In 2005 we sent out 5.7 million pounds of food from our warehouse; a record breaking year. That year Hurricane Katrina destroyed many cities along the coast of Louisiana. That spike in pounds distributed is no surprise, because Katrina is the biggest natural disaster in our history. It goes without saying that it would make sense to have the highest distribution in a year with a large natural disaster. HPFB sent truckloads of food and supplies to New Orleans that year. The community came out in full force and the employees of the Food Bank were working 14 hour days to keep up with the demand. The outpouring was fast and hefty! This was until now the record.
Flash forward 5 years, no large-scale natural disasters in site, and the High Plains Food Bank finds itself breaking the 5 year old record. In 2010 we distributed 7.26 million pounds of food. At first glance, it seems surprising when you think about what made the Food Bank's pounds of distribution spike in 2005. It seems weird until things are broken down. Katrina was devastating, we are not down-playing the magnitude of destruction that storm created. We are simply sharing a "silent storm" that's happening right in our neighborhoods. When the economy tanks, everyone loses, but those who are especially hit are the poor. Many hard-working individuals lost their jobs and found themselves for the first time in need of services from one of our agencies. While others kept their jobs, their salaries or hours were cut and they simply could not make ends meet without the help of HPFB. In July, we had our biggest monthly distribution to date with 739,000 pounds of food going out all over The Panhandle. All that said, WE DID IT!
If you donated to us in 2010, either food or monetary donations, thank you. We were able to keep up with demand all year. Now, there were times when our poor little warehouse looked completely bare, because the food came in almost as fast as it went out, but the need was met! While sometimes we wish we knew what 2011 holds for us, we know one thing, the community supporting us will be there like they were in 2010 and like they have since 1982.
We pause to catch our breath, and to make sure we say a special thank you to everyone who was so generous to us, and we say ONWARD!