*By Kathy Carter
Looking back, a few things seems to highlight our year.
I’ve put them into 9 numbers—
• 3 represents the number of kids programs offered (3 times the past) & the number of classes in our Healthy on a Budget series & the other programming activities we offered this year (Healthy Desserts, Craft Pork Butchery, and Hungry for Change Discussion series
• 41 kids and youth were involved in our programs, doubling the number from previous years.
• 1:16 is the ratio of actual kitchen users to the number of requests; showing a high need for kitchen, but the limitations of the one we have available
• 14000 is the amount of money we raised this year—a record amount! Key is that this came from many sources…
• 6 revenue sources—donations from Whole Foods, Lions Club, and Faith in Action to support programs, grant from 5 Healthy Towns for kids programming, our first annual giving campaign, and a new relationship with local business Robin Hills Farm that brought funds through the dinner and movie event
• 5% represents two things, the growth we saw in our contact list used for the newsletter and other announcements and the Whole Foods Community Giving day that brought the largest chunk of our revenues
• 496 shows our Facebook followers, with over 100 of those actively engaging most months
• 28 people volunteered in some capacity, representing an increase in both numbers and types of activities with which we involved people
• 17 new ServSafe managers were trained in the two classes offered, continuing our success at offering this service to local food businesses
Lastly, we also expanded our partnerships and identified possibilities for more engagement with our partners.