The fourth Saturday of October the country celebrates Make A Difference Day. The Wheaton Chamber participates by hosting Stuff-A-Truck to benefit Peoples Resource Center. Chamber members conduct the food drive throughout the month of October.
On Make a Difference Day we transport our collection with a parade through town to Illinois Institute of Technology 201 E. Loop Road (Southside!) where we gather to celebrate our community with a FREE old fashioned fun festival!
For the health of our community, we strongly encourage and greatly appreciate the donation of food high in nutritional value. These foods may be high in fiber and low in sodium, fat or added sugar. Cash donations are welcome!
Laurie Swanson Oberhelman
The Laso Corporation
Nutritious Food Drive List
(Non-Perishable & Non-glass items)
Fruits - canned fruit in light syrup or own juices, no sugar added applesauce, dried fruits (raisins), Fruit Leather (100%), 100% fruit juice, low sugar jellies/jams (sold in plastic containers), Baby food fruit
Vegetables - low sodium or “no-salt” canned veggies, low sodium tomato juice/V-8, canned tomato products, canned white/sweet potatoes and other low-calorie canned veggies, boxed powdered or flaked potatoes (with no additives), light salsa and pasta sauces, baby food vegetables, vegetable soups
Grains - brown or wild rice, whole-wheat/whole-grain pastas, cereals and crackers, plain or low-sugar oatmeal, granola bars, Low-fat all-purpose mixes
Dairy - powdered milk - shelf stable milk or soy milk (in box), Fat-free pudding, processed cheese (ex. Velveeta), Infant formula
Poultry, fish, beans, etc. - Low-fat baked beans/canned or dried beans, canned tuna, chili, chicken, peanut butter, unsalted nuts
Spices, Oils, & Sweets - Low-fat salad dressing, light mayonnaise, vegetable oil, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, oregano