I have been increasingly weary lately of how many times it's been said to me... "why would you want to set your goal THAT high?"
It's no secret that I'm a risk taker. I don't like playing things safe. Safe is boring. I lead the same way. Our organization takes risks. We aren't just satisfied with a food pantry, so we undertake the mission of adding and providing food from food drives to (now) 42 agencies in Douglas County. We are in the process of initiating a food pantry on Haskell's campus and will be doing the same (hopefully) on campus at KU. We're starting cooking classes in October, teaching people how to cook healthy, nutritious food at an affordable cost. We are looking at a community wide food distribution system, rather than many individual silos, trying to maximize impact and effectiveness.
We are growing at abnormal growth rates. We are distributing more food, to more people and more agencies. Last year at this time, we had 8 agencies and were distributing food to 2,000 people a month. Now, we have 42 agencies and are distributing food to 12,000 people a month. I say that because we never would be where we are if we didn't take risks.
Wayne Gretzky (hockey great) said, "you miss 100 percent of the shots that you don't take."
Our team knows. When it comes to events, fundraisers, community awareness initiatives...we don't set our sights low. They hear me say frequently... "if we set our sights low, you'll hit it...everytime." So, we don't ever set our sighs low. We take risks. We take shots. We make some. We miss some. But what can't be said is that we're not giving 110%.
Every volunteer at our organization, and every staff member. They leave it on the field of play everyday. All of themselves. We go home tired. Not because what we do is that exhausting (most of the time), but because we're executing our personal mission with precision and absolute effort.
It's okay to fail. It's not okay to not try.
We will continue to set big, fat, hairy, and completely audacious goals. Our team would be disappointed with anything less than that. And as we do, continue to support us as you've always done. You won't regret it.
BE A VOICE. Hold a food drive at your business or at your party. Go to http://justfoodks.org/donate/hold-a-food-drive/ for details.
VOLUNTEER. October 8, 2012 - Mobile Food Pantry, 11:00 a.m. Come and see hundreds of cars line up to receive between 7-10 tons of food.
DONATE. October 12, 2012 - Late Night in the Phog Bring a canned food donation or text justfood to 80888 to donate $10.
DONATE. October 21 - Stuff the Bus, Dillon's on 23rd Bring canned food to help KU Stuff the Bus for their 100th Anniversary Homecoming.
DONATE. October 21-28, Dillon's across Lawrence KU Homecoming slogan..."CENTURY LONG, TRADITION STRONG" - we're starting another strong tradition that will hopefully be centuries long to fight hunger in Douglas County. Sponsored by Dillon's, each store will be competing with one another to see who can raise the most food during homecoming week!
VOLUNTEER. November 19-21, December 19-22 at Just Food Our holiday distribution, we will be open 8am-8pm each day to help serve the ever-growing number of those in need, especially during the holiday season.
EVENT. December 15, 2012 - TCP5 http://www.facebook.com/events/156728241133863/
Take a risk. Give it a shot. Come on in, the water is fine. Join (if you haven't) and continue with (if you have) the rest of us at Just Food as we fight hunger in Douglas County each and everyday.