The Century is located in Seattle which was one of the first cities in the United States to be affected by COVID-19. The virus appeared in Washington on January 21, and in late February-early March the number of reported cases quickly increased.
Meanwhile, our partners from Pillar Properties were holding Mardi Gras food drive at all 7 of their apartment communities in Seattle. From February 11-24, residents/employees at each property were asked to donate red beans & rice for their local food banks. Food banks almost always include rice and beans on their lists of “most requested items” because both have a long shelf-life and are great sources of fiber & protein.
When the final results were tallied, one property stood head and shoulders above the rest. The Century collected more than 1,050 lbs. of non-perishable food, which will provide 875 meals to their neighbors in need. Our friends from ABODA volunteered to deliver all of the food to Northwest Harvest of Western Washington. A donation of that size would be important any time, but this one became even more critical as the pandemic exponentially increased the demand for emergency food assistance.
“As a company, we believe we have a responsibility to be a good neighbor in our community,” said Pascal Coufal, Property Manager at The Century. “Especially now, our neighbors need our support. With school closures, loss of jobs or income restrictions, now more than ever the Food Banks need help.”
Nearly 850,000 people in Washington, including 1 in 9 children, were facing hunger before the pandemic. That number has no doubt increased over the past 6 weeks. Coufal said that he understands what it’s like to be food insecure.
“The impact for me is personal, I was a child that grew up in a single family home and didn't always have food on the table, we had to make do with what we had. More people than we probably know have a similar connection. Being a part of Move For Hunger gives residents and team members an opportunity to have a direct impact and make a difference.”
More than 1,500 properties across the United States are now part of our Multi-Family Program, but few have collected as much food as The Century. Since 2018, they have collected 2,647 lbs. of food from residents who are moving out & through food drives. That’s the equivalent of 2,205 meals. Coufal said The Century’s success is a credit to both the residents and the staff.
“Our residents and my fellow team members are incredibly generous. All it takes is awareness and communication of the opportunity we have to make simple contributions that we know will help a person in need in our community. We as a team we try to be creative in ways to bring the community together towards a common goal or shared value.”
Congratulations to The Century on this much-deserved recognition! Thank you for helping us reduce food waste and fight hunger in Washington State!
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