The "Feel Much Better Donation"
The woman, guiding a full shopping cart, slowed only to drop a $20.00 bill in the basket. As she picked up speed again on her way through the automatic doors, I flared my hand over the money in the basket and said hurriedly, “You know, all this money goes to buy food for the 140 kitchens here in
feed older women and kids. They have no potatoes on a regular basis so I buy
nothing but Sprouts potatoes.”
She slowed slightly, looked over her left shoulder and gave me a big smile. “Thanks, I feel much better about my donation.”
|Money Goes In and Food Comes Out|
On Friday, Feeding America threw an email newsletter into my inbox. They were talking about Summer Food Programs but there was one little item farther down the page that caught my attention. Charity Navigator, the premier independent charity evaluator awarded Feeding America another 4-Star rating for the third consecutive year.
“Specifically, Charity Navigator's rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.”
When researching the Community Food Bank years ago, I discovered Charity Navigator. Interestingly enough our Food Bank has a 4-Star rating from them also, for the same reasons. Very low operating costs, 3% actually and efficiencies that would make any Marine First Sergeant proud.
I’m telling you all this semi boring stuff because I want you to help us feed more hungry kids, older women and families here in
Your dollars and food really do feed folks … sometimes the next day like the
potatoes I deliver twice a week. That speed makes me feel good and I see no
reason why you shouldn’t feel good right along with me.
Next time you see a request for a Community Food Bank, Feeding
or One Can A Week
donation, just dig down into your purse or pocket. You’ll feed some family soon
and that’s the best feeling in the world … next to hugging a puppy, of
26th Truck Load – 2014
Street volunteer, dropped off two big white
basketball looking things Sunday (see photo above on the right). They were new
to me so I had to ask. Her answer came back squash. Still not enough
information so then Google told me the official name is Lumina Squash. Very
pleasant moniker but I still don’t like the stuff.
This week’s donations amounted to 768 lbs. and included Sprouts (
202 lbs.; Sprouts (Oracle), 206 lbs.; Sprouts (River Road), 228
lbs; and Miles Neighborhood, 132 lbs.
More Food Lingo
The first time I heard the phrase “food insecurity” to describe hungry folks I though it sounded a bit forced. Now there’s “foods to encourage” which is just another way to say fresh produce. Instead of trying to create stilted expressions Feeding America should just come right out and say what they mean. Their food network—which includes our Community Food Bank—distributes way more produce than anything else. The figure is holding steady at 67%.
Not only is that fact encouraging, it is very impressive, too.
We collected a total of 132 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $30.00, a $25.00 check and $5.00 in cash.
See you Sunday,