On behalf of everyone at Buckeye Food Alliance, I want to thank you for supporting our mission to end food insecurity on Ohio State’s campus.
Because of your support, Buckeye Food Alliance has served 411 families, 127 of those being new, with 901 individual visits over the last seven months. Since the beginning of this academic year, we have increased our social media presence, adopted a strategic marketing plan, modeled our website for ease of use, and have taken steps to make our clients more comfortable during their visits.
We have forged new partnerships with the Collegiate Council on World Affairs and Undergraduate Student Government. Our current partnerships with Target and Mid-Ohio Food Bank have increased access to fresh produce and frozen food for our clients. This effort will continue through a new partnership with Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory.
Seventy-two students in eleven organizations across the university and our own team of fifty volunteers have spent valuable hours at our pantry welcoming clients, sorting produce, restocking shelves, and conducting pantry improvement projects. In turn, our volunteer retention has increased by over fifty percent.
In March, BFA received $3,205 from 79 gifts during Ohio State’s Day of Giving. This was our first year being asked to participate. We were among three other beneficiaries aimed at ending food insecurity on our campus. Students and faculty, more than ever before, are taking the initiative to support their fellow Buckeyes who are hungry. Since our founding in 2016, Buckeye Food Alliance has been at that edge of change.
In the next year, we plan on opening a second location, which will provide greater access to our clients. We will also continue to partner with student organizations who share our goals. But we will need your help.
With your continued support, Buckeye Food Alliance can achieve its goal of ending food insecurity on Ohio State’s campus. We look forward to hearing from you. Do not hesitate to call us at (614) 285-4067 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Buckeye Food Alliance