Whole Foods Market says it will donate 5% of total sales this Thursday to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to support the anti-poverty program, Getting Ahead.  

The Getting Ahead program is a multi-week course for people who are living with chronic instability and poverty. Getting Ahead is an intensive course that offers participants the tools to identify and develop the eleven resources needed to create family stability, "What in their life is keeping them in poverty, what can they get connected with to help them," says Jocelyn Lantrip with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

The program calls their participants 'investigators' because they do all the work, "They are doing all the really tough work of going through, assessing their life, looking at their future story which is something not everyone has the luxury of doing," says Lantrip.

For the graduates of Getting Ahead, the program has helped them regain hope. Such as Cynthia Holt who heard about the program while staying in a shelter, "I heard about the program from someone at the homeless shelter that I was staying at, and I thought it was time to change my life and thought this program might be a good fit for me."

Hoit now has a job and is in training to teach her own classes for Getting Ahead, she hopes that more people will hear about this program and want to change their lives for the better, "we are saving lives, this program is saving lives. Because it saved mine."

Graduates receive ongoing support through monthly meetings, continuing education, and personal connections with allies.

Whole Foods Market is at 6139 South Virginia Street in Reno.

If you are unable to get to Whole Foods you can always donate to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada by visiting: https://fbnn.org/