200th Week Update – Miles Neighborhood Food Collection Project
There’s the Monthly Jobs Report and the Monthly Housing Starts. They “indicate” what is happening on the national front but seldom mean much to us personally. And since one report has been ticking down lately and the other ticking up, we still do not have a sense of how things are really going.
My economic indicator, donations at the Rincon Market have been running flat all year which means the breakfast, lunch and dinner crowd has been flat, too. Then in September there was a slight increase or tick if you will. The first two weeks in October followed suite. One week later there was a significant jump and that lasted two weeks.
The first week in November saw for the first time since the “Great Recession” began, donations that are on par with what we collected in the past. This is a very exciting “local indication” because it reflects a marked increase in the Rincon Market’s breakfast, lunch and dinner crowd.
And with the election ending and the incredible clean up and repair starting on the east coast money will be flowing into jobs and infrastructure renovation. This will make even more folks hungry for one of those terrific meals at the Rincon Market. And then One Can A Week gets to feed lots of needy families, too.
One final thought on America’s essential auto industry and women and gays and pushy religion … please VOTE today.
Lenny, our 12th Street volunteer was all smiles when I picked up his collection this week. He handed me an envelope and when I looked inside I understood his delight.
Last year Patricia Cota-Robles, Lenny’s sister donated $500.00 to the Community Food Bank. Again this year Patricia’s organization, New Age Study of Humanity’s Purpose gave another $500.00 check to the Food Bank.
I appreciate everything Lenny’s does for One Can A Week and I’m glad his sister does, too.
We collected a total of 200 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $564.00, $550.00 in checks and $14.00 in cash.
PS. Of little note or little importance, we collected 200 lbs. of food in our 200th week.
See you Sunday,