by Willie Matis
I’m sure if you’ve talked to someone from Gleaners that within 10 minutes of speaking with them, they bring up the fact that with $1 we can feed 4 people.
I know FOR SURE, that I use those words because we want to be the best stewards of your dollars, and the fact that we can let someone know exactly how a donation impacts hunger is great.
THE POWER OF 1
The power that ONE DOLLAR has is great. The power that ONE PERSON has is just as great. All it takes is for one person to suggest running a food drive for something even GREATER to happen.
Since our community is fantastic at giving back, and since we want to make the MOST IMPACT when a group gives to those who are hunger, I wanted to take some time to show you just how Gleaners can stretch a dollar and how a food drive can turn into a FOOD AND FUND drive.
Take a jar of peanut butter. The average cost of an 18 ounce jar of peanut butter to Gleaners is $0.77.
A quick trip to walmart.com – a 40 ounce jar of Great Value brand peanut butter runs you $5.24. Taking the price per ounce, an 18 ounce jar of Great Value peanut butter is $2.35.
Now, how about a kid favorite – Mac & Cheese. For Gleaners, the average price for 7.25 ounce box of macaroni and cheese is $0.31.
Using unit price again, the average cost of a 7.25 ounce box at walmart.com costs $2.14.
And, we can’t forget vegetables. Gleaners pays an average price of $0.35 per 15 ounce can for a can of green beans.
An order from walmart.com? The cost of a 15 ounce can of green beans will run you around $1.93.
So the next time you plan a FOOD DRIVE, I hope you think about planning a Food AND FUND Drive. Or, if someone asks you to participate in a food drive, maybe you will think about donating $1 instead of spending around $2 for one item!
We have fantastic tools on our website to get you started as well as many staff members ready to help make your Food and Fund Drive turn into something very, VERY impactful.
Remember – $1 Feeds 4 People.
Impact you can see. What are your favorite types of fundraisers? How have you seen others INCREASE the impact of a fundraiser by adding multiple ways to donate? We’d love to hear your creativity.