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Whole Foods presents White Boot Brigade with donation

Loyola press release - April 2, 2007

(New Orleans)—Whole Foods is stepping up to support the White Boot Brigade in their mission to bring fresh Louisiana shrimp directly from their boats to chefs, schools, consumers, and businesses. The group is a project of marketumbrella.org, run by Loyola University's Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice.

Whole Foods fundraised $15,000 for the White Boot Brigade (WBB) in their Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina stores on behalf of the WBB. They will present the check to the White Boot Brigade on the lawn of Loyola University New Orleans on Wednesday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m.

The White Boot Brigade is part of an economic development initiative aimed at creating a commercial fishing industry that promotes economic innovation, cultural preservation, and ecological sustainability. Named after the footwear donned by fishermen in the region, the group is comprised of families that all harvest brown shrimp in the brackish waters of coastal Louisiana during the months of May, June, and July. The unique combination of part salt and part fresh water adds a golden appearance to the shrimp when cooked, hence they are often referred to as "Louisiana Gold."

The White Boot Brigade is a traveling celebration of wild Louisiana shrimp. To find out more about the White Boot Brigade, visit www.whitebootbrigade.org
The Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice seeks to shape social justice consciousness through education and to take action on critical social problems confronting society. The Twomey Center acts as a catalyst for research and action on critical issues of workers' rights, racism, poverty and justice. Our mission is achieved through action, reflection and dialogue generating community partnerships. For more information about the Twomey Center, please call (504) 861-5830.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.