Today, we would like to celebrate some important numbers: 1,092,635; 92,635; and 8,200. Why are these three numbers a big deal to us here at Trilogy? Let us explain.
1,092,635: This is how many pounds of food we raised for charities and food banks across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan through our Independence from Hunger food drive.
92,635: This is how many pounds of food we raised over our 1 million pound goal.
8,200: This is the most important number. This is how many people can be fed for an entire month thanks to the donations made by Trilogy residents, staff members, and members of the communities our campuses call home across the Midwest.
What does it look like to raise over 1 million pounds of food? It depends on where you are. If you were at The Lakes of Monclova in Maumee, Ohio, or The Oaks at Northpointe Woods in Battle Creek, Michigan, it might look like a group of campus leaders laughing with their faces covered in whipped cream. These campuses raised money to benefit local charities by offering employees chances to pie their supervisors in the face!
If you’re at Oakwood Health Campus in Tell City, Indiana, raising these funds looked like a room filled with towering stacks of pizza boxes reaching toward the ceiling. Team members at this campus made pizzas by hand, which were then sold to community members to benefit the United Way of Perry County.
At Wellbrooke of Westfield in Westfield, Indiana, fundraising looked like front yards dotted with pink, plastic birds. This campus challenged prominent community members, businesses and a few of its own employees to donate to the cause by “flocking” their homes with flamingos.
In the homes of Trilogy employees everywhere, raising 1 million pounds of food looked like families emptying their cabinets, making extra trips to the store, and loading their trunks and backseats with boxes, baskets, and bags of nonperishables. It also looked like slightly smaller paychecks, as employees opted to give back through payroll deduction and donated PTO hours.
If you were to take a broader view of things, you could say that raising over 1 million pounds of food looks like a million acts of selflessness. You would be right. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from operating 101 (and counting) senior health and hospitality campuses across four states, it’s that our communities are full of selfless people. Some of these people work at our campuses, some live at our campuses, and others stop by to donate their time, their talent, and in cases like our Independence from Hunger campaign, their possessions.
We appreciate everyone who has helped us exceed our Independence from Hunger goal. Your hard work, donations, and support of our fundraising efforts have helped us make a positive impact on the lives of thousands. If you’re having trouble visualizing what over 1 million pounds of food looks like, here’s what we see: thousands of lunch bags heavy with nutritious food, thousands of families at their kitchen tables passing bowls of steaming sides, thousands of stomachs that have finally stopped grumbling, and thousands of smiling faces. That’s what our Independence from Hunger campaign is all about.