Celebrating this season of love, you might enjoy learning what White Pony Express has done as it spread love in our community this year, embracing all.
In 2017, WPE went from great idea to established fact, as a part of the fabric of how Contra Costa takes care of itself. We began hiring staff to create more strength and flexibility for the long run, ending the year with 14 employees as dedicated as our volunteers. We acquired sophisticated software to help us with our very complex logistics, and other areas of management. Two new Whole Foods and one Trader Joe's store joined us, and Performance Foods became our first wholesale donor. We added several new recipient organizations in Food Rescue as well.
Our Food Rescue runners delivered almost 2,000,000 pounds of food to those on the margins, and our Free General Store (FGS) made many new friends with the creation of a Developmental Toy program for children 1-5. FGS also collaborated with many organizations to ensure that this year’s Cold Weather Clothing (CWC) Program provides warm clothing for every homeless person in Contra Costa. More than 10,000 items of warm clothing will be distributed for the third winter in a row. Our donors provided over $1,000,000 in operating funds to make this possible—and we can still deliver to our friends in need $6.00 worth of food or clothing for every $1.00 donated.
All of this has encouraged us to expand our programs in 2018, which you will hear more about later. We hope you all can feel our appreciation and gratitude for the role you play in WPE's success. Together we
White Pony Express.