As a member of our Multi-Family Apartment Community Program, ReNew Wheaton Center is helping to reduce food waste and fight hunger in Illinois. When a resident gives notice that they will be moving out, the ReNew Wheaton Center staff provides them with a program letter and a food collection bag. The residents are encouraged to donate any non-perishable food items that they will not be taking with them to their new homes. It's a simple, sustainable way to make a difference.
"ReNew Wheaton Center is part of the community, we have such a big presence here in Wheaton and also in the Greater Chicago Area," said Senior Property Manager, Nicholas Miller. "Giving back is a great way to get to know your community, while also helping families who are in need."
In January, ReNew Wheaton Center collected 763 lbs. of food from their residents, which is the equivalent of 635 meals! Miller said that being a part of the Move For Hunger program has helped to build a real sense of community between the staff and residents.
"Many people don't realize that even 1 pound can have a positive impact," he said. "When we report back to our residents on how many meals they have provided, they donate more food! Even if they are not moving!"
Although all 1,500 properties in our network are making a difference, few have ever collected as much food in a single month as ReNew Wheaton Center did in January. Miller said that the secret to their success was simple: be a good neighbor.
"This is a very close nit community, neighbors are always helping each other when in need," he said. "Even down to giving rides to the store, walking a neighbors dog, and just sitting and having a cup of coffee with someone and talking. When we joined Move for Hunger, I had no doubt that our residents would lend that helping hand to help people in our community."
Congratulations to ReNew Wheaton Center on this much-deserved recognition! Thank you for helping us reduce food waste and fight hunger in Illinois!
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