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People's Resource Center in Wheaton looks to stuff moving van with food

Effort will meet needs of food pantry through November

The People's Resource Center in Wheaton recently started its annual Stuff-A-Truck food drive in Wheaton. The center wants to get 40,000 pounds of healthy, nonperishable food donated to its food pantry by Oct. 28, which is Make a Difference Day, in order to fill the pantry with food for the entire month of November.
The People's Resource Center in Wheaton recently started its annual Stuff-A-Truck food drive in Wheaton. The center wants to get 40,000 pounds of healthy, nonperishable food donated to its food pantry by Oct. 28, which is Make a Difference Day, in order to fill the pantry with food for the entire month of November.

WHEATON – The People’s Resource Center in Wheaton is asking for the community’s help to fill a moving van with food by the end of the month.

The center wants to get 40,000 pounds of healthy, nonperishable food donated to its food pantry by Oct. 28, which is Make a Difference Day, in order to fill the pantry with food for the month of November. This is the ninth year of the Stuff-A-Truck food drive.

“November is our busiest month in our food pantry,” said Susan Manning, public relations and marketing coordinator for the People’s Resource Center.

People’s Resource Center meets basic needs, including food, clothing and rent assistance, and offers skill-building resources, such as literacy classes, job assistance, computer training and art. It also has a center in Westmont.

Nonperishable food items will be collected from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 during a Kids Day Off event at Town Square Wheaton shopping center, 271 Town Square, Wheaton. There also will be kids’ activities during the event, including a magic show, pumpkin decorating and balloon artistry.

On Oct. 12 and 26, Studio Movie Grill at 301 Rice Lake Square will host Food for Films, where a food donation earns admittance to see a free movie that day. And on Oct. 28, the Wheaton Public Library at 225 N. Cross St. will serve as a food drop-off location in the morning and all day will accept Food for Fines. The library will erase up to $5 of fines as a reward for food donations.

Nine schools are on board to collect the food and have it ready Oct. 27 to stuff a truck. Two Men and a Truck are donating a truck and services to pick up food all morning long and deliver it to People’s Resource Center in the afternoon.

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