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Whole Foods app rewards green behavior with coupons

BY DSN STAFF

AUSTIN — Whole Foods is rewarding customers that live a green lifestyle through its new application it created with Whole Planet Foundation and BlueAvocado.

The "Make Change. Not Waste." mobile iPhone app allows users to earn badges and coupons for a number of green behaviors including recycling, using a reusable bag and biking to work. After completing 10 green actions, customers can unlock one coupon from leading green brands including: Nature’s Path, Alexia Foods, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Stonyfield, Frontier Co-op and Organic Valley. Shoppers also can donate a percentage of the coupon value back to Whole Planet Foundation. The app is available to download from the Apple Store.

"We’re excited to help shoppers find easy ways to protect the planet, track their green choices and fund poverty alleviation projects around the world," said Philip Sansone, president and executive director of Whole Planet Foundation. "Through this app, shoppers can invest in making a real difference for the planet and their global neighbors."

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Dollar General announces $6.4 million donation to support literacy

BY Allison Cerra

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General has awarded grants to more than 593 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools through the chain’s literacy foundation.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded grants to schools and organizations in communities across the 39 states served by Dollar General. The funding, valued at more than $6.4 million, supports such programs as adult literacy, GED preparation and English language acquisition. Dollar General said more than 410,300 people are expected to benefit from literacy services provided by the grants.

"Literacy is the key for opening doors to new opportunities and better lives," Dollar General chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said. "We are pleased to help local organizations enhance and expand their literacy programs to make education more accessible to everyone."

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Nonprofit awards AAFES COO Champions Diversity Leadership Award

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — The Texas Diversity Council on Wednesday commended the Army and Air Force Exchange Service for its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

AAFES’s COO, Mike Howard, was one of two 2012 winners of the Champions Diversity Leadership Award at the council’s annual Diversity and Leadership Conference. Howard was recognized for being a visible champion of diversity and inclusion not only at AAFES, but the community as well.
 
The TXDC is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2004 to foster a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity and inclusion.

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