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posted: 9/3/2014 5:05 PM

Whole Foods Market Naperville to Hold Community Giving Day

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  • Community volunteers planting fruit trees at The Resiliency Institute demonstration edible forest garden.The Resiliency Institute

      Community volunteers planting fruit trees at The Resiliency Institute demonstration edible forest garden.The Resiliency Institute

The Resiliency Institute

Whole Foods Market Naperville will hold a 5% Community Giving Day on Wednesday, September 17, to support the building of a demonstration edible forest garden by The Resiliency Institute on The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm.

The Whole Foods Market store is located at 2607 W. 75th Street in Naperville and open from 8 am to 10 pm.

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"One of our missions at Whole Foods Market is to support non-profits and engage with organizations that further sustainability. We feel The Resiliency Institute is a valuable educational resource for our community that will help create knowledge about edible food forests and food security," says Deb Kwiatt, Marketing and Community Relations Specialist for Whole Foods Market Naperville. "It's important to feel a sense of connection to where our food comes from. We look forward to watching their organization grow!"

The Resiliency Institute began teaching classes in May 2013 at the Clow Education Center on The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road in Naperville. It is working to grow food security throughout the suburbs by transforming underutilized land into productive edible forest gardens that grow local, organic, nourishing food and teaching people how to harvest, prepare, preserve, and share the abundance.

Regionally there are over 300,000 people who are food insecure. Loaves and Fishes, a local food pantry, has experienced a 780% increase in need since 2008. Yet, there are over 9,000 potential food-producing acres available in DuPage county alone and tens of thousands of acres regionally. Transforming some of this land into edible forest gardens will make fresh, nourishing food available to families in need and to all families within the community.

For more information, please contact Michelle Hickey at The Resiliency Institute, 630.281.0184; or email: .

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