A pretty good return on investment

Corbin MuraroFor most teenagers, summer vacation is a time to enjoy the sun and recharge for another year of high school.

For 17 year-old Corbin Muraro, the break just gave him more time to do something he’s been doing since he was only 6 years old: help his neighbors struggling with hunger.

Knowing the Food Bank doesn’t receive many donations during the summer months, Corbin and his older brother Trevor decided to start a neighborhood food drive. Armed with homemade fliers and 300 shopping bags donated by a local Trader Joe’s, Corbin and Trevor spent an afternoon canvassing their neighborhood.

Their request was simple: fill the bags with non-perishable foods (and no glass, please!) and leave the bags by your door. Corbin and Trevor would return a few days later to pick up the bags.

When all was said and done, nearly 100 houses participated – and they collected 785 pounds of food. The total time it took to deliver the bags, pick up the donations and deliver the food to the food bank? Six hours, if that.

“The return on investment is great,” noted Corbin.

Corbin was very happy with the results – as were we – especially given how simple it was for him and his brother to do. The secret to success: “Make it easy on the donors, and you’ll get lots of donations.”

We try to make it easy for people in our community to step up and help their neighbors – you donate $1, and the Food Bank will provide $4 worth of food.

We think that’s a pretty good return on investment, too.

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