Tuesday, January 4, 2011

104th Week Update - Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project

Week One of Year Three
One Can A Week
Hi Folks,

Great Way to Start a New Year
On Sunday, January 2, the Arizona Daily Star featured One Can A Week in its Tucson & Region section. Bobby Rich saw the article and sent me an email Sunday night. “…I was so tickled to see how much space they gave the story. Fantastic!”

Me, too. That’s how I felt. I even learned a few things from Bill Carnegie, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank.

When I take our Miles Neighborhood donation to the food bank on Mondays it is, according to Bill, “…probably going to be served the next day or week, perhaps on a neighbor's table. You may not even know they are in need.”

I had no idea the food we donate is utilized so quickly. This makes me happy and sad at the same time.

Bill also talked candidly about the success of One Can A Week. "I have been surprised it took off and was accepted so much. A lot of it is due to Peter - he's been willing to drive around the neighborhood and bring everything to us each Monday.

“Wouldn't it be a wonderful New Year's resolution," Bill added, "if more people in our community stepped up and made similar commitments? If every one of us gave one can a week, that would be a significant resource in the fight against hunger in this community."

I couldn’t agree more, Bill.

Please visit the Arizona Daily Star web site and read Stephanie Innes’ artile entitled One Can a Week’ program is catching on.

Not One Fruitcake
However, we did receive an Italian dessert cake called Panettone that is filled with raisins and glazed orange peels. We also got a huge cookie tin. Both of these items would never end up on anyone’s regifting list so a couple of our neighbors made a real sacrifice donating these tasty treats.

We collected a total of 186 lbs. of food, including 14 lbs. from The Axis Food Mart. The money we donated amounted to $47.00 … a $25.00 check and $22.00 in cash.

See you Sunday,


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