Happy New Year! The Valley Food Bank accomplished much in 2019. While the challenges associated with hunger and food insecurity remains, we were able to process more than $12,000,000 worth of food resources, which we could not have done without you. 2020 is looking to be a year of growth and realignment as we strive to meet the changing needs of our community.
After participating in a host of round table discussions and tours by other non-profits, we have spent a great deal of time evaluating our delivery of services and resources. While other non-profits and food organizations look to us as a model, we remain committed to continuous improvement to best serve our clients and our partner agencies.
We started thinking differently about the way we approach our work and the value we bring to every pantry we serve. Instead of focusing on independent programs, we wondered what would happen if we took a more holistic approach to the unique needs of each of our distribution sites and worked closely with our partners to determine the best use of our food resources and other necessities.
We realize that, outside of food, our greatest resource is the relationships that we have built and fostered over many years. Those relationships are many, and include food pantry coordinators, volunteers, donors, elected officials, civic organizations, businesses, other non-profit agencies, and the thousands who seek our services.
We anticipate that some will not find an organizational restructure very exciting, but to us it is a prime example of how our food bank is constantly looking at ways we can best steward the resources entrusted to us to have the greatest impact on the most people. We are optimistic about this new approach to our work and what it will mean for the communities we serve. Thank you for supporting our work in the past and trusting you will continue to be a partner throughout this New Year.
Thank you for Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope for these… and so many others.