Every number has a story behind it. The story of the child, the family, the donors and the volunteers. As we focus on the daily needs our community meets and the lives touched, we often don't step back and add everything up.
We were asked a question this week. We didn’t know the answer. We should have known the answer, because we keep count of every child and meal served. We have always kept count of the School Program. We have always kept count of the Summer Program and, of course, Christmas Delivery. We know the children behind these numbers and often know their story, but had never added up the meals served in a calendar year. There really isn't any explanation for that other than we focus on one Program at a time and then move on to the next one.
This week we were asked how many meals our community served to the kids through our Program in the calendar year 2018 and how many meals have been served in 2019, so far.
So we added up the numbers by the years and the answers are:
We served 188,277 meals in the calendar year 2018.
So far in 2019, we have served 79,192 meals.
Are you blown away by these numbers? We are and see the numbers daily. We just hadn’t ever added up the numbers by years. Sometimes the obvious escapes us until someone asks, makes a suggestion or simply helps us figure it out together.
Every time we put the monetary donations, food donations and volunteers together, we keep doing the impossible together. Thank you.