Monday, December 30, 2013

260th Week Update - Miles Neighborhood One Can A Week Project

We Fed Over 33,000 Kids and Their Parents* Three Meals in One Day

The last cans and the last dollars collected in the Miles Neighborhood for 2013 were turned over to the Community Food Bank today. Today also marks our Fifth One Can A Week Anniversary.

The numbers fluctuate a bit but remain quite consistent over the years. Even through the rough economy the dollars hung in there, too. And yes, we fed thousands of people but the most important aspect is OUR consistency and what we are proving to the world. We—you, me, Barbara, Lenny, Kym and Anna and her family—haven’t skipped a beat for 260 straight weeks. And, equally as important, we account for 50% of our generous neighborhood.

I am very proud to be your neighbor and very proud to help you help so many more neighbors in need.

Have a Happy New Year and thank you very much.

*Here’s the math:
Food Donations to folks fed - 59,859.5 lbs. ÷ 3 meals ÷ 1.3 lbs. per meal = 15,348 folks.

Cash Donations to pounds - $13,293.12 x $9.00 (food bank buying power) ÷ $2.25 per meal x 1.3 lbs. per meal = 69,124 lbs.

Cash pounds to folks fed - 69,124 lbs. ÷ 3 meals ÷ 1.3 lbs. per meal = 17,724 folks.

Folks fed - 15,348 + 17,724 = 33,072 folks  

Not Even Their First Anniversary Yet

Judi and Merv Wingard who run the One Can A Week program at the Academy Village in Vail sent me their 2013 year-end results Saturday. They collected 905 lbs. of food and $2,357.50 in cash.

In February Judi and Merv will celebrate their first One Can A Week anniversary. Imagine how much food and money they will collect in 2014 when they have all 12 months to tally up.

19th Truck Load
It’s only fitting that we end the year with the Chevy S10 filled to the brim again. As you know, the pickup was donated to One Can A Week in January and over the past 12 months it has hauled tons and tons of food to the Community Food Bank. It truly is one of those gifts that keep on giving.

This week’s donations amounted to 556 lbs. and included River View Estates, 22 lbs.;  Sprouts (Speedway), 82 lbs.; Sprouts (Oracle), 124 lbs. and Miles Neighborhood, 328 lbs.

Sprouts Weekly Update

The Axis Canister Strikes Again
Dian Scott from the Shiva Vista Neighborhood dropped off her donation a week ago and said, “Look, Wal-Mart has these neat Libby’s four-can vegetable packs and they only cost $2.00 a piece.”

Seconds after I told Maen Mdanat at the Axis Food Mart Dian’s news he reached into his One Can A Week collection can and handed me $74.00 which purchased 160 lbs. of nicely designed vegetable packs.

We collected a total of 328 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $37.00, a $25.00 check and $12.00 in cash.

See you Sunday,


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