Our response to food insecurity during the pandemic has been nothing less than herculean. Last year alone, we served nearly 16,400 clients equating to 56 tons of distributed food! In fact, we're now the sixth largest food distributor for Community Harvest out of 200+ distributors in Allen County.
So far this quarter, we've served 893 clients and distributed 10,590 lbs of food through our Food Bank. And, in WOW, we served 4,308 clients and distributed 19,250 lbs of food from January to March.
When you add those numbers up, we've served just over 5,200 food-insecure clients & distributed nearly 15 tons of food to date this year!
We've been busy at the Shoppe this first quarter having served 566 clients in need of free quality clothing. We also distributed 4,751 items of clothing from January to March.
Several enhancements have been made at the Shoppe including a 'Bonus' area from which clients can select extra items. We've also turned our dressing room into coat storage due to the generous donation of several winter coats. And, last but not least, through the diligence of several committed volunteers,1000s of items of clothing have been sorted and placed on the floor for clients the past three months.
THANK YOU, to our Shoppe volunteers!
Our Mask Ops initiative helped many at-risk families mask-up during the pandemic. We paid several contracted sewers for months and we're extremely grateful to them. While this program is winding down, we still have around 1,000 masks in the bank!
We've distributed over 2,330 masks in our food programs, to several area churches, and those working with the homeless to date this year!
National Have Fun At Work Day!
Staff celebrated National Have Fun At Work Day on April 1st with a nice lunch from Firehouse Subs and several rounds of charades.
This is what Girl Scout Troop #52127 did for Wellspring!
The young fabulous women of Troop #52127 put together 40 Birthday bags for our Food Bank clients.
Each bag included party favors, cake mixes and frosting. There were even a few surprises for each child in every bag!