The Daily Beet

28 Jan Whole Foods Market in Devon, PA Creates Plant-Strong Project for Homeless Shelters

Back Row: Mike Hays; Project Leader, Char Nolan; Agnus Goldschmidt; Sean Dean; and Devon's Asst Store Team Leader, Tyson Strople

Char Nolan, one of our all-time favorite E2ers, and marketing team leader for the Whole Foods Market store in Devon, Pennsylvania is sharing the benefits of plant-strong nutrition with people who need it most. She and her team partnered with two area homeless shelters near their store: Safe Harbor, a shelter that houses fifty men and women in the heart of downtown West Chester and the Center for Homeless Outreach, a fifty bed facility located on the grounds of Norristown State Hospital.

Char put together a team of five people to meet the needs for each shelter. From their store, they cull all the food needed to make Engine 2 Lasagna (YEAH!!), fruit salad, green salad, vegetable soup and dessert.

And how classy is this?  If you imagine yourself ever being in the position of being homeless, wouldn’t it be wonderful to still be treated with the same dignity as when you had your home?  The Whole Foods Market Devon team also culls flowers and provides centerpieces for the shelter tables. They wear chef coats when serving food to demonstrate the importance of each person being served and their pride in being there with them.

Based on their collections, between feeding the homeless and donating culled plant-strong food to two different food cupboards, they are culling about 1,500 pounds of food each month.

Way to Go Devon Whole Foods Market!  Char – you’re the best.


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  • Suzanne

    Char is pretty amazing! I have met her on a few occasions, Whole Foods Devon is my store. The first time I met her was about 6 months ago at a Forks Over Knives viewing and she always has a big smile on her face and is always excited to talk about E2, WFM, and helping those in the homeless shelters. Go Char!