Posted by "Neighbors Helping Neighbors", a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm
MIDTOWN COURT.NEIGHBORS & FRIENDS
"NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS"
RE: 2012 1st Annual Food Drive Results & New Activity for 2013, "Monthly Food Collection"
Palo Alto Weekly article, "Catching neighbors who fall through the gap." Dated Friday Jan. 25, 2013
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
Well, the economic situation in Palo Alto are not that rosy for too many Palo Alto
Residents. We have discovered that an alarming number of our neighbors can't qualiify for "safety net" program. Because of too low income requirements. These households can not afford basic needs over rent and a little gasoline to get to work.
2012 1ST ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE RESULTS
We did it together, we attained our lofty food goal for our first annual food drive! Through the committed determination of some close neighbors, grocers and other Palo Alto & Mtn View residents we provided the following to 50 "gap households" in Midtown & Palo Alto.
Seven days of groceries; breakfast, lunch, snacks/desserts and dinner.
Plus, we provided our 12 seniors with high iron & folic fortiified foods. After learning that two of those seniors were told by their doctors that they had anemia and needed to add more iron fortified foods to their diets.
In addition, during our 6th week of the food drive two generous residents, gave us money to purchase the dinner meat item of our menu. It was enough money to purchase 4-5lb pork roasts for 18 of our most needy households.
Remember these 50 "neighbors in need" now called our "gap households" are not receiving benefit of 'safety net' programs. Except two seniors. By the 6th of our 8 week food drive, our 50 grew to 65.
NEW ACTIVITY, "Monthly Food Collection"
Many of our core team, volunteers and neighbors asked during the food drive, "how will our neighbors in need (gap households) get food after they eat the weeks worth of groceries we are giving to them?"
All I could say was "let's stay focused on achieving this food goal first." I just didn't have an answer at that point.
Now, we have given careful thought to our next step to help our "neighbors in need" on-going.
Unlike our annual food drive which is an elaborate effort with food collection barrels at Palo Alto retail businesses. March - Aug we will collaborate with schools, groups and organizations for food collection.
Our "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" Volunteers will gather once per month on the first Saturday (March - Aug.) to sort, bag and pass out grocery bags.
The volunteers from schools, groups, backyard gardners/orchards/chickens and organizations will bring food they have collected to our monthly 'Food Collection Site' on the first Sat of the month for our sorters & baggers to prepare to give to "neighbors in need".
2013 FOOD GOALs: SPECIFIC NUTRITIONAL NEEDs
"WISH LIST OF FOODS"
Our new goal and focus will center on a "Wish List of Foods". Besides fulfilling the needs of our "gap households" and nutritional needs of local food closet recipients.
Some will say, it's too lofty to satisfy the food needs of your "gap households" and food closet recipients on-going.
My answer at this time was imortalized in this quote,
"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." MARGARET MEAD
If you can spare one hour btwn 10am - 1pm on the first Sat. of the month, you pick a month or commit to several months. Contact us.
If you know of a group or organization who is having or willing to organize a food drive to collect our wish list foods, contact us asap.
Stay tuned, program outline and wish list coming.
A pilot date of Feb. 02 w/El Carmelo School being our first "food drive" to sign up. March 6th will be our formal start date.
Let's change the world one small task, one month and with help from one good soul at a time,
"Neighbors Helping Neighbors" Mo. Food Collection Committee Chair