“Our goal was to raise 5,000 pounds, doubling what we did the past two year,” said NPRE owner Jody Donley. “But we had one large donor and Wonderland Homes also contributed a large matching sum.”
A large portion of the collection was through cash donations, Jody said, also attributing this year’s success to the drive’s community partners and bag deliveries. Drive bags were dropped on Stapleton doorsteps and picked up a few days later.
“We probably had about 500 bags and boxes of food that people left on the porches. That was huge,” she said. “We estimated about 15% of the neighborhood participated in that way.”
Stapleton residents and others also dropped off goods at collection sites.
“Amore Fiori was giving out gifts for anyone who donated, while Quebec Square Family Dentistry and Blue Creek were doing drawings,” Jody said. “Drop-off locations were offering incentives to stop by, so the barrels at these locations were more than overflowing.”
And all of the donations were sorted at NPRE’s warehouse before they were donated.
“You couldn’t even see the floor of our warehouse,” Jody said. “It was just a sea of white bags. The Food Bank took two days to count it all.”
Next year’s goal?
“We’re going to double it again,” she said. “I think this event really says a lot about Stapleton – overall, people recognize how fortunate they are. These donations are kind of a small thing, but whenever you give just a little bit, it adds up. The food drive is driven by the community’s generosity.”