Time to roll out the red carpet!

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Everybody likes a little recognition.  Awards are a big part of the entertainment and music industry.  The list of award ceremonies for music, TV, and movies is as long as my arm.  Businesses and entire industries also like to get into some fancy dress clothes and make long acceptance speeches to their own special groups. Each ceremony and its red carpet, dinner or other gathering is a way to provide kudos, honourable mentions and little statues that can be proudly displayed in the boardrooms/mantle places/walls of the lucky few.

I don’t think there is the equivalent of the Oscars or the Grammys for Food Banks, but there are a lot of things we need to acknowledge, be thankful for and generally shine a spot light on and say “good job!”

So it may be stretching things a little, but I’d like to shine a spot light on two things from last year.  What you may ask?  Well, two months stand out in particular for special distinction.  Based on the hard work that Melissa does keeping tabs on the quality and quantity of food moving into our warehouse and out in the hampers we can objectively look and talk about the high and low points.  She has already talked about the year in general and how, on average, last year was better than 2009.  Many things about last year deserve honourable mentions, many people deserve heaps of medals, plaques, statues and other special recognition.  What I’d like to do is to give out two awards of sorts to the best and worst month of 2010.

Lets call them the Golden Egg and the Rotten Egg award.

If you would be so kind as to imagine a drum roll, I will open my (metaphorical) envelope and proudly award the distinction of the Golden Egg to November and the ignoble distinction of the Rotten Egg award to April.

Huzzah!

Melissa will follow this post with two more discussing each month in a little more detail.  Look for them on Thursday and Friday.

So, how do you pick a best and worst month?  Well, this is purely from the perspective of average number of servings for the four food groups through out the month.  Who was highest and lowest consistently overall.

Averages, like most statistics, can hide a wide range of numbers, high and low.  Even in the worst month there can be a few days that are good ones.  Even if it was a bad month, it doesn’t mean it was without any positive qualities. We are comparing each of the 12 months with each other.  People got food those months, often enough to help them through a difficult period of time. Compared to the other months, they just got more or less.  Sometimes they got much less/more.

What should you take away from our cheeky mock awards?  Well, even the good months here are not as good as what a person with a decent income would be able to provide for themselves.  The people we serve express huge amounts of gratitude for the food they receive and the hard work that our volunteers and donors put in to get it to them.  But often it is not enough.  We can cover a 3-5 day stretch, but often there are lean times, and people aren’t able to come to us.  Do we want a better food banking system?  Or do we want a country where people are able to provide for themselves?  The best award we could give would be to the people who helped all the food banks in the country close up shop because they were no longer needed.

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