By the time it's all said and done, we will have distributed food to approximately 900 families for Thanksgiving, another 300 families who have come in for our food pantry program, 200 families coming for commodities, and another 800 families have come in for bread and produce this week. Two thousand two hundred families. In three days.
I don't know if you've ever seen the intake and outake of food, but it doesn't last incredibly long. We knew that we were going to be rushed with people, and so we ordered more food. Our warehouse was full near the end of last week. And it's nearly empty tonight. I can't count the number of times I heard people remark, "I thought the food would last longer than this."
The shelf life on food here at Just Food is less than 4 business hours. That is, everything that is on the shelf will disappear within a 4 hour timespan. Stop and think about that for a moment. We don't order the volume that a local grocery store does, but we will get in 30-40 cases in per week of the staples. That's around 800 cans of something that in a week is gone.
Bread and produce don't stick around here very long. We have fresh bread and produce that comes in daily from local grocery stores, and from local farmers. If I could put a gps tracker on this food, people would be blown away how fast it leaves our shelves. We had 1,000 pounds of turnips brought in Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. They were gone by 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. 1,000 pounds of turnips. It's mind boggling.
As much as we tell these stories, sometimes you just have to see with your own two eyes. It truly is amazing.