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Shop at Boise's Whole Foods Thursday, Jan. 10, to Help Kids Get Healthy Meals

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Whole Foods is sometimes derided for its prices, but on Thursday, Jan. 10, there's a big perk for dropping a hefty chunk of change at the checkout in Boise. As it happens, Thursday is one of the company's "5% giving days," when five percent of all sales go to a local nonprofit. This time around, the Boise Whole Foods chose Nutrition Works, a branch of the health and human services-focused nonprofit Jannus, which helps provide nutritious meals for kids through meal reimbursements and training for local child care providers.

When it first expanded its reach in 2015, Nutrition Works funded meals and snacks for more than 8,000 Idaho kids to the tune of over 1.4 million plates of food. Since then, it has continued to allocate United States Department of Agriculture funds to help keep Idaho's kids (most of them 12 and under) healthy and fed.

"[The funds raised at Whole Foods] will go more specifically toward training for childcare providers who are serving the nutritious meals." said Anji Armagost, Nutrition Works' program director. "We do training on quick and nutritious snacks, nutrition policy training, and in the past we've partnered with Cooking Matters to do training classes."

The money generated by shoppers at Whole Foods on Thursday will stay in Idaho, where Nutrition Works operates in health regions 3-7, or as Armagost put it, "as far east as Driggs and Tetonia, as far south as Bear Lake, and we go all the way to the Oregon border and then up into Adams County."