2022 was a big year for us! We expanded our service days to include Tuesdays. We opened up shopping to our customers weekly instead of every 14 days and we let people start shopping in person again. In the midst of these changes, food prices and living expenses jumped. Our clients, whose budgets were already strained, started visiting us more often and we started seeing new faces every time we were open. People turned to us for help and we were there to support them. We served 596 households, made over 1,600 home deliveries, unloaded 43 Shared Harvest delivery trucks, and rescued over 40,000 lbs. of food from being discarded!
As you can imagine, with a staff of 3 people, we have been overwhelmed at times by the demand of serving clients and keeping shelves stocked. The needs can seem endless at times. The good news is that we have been energized by our clients and volunteers! We have an amazing base of community and student volunteers who have our backs and keep us going! We cannot thank them enough for their support! We also have gracious clients who in spite of their circumstances and daily struggles, take the time to shower us with gratitude, hugs, and they are constantly cheering us on! Our work is hard but it's very rewarding!
I want to thank each and every one of you who support us! We appreciate every donation, every volunteer shift, every social media share, every plastic bag that's dropped off, and every positive vibe you send our way! We could not serve our community without you. We wish you a safe and peaceful 2023!
Executive Director, TOPSS