Will you support the work of FoodChain with an end of year contribution to our mission?
The end of the year is a great time to remember all the work we’ve done.
For FoodChain, this means for 2013 we had:
- 2000 visitors
- 2200 hours of education
- 1000 pounds of food grown
- 3300 meals served from our ingredients
And all of this was done in only the 9 months that we’ve been open!
Will you enable us to touch even more lives in 2014 by making a contribution today?
Late this fall, during the cold snap, there was a soft knock at FoodChain’s door. When I went to open it, I was surprised to find two small boys, wearing thin coats. The smallest hung back, but the taller one was braver.
“Hi there, my friend said he’d heard there were fish in this building. Is this where the fish are ma’am?
What followed was one of my favorite tours of the year.
These boys had walked over from Coolivan Apartments, and were brimming with excitement over fish. They had an aquarium too, and they wanted to know how we were growing our fish. We able to teach them about our work, and they even offered tips of their own for fish care. When they finally left, they promised to come back and visit often.
These boys are two of the 2000 visitors that have experienced FoodChain this year. They are an example of the diverse populations that can benefit by reconnecting with their food. And reflecting back on 52 special tours we did for schools and groups, I am assured that FoodChain’s work meets a need that would otherwise go unfilled.
Yes, we grow lots of food. In barely 6 months, we’ve harvested hundreds of pounds of greens and more than 200 fish. Our neighbors at Smithtown Seafood have turned these ingredients into more than 3000 meals for our community!
I could go on and on.
And I hope I can. Because if 2013 has taught me anything, it is that FoodChain’s work is needed in our community.
With your contribution today, you will allow us to do even more in 2014.
Donations now will enable our educational programming and community outreach for the coming year.
We must ensure that those neighborhood boys have a place to come back to a visit, filled with new things to learn!
Executive Director, FoodChain
P.S. If you’ve given already, thank you so much! It is because of you that we were able to do so much! If you haven’t yet, please do so today — it’s your last chance to make a contribution for 2013.