Whole Foods opens and showcases their commitment to Newark with employment, grants and supporting local entrepreneurs. The store is Whole Foods Market’s third location in Essex County and its 17th in New Jersey. The store will create 145 new jobs for the Newark community of which 90 are Newarkers.
In an effort to increase access to fresh, healthy food in Newark, local organizations were invited to apply for Whole Cities Foundation’s Fresh, Healthy Food Access Grant. After reviewing applications, 11 Newark-based organizations were selected to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000. Each recipient’s work helps strengthen the local food system and supports community self-sufficiency and self-determination. Grant recipients include:
- Al'Maidah Organic Community Garden
- Aldine Street Community Garden
- Bedrock Gardening Solutions
- Center for Court Innovation
- Elegant Bouquet Kitchen
- Project, Garden of Worker Bees
- International Youth Organization
- Newark Science and Sustainability
- Planting Seeds of Hope
- Rabbit Hole Farm
- Unified Vailsburg Services Organization
Additionally, select vendors have committed to donating a portion of sales from nearly 800 products during the first two weeks of the opening to Whole Cities Foundation, which will support community healthy-eating initiatives and education in Newark.
Throughout the store you will find familiar local brands that are made in Newark, including jewelry from GlassRoots, coffee from TM Ward Coffee, greens from AeroFarms and even a Bean Pie Café.
Whole Foods Market Newark
633 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Store Hours: 7am-8pm