Whole Foods Market in River Forest is turning 17, and area residents will receive the gifts.
Gently used adult-sized winter coat donations will be accepted this week at Whole Foods, 7245 Lake St. The first 50 participants on Friday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. will receive a $17 gift card, said Julia Evans, marketing and community relations specialist with Whole Foods. Coat donation hours the rest of the week are between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., and do not include the gift card, just the good warm feeling of helping out.
Coats will go to The Emergency Clothes Closet in the basement of Calvary Memorial Church on Lake Street in Oak Park.
Also tied to the anniversary celebration, Whole Foods in River Forest continues its tradition of recognizing a local advocate in health education. That event will take place on Saturday at the store.
Oak Parker Ellen Pimentel who has led the way to healthier school lunch options in both elementary and the high school was nominated for the third annual Sandra Noel Health Educator Award.
Pimentel is “a health crusader and advocate who collaborates with Beye School and Oak Park and River Forest High School on behalf of all children,” Noel wrote about the nominee.
Pimentel led the District 97 PTO Council’s push for a healthier lunch program, which resulted in a hot lunch program at Beye and Irving schools. The district changed the lunch program for all 10 schools after that, Noel wrote.
The award ceremony will be followed by—as any birthday celebration should—a 3-tiered cake.
The store’s bakery team leader, Amandy Carranza, drew inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs while sculpting the cake, Evans said.