Azi's and the Big Bear Cafe: both cafes are advertising our Holiday Helpings campaign on their coffee cup sleeves. Awesome! Needless to say, for this and other reasons, you should give them your business.
There’s only two weeks left until Christmas. We’re at the tail end of our Holiday Helpings campaign, and we’ve already broken all our own records.
We’d originally planned to give out 10,000 turkeys in the entire course of our campaign (almost the entire months of November and December). But this year, the demand far outpaced our expectations: we provided 10,000 with complete holiday meals even before Thanksgiving.
Many people are surprised that we’ve been able to meet the increased demand, and it does seem remarkable. With food prices increasing and our menu dramatically overhauled in the healthy direction, our food program director Ted Pringle has really pulled off quite a feat. He tells me that, for whatever reason, we had a tough time finding enough cranberry sauce this year – but other than that everything has gone smoothly despite the overruns.
“It helps that I’m asking for food for hungry people,” Ted told me. “That means I have no problem whatsoever getting real aggressive [with food suppliers]."
Ted’s been doing this for years, and even he was surprised by the size of the lines at our food pantries. It’s alarming to think about how many people are hungry this holiday season. But mostly we feel immense gratitude to have been able to meet the need in our community.
And we were only able to do it with the help of thousands of supporters. We even had a lot of love from the local blogosphere! Our big thanks go out to:
We still have hundreds of clients who will be coming to us to receive meals for Christmas. And Holiday Helpings has now gone far beyond our budget -- by $48,000, to be precise. Nobody around here feels like we should have held back – after all, that money goes straight onto the tables of people who couldn’t otherwise provide for themselves. We want to make sure we can finish this campaign off strong – will you help us make Christmas happen for hundreds of our poorest neighbors?