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January 11, 2008


On Wednesday, January 16, the Rockville Whole Foods Market will donate five percent of the day's sales to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC). RTC, a national 501(c) nonprofit, has helped establish and promote some of Rockville's favorite regional rail-trails, such as the Capital Crescent and the Goldmine Loop. Every Whole Foods Market hosts four 5% Community Support Days annually to support the work of community nonprofits.

"I am thrilled to learn that Whole Foods in Rockville is giving five percent of every purchase to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on Wednesday," says Kathy Freedman, co-owner of Capital Running Company, and a member of RTC since 1999. "The rail-trails in our local area are very important to our community and those who enjoy active lifestyles through running, walking, biking and skating. It's a great way to give back to RTC while doing one's regular grocery shopping."

Most recently, RTC assisted trail-building efforts on a Catonsville rail-trail outside Baltimore and the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Washington, D.C.

"Whole Foods Market is giving us a great opportunity to promote our local trail work and we truly appreciate the generosity of the local Rockville community," says Keith Laughlin, president of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Whole Foods Market, Rockville Md.
1649 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301.984.4880

Wednesday, January 16, from 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Katie Test, 202.974.5152 or

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many  from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market® ( is the world's leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America's first national certified organic grocer. In fiscal year 2006, the company had sales of $5.6 billion and currently has more than 270 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Whole Foods Market motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures the company's mission to find success in customer satisfaction and wellness, employee excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Whole Foods Market, Fresh & Wild™, and Harry's Farmers Market® are trademarks owned by Whole Foods Market IP, LP. Wild Oats® and Capers Community Market™ are trademarks owned by Wild Marks, Inc. Whole Foods Market employs more than 50,000 Team Members and has been ranked for ten consecutive years as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037