On average things are looking up!


With 2010 behind us we’ve been able to put it on the scales and gain some knowledge of what happened last year. Some of the knowledge I specifically try to gather each year is about the nutritional value of our food hampers, which you might remember from a previous post. (If not, you can read it here.) So with this in mind, let’s begin looking at how our food averages changed from 2009 to 2010.

Thankfully our hampers are still consistently falling within the three to five days worth of food we aim to provide. Except I have some good news to share: areas that we were struggling in such as dairy and meats and alternatives have improved a bit!

But just how much better have things gotten?

First we’ll look at our overall lowest scoring food category: dairy. Dairy is the one area that we are still consistently struggling to provide a three to five-day range of food in for any family size. Although our averages stayed consistent for most family sizes, we did experience an important improvement here. Single person hampers had an overall small increase in servings, which are important for patrons like Frank. So just how much better did things get? It made the difference of a meal for these hampers. Why? Because having this small extra amount of milk available likely meant that the patron would be able to cook foods like macaroni and cheese, or eat another bowl of cereal.

Providing a little bit of vegetables and fruits is never generally a problem at our program overall, especially in 2010. Each family size is still seeing a consistently high amount of produce available. And this is all possible thanks to the hard work, dedication, sweat and long work hours of many local farmers and other individuals.  Thanks to them we were able to see a healthy and abundant supply throughout the summer and most of 2010 overall. (To read more about this, click here.) Their support means anything from a person being able to have a salad or vegetable side dish every night at dinner for the week, or having at least an additional piece of fruit to snack on each morning for breakfast. The excellent growing season provided many patrons an excellent start or finish to their day.

The last category of interest that has improved is meats and alternatives, which are all products that we receive from the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Generally every family size saw an increase in protein in the hampers throughout the year. Although the sources of protein could come in many different ways to make an impact: in general it could have been that the person or family received a can of beans, can of meat, (less frequently) two eggs, ¼ cup of nuts, breast of chicken or many other serving options seen here. With each family size seeing an overall increase of nearly a full day worth of servings, the possibilities and combinations are almost endless in terms of what products may have been available for our patrons to enjoy.

Nevertheless this is not all that I have to share from our 2010 hampers. The next step is to present some awards to the best and worst overall months to receive a food hamper from 2010. And I can tell you this is one award ceremony you won’t want to miss!

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