Posted on January 25, 2021 |
As one year closes and a new one begins, we take the time to reflect on what we were able to accomplish this year, with your support. There is a lot we could carry with us from 2020; the hardships, the immense pressure that we all faced, the increase of people in economically vulnerable circumstances leading to increased food insecurity, the inability to do things as we always have. Instead, when FCCMP looks back on this experience, we are humbled by the incredible success that was 2020. At FCCMP, we measure success through our mission statement: to work in partnership with the community to alleviate hunger. And that is exactly what we did this year, thanks to each of you showing up and playing your part.
We continued to operate throughout a global pandemic, not missing a single day at our pantry or at our meal sites.
We rose to the occasion of increased food insecurity in our community.
We worked together as a community more than ever before, allowing us to design innovative and collaborative solutions to getting food to our community.
In December, we launched our Annual Appeal Fundraiser and raised more than ever before. These funds will be essential as we move forward with continued resolve to find creative solutions to caring for the most vulnerable members of our community.
We are humbled and grateful for the deep learning that this year provided. We know that no matter what happens in this world, we are a part of a community that will come together when we need each other most. Hunger has never been more visible and as a result we are more visible. The community has seen us, seen what we are doing and joined us in the call to alleviate hunger. With more donors, community partners, business sponsors and grant opportunities than ever before, we were provided the support we needed to do what we do best- feed people. We want to thank you, sincerely, for the role you have played in keeping our organization alive and keeping the community fed this past year. We see each and every one of you as an integral part to what we do. Thank you for being a part of this community.
As we lean into 2021, there are many things we have learned, goals we have set and needs we must continue to meet. We learned that with more people in line and more food coming in and going out, we need a larger facility to house our Orange Food Pantry and a refrigerated truck to transport this food across the county. We need to continue to collaborate in our programming to address the root causes of hunger. We need to continue to grow as an organization in order to more thoroughly ensure that we are able to take care of and even transform the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. So we will plan, we will keep you informed, but most importantly, we will continue to do what we succeeded at in 2020. We will build community and work together in this space. We will be innovative and think from a systems based approach as we continue to face the challenges that lay ahead.
With gratitude from,
Rachel Berggren, the staff, the volunteers and our Board of Directors at Franklin County Community Meals Program