Monday, May 16, 2011

123rd Week Update - Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project

Hi Folks,
‘Thank You’ Kids at the
Sunflower Farmers Market

Four adorable 3D kids say “Thank You”
to every person dropping off a donation for
the Community Food Bank.
(Click on photo to view larger.)
A week after the manager at the Speedway Sunflower Market eliminated the One Can A Week reminder stickers on the credit card checkout stands, the donations to the Community Food Bank dropped in half. This week they were lower still coming in at 14 lbs. Both Rosemary, the Events Coordinator and I were disappointed but Rosemary suggested I create more energy around the donation box itself.

The first thing I thought of was a group of kids in Community Food Bank Tee shirts standing around the donation box chatting up the customers as they walked by. When practicality kicked in about two seconds later, I had them standing on sticks in 3D cutouts.

While I was putting the display together today, a woman walked by and said, “Oh, darn, I forgot my donation. I’ll take it to the office tomorrow.”

So maybe the kids will work as well as the credit card machine stand reminder. Rosemary and I are hoping this will be the case. Of course, the kids are not as in-your-face as that One Can A Week sticker, but they sure drive home the need if you just happen to look them in the eye.

USPS Food Drive Missed Us This Year
Jacob Coldsmith at the Community Food Bank said that budgetary constraints limited the number of blue bags available this year and of course, the Post Office is facing its own financial crisis. However, Jacob said overall donations were down just a little bit this year. This is good news.

We have some good news ourselves. We collected a total of 164 lbs. of food including 8 lbs. from the Axis Food Mart. The money we donated amounted to $125.50, $15.50 in cash and $110.00 in checks.

See you Sunday,


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