Pickups – continue to increase

Every pickup is another record broken. Norwell’s community engagement with A Simple Gesture is something to behold!   At our 1 year mark here’s where we were:

  • 230 Homes contributed
  • 20,000 pounds of food collected
  • 19 Drivers
  • 20+ Sorters

Our pickups have gone extraordinarily well. Thanks to all the people who donate non-perishables, to the drivers who pick up the food and bring to town hall, to the volunteers who help us check expiration dates and sort and organize the food in the Food Pantry.  And of course big thanks to Kathy and Alicia who run the Food Pantry and distribute the food to needy Norwell families.

Historical Stats:

On our first attempt, we collected bags from 115 homes.  Drivers had called all contributing homes earlier in the week, and all but one bag was picked up.  We learned that there are always unexpected changes of plan, but overall nearly everything went to plan!IMG_7707

Our average bag weight for our first pickup was 15.3 pounds!  The total haul was just over 1800 pounds of food.  On our second pickup, we collected food from over 150 homes, and exceeded 2400 pounds of food, roughly 1/3 more than our first pick up with the average bag weighing about 16 pounds, a slight increase.  While the average bag weight is fairly steady, we continue to grow participating households.

There’s always room for more.


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