Gilman Square Apartments joined our Multi-Family Program in November of 2017, but last month they collected more non-perishable food donations than they ever have before. In May, residents at the Issaquah, WA property donated 281 lbs. of food during the move out process, which is the equivalent of 234 meals. All of the donations were delivered to Northwest Harvest, courtesy of our friends at Lincoln Moving & Storage.
That surge in donations could not have come at a better time, as the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for emergency food assistance nationwide.
"In a crisis like we are experiencing now, with millions of people out of work, the need is greater," said Iris Trutsch, Gilman Square's Property Manager. "Some people are now finding themselves in unfamiliar territory not knowing where their next meal will come from."
Despite all of the social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our growing network of Multi-Family apartment communities has still been rescuing food from their residents during the move-out process. Our model provides members of our Multi-Family Program with a simple, sustainable, and safe way to reduce food waste and fight hunger every time a resident moves. Trutsch acknowledged that it took some time for the program to catch on, but the amount of food they have been receiving has been progressively increasing.
"When we first introduced the Move For Hunger program we received some small donations," she said. "Over the past couple of years, we have received bags full and, most recently, boxes."
Being a part of the program has had a positive impact on Gilman Square's team & residents, because everyone involved knows they are making a real difference in their community.
"Move For Hunger provides flyers and bags, which we include in our move-out packet to inspire our residents to donate," Trutsch said. "It communicates the importance of giving to those in need and how their donation impacts the community."
Congratulations to Gilman Square Apartments on this much-deserved recognition! Thank you for helping us reduce food waste and fight hunger in Washington!
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