Teaching A Community How to Eat Healthier One Choice at a Time

Dec 21, 2018

When Patricia Gibbs with FASTSIGNS of Carpentersville, IL was approached by one of her top customers about a project for Food for Greater Elgin, she quickly learned of a need in her community.

Patricia’s customer had been heavily involved in supporting Food for Greater Elgin and therefore reached out to her to see if she wanted to help with giving a facelift to the space and help launch a “Healthy Eating Campaign” for the food bank’s clients.

After a meeting with the staff at the food bank, Patricia was inspired to become more involved. She decided to assist them not just with one project but to help tackle all of their objectives at no charge. For every dollar that is donated, the food bank is able to purchase at least eight dollars' worth of food to give.

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The impact that FASTSIGNS made was holistic, and the graphics brought everything together for the director, the staff and the clients of the food bank. Healthy eating themes were carried throughout the space, and clients feel that the environment is more welcoming than it was prior to the change.

“What Food for Greater Elgin provides is not a hand out, it is a hand up,” said Sheila Jackson, director at FGE.

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By utilizing the USDA My Plate website, the FASTSIGNS team curated content in English and Spanish. They then combined vibrant, eye-catching images of the five food groups such as fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy to design wall murals for the client area. Additional projects included educational USDA posters in waiting rooms, food shelf life posters for the warehouse volunteers, metal pallet sign holders and one special, final creative touch.

Wanting to inspire those involved with the mission at Food for Greater Elgin, the team at FASTSIGNS included an inspiring quote by Mother Teresa, as suggested by the director, on one wall. It reads, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” And that is exactly where Patricia Gibbs and her team are assisting.

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“This is my third business,” said Gibbs. “When I was looking for another business, I wanted something that would lend itself to giving back to the community which is part of my mission. I was honored to be asked by my customer to assist in the signs and graphics for Food for Greater Elgin and to be able to help such a worthy organization communicate their message to the clients."