Neighbors collect food

My neighbors and I always help each other out with missing pantry items…even cleaning or office supplies sometimes.  It’s one of the many things I love about living on my street and in my neighborhood.

You may remember hearing about BPB’s inaugural Neighborhood Food Drive back in January.  Several neighborhoods orchestrated a drive for pantry items – this time not for each other, but for the children in our community in need.  As always, the neighbors did not disappoint.

Here are some of the fabulous results from the first Neighborhood Food Drive:

  • 1,063 pounds of food collected, including the much needed proteins, hearty soups, oatmeal, pasta and grains
  • The collected food went directly to the following middle schools for distribution: Ferndale, Welborn, Jackson, Allen Jay and Hope Academy

A neighborhood coordinator in Westerwood went above and beyond by doing the following, good tips for our next drive:

  • She left a drop-off box on her own porch a week before the actual neighborhood collection, resulting in additional donations from curious neighbors
  • She used the NextDoor app on her phone to post a message about the collection, reaching over 700 people about the drive
  • She made a station by her mailbox using a folding table and a binder with information about BPB in plastic covers in order to educate neighborhood walkers about the drive.

We want to add one more neighborhood for the next drive, scheduled for April, so please get involved as a coordinator if time allows!  More information regarding the drives and neighborhoods involved are on the BPB website.

Written on 2/23/2015 by Blogger Courtney Murphy