Monday, September 24, 2012

194th Week Update - Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project

Hi Folks,

If we keep doing the same thing over and over, how come we can expect our results
to be different?

The old adage, “If you keep on doing the same thing over and over again, you cannot expect different results” is not true in the case of One Can A Week. We go around to our neighbors each and every Sunday and things just keep on happening. One neighbor attended an office party and she is rewarded with lots of food to donate. Another neighbor moves out and empties the cupboard. Life is ever changing for our neighbors but when they can count on one thing, it makes their lives a little more comfortable. That one thing is we will always pick up and deliver food to the Community Food Bank every Monday.

This simple service helps encourage their generosity and in turn they make life a little more comfortable for those needy folks here in the city.

All’s well that ends with free pickup and delivery.

Here’s a quick view of the first three quarter totals over the past 4 years. The poundage keeps increasing while the cash donations are quite stable. Neighbors move in and out of the Miles Neighborhood—but on average—our participation rate is around 120 homes in a community with a little more than 200 homes.

The weekly chart below shows the ebb and flow of our collections with some weeks not as impressive as others. All of us, Barbara, Kym, Lenny and I, think about the weekly haul and sometimes note the diminished contributions, but we know that if we don’t falter in our commitment, our neighbors always come through in the long run.  

Yeah, the Gleaning Season
Kim Fuhrig, our 13th Street volunteer, dropped off two boxes of grapefruit on Sunday, which means she tugged and yanked them around in her wagon for many blocks. Was it worth it? “Fruit is very important in one’s diet,” she will tell you while trying to catch her breath.

We collected a total of 224 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $33.00, a $25.00 check and $8.00 in cash.

See you Sunday,


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