Wild Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic foods markets in the U.S. and Canada with annual sales of more than $1.1 billion. The company operates 113 natural foods stores in 24 states and British Columbia. The company’s store names include: Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Henry’s Farmers Market, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets.

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