Chartwells partners with One Million Acts of Good campaign

Ellen DeGeneres and Cheerios spread positivity, food with MATTERboxes

By Kierstyn Wiley
On April 12, 2019

Photo contributed by Stacey Patterson: Two Chartwells employees help set up for the One Million Acts of Good campaign in the university center. Boxes were made with nutritious snacks to promote positivity and healthy eating.

Chartwells held an event on March 28 in the Houston Harte University Center to take part in the One Million Acts of Good campaign. 
The campaign was created by Ellen DeGeneres and Cheerios to spread positivity throughout the world. For their act of good, Chartwells partnered with the non-profit MATTER and General Mills to create and donate MATTERboxes filled with healthy foods to combat food insecurity. 
Stacey Patterson, director of marketing and guest services, said Chartwells selected 100 universities across the U.S. to participate in the campaign. They sent MATTERboxes filled with various nutritious snacks and encouraged students and volunteers to write positive notes and place them inside before donating them, Patterson said.
With the help of students and volunteers across the country, Chartwells will distribute over 20,000 MATTERboxes this year.
Chartwells decided to donate boxes at ASU to the Ram Pantry so students who are food insecure can feel good about what they’re consuming.
“There are 200 total boxes with more than 200 products to put in them and we really wanted to give back to the ASU students,” Patterson said. “Ellen says, ‘be kind every day and try to do one kind thing a day,’ so we took what she said and tried to pull more students and faculty to help.”
Chartwells chose Angelo Dining to partake in the event, then Chartwells took the idea to Student Life and partnered with them, as well. 
“We coordinated with Angelo Serves because it was going on that same day, so Heather Valle-Brown and her students came over and helped volunteer to put those boxes together,” Patterson said. “It helps them build their character and build their resumes and really lets them see that there is a need for different things. The focus of this was really to bring awareness to food insecurity and also to bring awareness for healthy snacks. It helped ASU directly because we donated those 200 MATTERboxes to the Ram Pantry.”
Chartwells wanted the 200 students who received the boxes to get the nutritional value they needed and appreciate the act of kindness by the volunteers. 
“Knowing about the food insecurities is one thing, but using their time to assist with getting nutritious MATTERboxes assembled allows them to take part in the action in reversing food insecurity,” said Deverick Lewis-Houston, ASU marketing intern. “MATTERboxes are filled with food items that have great health benefits, so this event is all around remarkable.”


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