If you’re planning to do some grocery shopping and you happen to be a fan of sustainability and sound watershed management, here’s a way to integrate the two. Next Wednesday, April 18 five percent of purchases at Whole Foods in Jenkintown will go to support the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc.
Whole Foods calls it “Five Percent Day,” which they sponsor periodically by inviting a local non-profit to partner with them and share their story with the community. The store then donates five percent of that day’s sales to the community-based organization.
The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) works to enhance the health and vitality of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek and watershed, which includes Cheltenham, Abington, Jenkintown, Rockledge and Springfield in Montgomery County and neighborhoods in North, Northeast, and Northwest Philadelphia. TTF initiates and supports efforts to restore the watershed’s health and mobilizes watershed stewards through community outreach, networking, educational programs, and projects.
The TTF-Whole Foods initiative came about when TTF Executive Director Julie Slavet, who had been aware of “Five Percent” days, contacted Whole Foods to see if they’d be interested. Since environmental concern is a part of the grocery chain’s core values and April, being Earth Day month, seemed like the right time, the project came together seamlessly, said Slavet.
Slavet is excited about the opportunity to supplement TTF’s tight budget of $250,000, most of which comes from the Philadelphia Water Department, Cheltenham and Abington Townships, Rockledge and Springfield Townships and some foundation grants. She plans to use the extra funds for materials to facilitate its educational mission on watershed issues.
TTF was instrumental in the creation of a 10,000 square foot riparian buffer, outdoor classroom and native bird habitat at Glenside Elementary and the installation of a 15,000 riparian buffer along Rock Creek, a first order stream of the Tookany Creek located behind Cedarbrook Middle School.
In addition, TTF will be holding free workshops all day on April 18 at the Whole Foods Jenkintown store. Here’s the schedule.
10 a.m. Watershed Basics
11 a.m. Rain Barrels
12 p.m. Options for Managing Stormwater at Your Home
1 p.m. Native Plants & Clean Water
2 p.m. Rain Gardens for Your Home & Community
3 p.m. Native Plants & Clean Water
4 p.m. Rain Gardens for your Home & Community
5 p.m. Options for Managing Stormwater at Your Home
6 p.m. Rain Barrels
7 p.m. Watershed Basics