As I reflect on 2021, it is with renewed hope. The past year pushed us like never before, forcing us to adapt and become ever more resilient in this new COVID world. Despite its challenges, Food Outreach had a very impactful year. Thanks to your support, we delivered more than 350,000 meals!
We piloted two new programs, including one program focused on veterans, to consider how our nutritional services might impact the lives of individuals affected by Type II Diabetes. We found virtual ways to engage our clients and partners while still living our mission to fight hunger. We welcomed our clients back into our building in August and hundreds of our clients are enjoying the chance to order from our two and four-week menus again. We completed 476 intakes for new clients with our registered dietitians—a historic number—and we have over 250 clients on our delivery routes. We accomplished all of this with an outstanding team, incredible board, corporate and community partners, interns, and volunteers—all of whom make our work come alive each day.
Thank you for being on this vital, life-affirming journey with us. We remain as committed as ever to providing nutrition, served with grace and gratitude, to our neighbors in seven counties in Missouri and Illinois.
Food and nutrition insecurity are complicated issues related to Social Determinants of Health. In partnership with many other organizations, we are committed to serving more people. Together we can create a world where everyone has enough to eat and people experiencing medical fragility can get the nutrition they need to support their treatments.