Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation supports health and wellness causes through $1.6 million grant to nonprofit organizations

PHOENIX, 2016-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sprouts Farmers Market (Nasdaq:SFM) today (Oct. 18, 2016) announced that the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation will award $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations that support health- and wellness-related causes this fall. The Foundation, which launched in 2015 and distributed $1.3 million in to nonprofit organizations in its first year, focuses its giving in promoting health education and nutrition, food security and hunger relief, and helping people living with disabilities and health concerns. Giving back to the community has been part of the Sprouts culture since its inception. Through the Foundation, the company intends to increase its charitable giving and community engagement by creating partnerships with dozens of local nonprofits through its Neighborhood Grants program, fulfilling larger-scale Impact Grants and encouraging team member volunteerism.

“As Sprouts continues to grow from coast to coast, we remain committed to providing affordable access to healthy food. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation enables us to take our commitment to healthy living one step further by providing financial assistance to health and wellness organizations that support the needs of the local community,” said Sprouts chief executive officer, Amin Maredia.

Top nonprofit partners include:

  • REAL School Gardens – Support of new garden installations, the creation of a school-based health nutrition curriculum and the launch of a new REAL School Gardens region.
  • Vitamin Angels – Helps at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life-changing vitamins and minerals. Through the course of our four year partnership, we have helped more than 3 million children.
  • Autism Speaks – Resources for children and adults affected by autism.

Additionally, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation will award more than $400,000 in Neighborhood Grants to 54 local organizations in the 13 states in which Sprouts operates.

“Our Neighborhood Grants program is designed to support local nonprofit organizations that directly impact the communities where we operate,” said Lyndsey Waugh, executive director of the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. “Through this grant program, we’re able to directly connect with local nonprofits that contribute to health and wellness, providing funding, visibility and awareness for their important work. The grants are funded through our in-store ‘community round-up’ campaign, plus dollars from the Foundation. It’s a great opportunity to partner with our team members and customers to support others on their healthy living journey.”

Full list of 2016 Neighborhood Grants recipients by state:

  • CAST for Kids Foundation
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Huntsville


  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix
  • Council for Jews with Special Needs
  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • First Place AZ
  • Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus Pine Council
  • Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona

California (North)

  • Bakersfield Arc
  • Healthy Aging Association
  • Hoffmann Hospice
  • United Way of Stanislaus County
  • Wellspring Women’s Center
  • YMCA of San Francisco

California (South)

  • Boys & Girls Club of South Coast Area
  • Fit Kids
  • Los Angeles Community Garden Council
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Southern California and Nevada
  • Orangewood Foundation


  • Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (at University of CO Medical Campus)
  • Care and Share, Inc.
  • Groundwork Denver, Inc.
  • Healthy Learning Paths
  • Loveland Youth Gardeners
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association of Colorado


  • Atlanta Children’s Shelter
  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
  • Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (CHOICES)
  • Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
  • Special Olympics Georgia
  • Variety – the Children’s Charity of Georgia
  • Wylde Center


  • Just Food of Douglas County
  • Van Go, Inc.


  • Autism Works
  • Harvesters – the Community Network
  • Kansas City Community Gardens

New Mexico

  • La Semilla Food Center
  • Meals on Wheels


  • Edward Kline Memorial Homeless Veterans Fund
  • Future Smiles
  • Ogden Foundation


  • Oklahoma City Beautiful
  • Positive Tomorrows


  • Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency
  • Progress, Inc.


  • Comal Senior Citizen Foundation
  • McKinney Rotary Foundation
  • New Day
  • Recipe for Success Foundation
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas


  • Community Action Services & Food Bank
  • Green Urban Lunchbox

The 2016 Neighborhood Grant application was available May through August and award recipients were notified in September. For details on next year’s application, please visit sprouts.com/neighborhoodgrants.

About Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation
Founded in 2015, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation supports health and wellness related causes that directly impact the neighborhoods where Sprouts customers and team members live, work and play. Through the passion of Sprouts’ team members and generosity of vendors and customers, the Healthy Communities Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are making the world a better place. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation focuses on giving locally in promoting health education and nutrition, food security and hunger relief and helping people living with disabilities and health concerns.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 24,000 team members and operates more than 250 stores in 13 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit www.sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.



Source: Sprouts Farmers Market/globenewswire

Avon LLC announces the appointment of Anjana Srivastava to newly-established role of President, Health and Wellness

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon”) announced the appointment of Anjana Srivastava as the company’s President of Health and Wellness in the U.S. This is a newly-established role for Avon, marking the company’s expansion into the Health and Wellness market. Health and Wellness is currently the largest product category in the direct selling channel, representing 33.5% of total sales. It is also the fastest growing segment in the channel, increasing 16.3% to $12.1 billion in 2015.1 This initiative, set to launch in 2017, is consistent with Avon’s strategy of broadening its consumer base through a competitive product portfolio, while at the same time providing compelling earnings opportunities for Avon Representatives.

Ms. Srivastava, a direct selling industry veteran and accomplished scientist, will lead the health and wellness vision for New Avon, and will be responsible for building the team and strategy for this expansion, with a focus on engaging strategic partners, identifying new product opportunities and bringing innovative products to market. Ms. Srivastava reports directly to Scott White, Chief Executive Officer for New Avon LLC, and is a member of the New Avon Leadership Team.

“Anjana’s broad expertise across direct selling, science, and the Health and Wellness industry uniquely qualify her to lead New Avon’s entrance into this market,” said Mr. White. “For 130 years, Avon has proudly championed the wellbeing of women.  Our Health and Wellness business will build upon that legacy – delivering products that help women look and feel beautiful, fit and healthy. As we transform New Avon into the leading social selling company in North America, we look forward to establishing a Health and Wellness destination valued by consumers, while maximizing the opportunity for our Representatives to grow their businesses and their earnings.”

“I am thrilled to join Avon and lead this exciting expansion into Health and Wellness. As the company for women, Avon is committed to taking a leadership position on the issues that matter most to women – and her family’s health and nutrition is a top concern. An increasing number of consumers are seeking ways to improve their health and vitality as they are becoming aware of worsening obesity trends and incidence of chronic diseases,” said Ms. Srivastava. “Over the coming months I look forward to building my team, securing best-in-class partners, and ultimately laying out a smart, strategic path for providing Representatives and consumers a portfolio of new products that live up to Avon’s industry-leading standards, and access to health related information they can trust.”

Prior to joining Avon, Ms. Srivastava spent nearly two decades in leadership positions with multinational direct-selling companies focused on health and nutrition. She served as the Chief Product Officer and Head of the Scientific Advisory Board at NeoLife International, where she also held leadership positions of Executive Vice President for the North America market and Executive Vice President of Product, Science and Technology. Ms. Srivastava also has previous experience working as Senior Director of Global Marketing with Shaklee Corporation, where she played a key role in driving the growth of the company, leading all activities related to new product development, marketing and brand management of nutrition products.

Ms. Srivastava has a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences, a Master of Science in Botany, and a Master of Business Administration – all from premier universities in India. She is also a member of the American College of Nutrition and serves on the Senior Scientific Advisory Council and the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Source: 1Direct Selling Association (DSA) 2016 Growth & Outlook Survey: June 2016.

About New Avon LLC

New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America. The company generated over $1 billion in revenues during 2015, and has nearly 400,000 independent sales Representatives in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as Anew, Avon Color, Mark, and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and the company also proudly supports the Avon Foundation for Women in its efforts to end breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about New Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

Media Contact:

Kristina Jorge, Avon

Source: Avon