Just over one year ago, on May ninth twenty-eighteen to be exact, I experienced my very first day as a HIPster. For my whole first week, I followed along with the Senior Meals prep and serving volunteers to learn everything I could about the program, and meet as many people as I could. I was so excited to meet everyone, and to work in such a beautiful kitchen to prepare a delicious meal. We made chicken, macaroni and cheese, and chocolate chip cookies that day – and everything was incredible.
So much has happened since then, both with HIP as an organization as well as the Senior Meals program specifically. We welcomed Moe, our incredible dishwasher to the HIP team, as well as Emebet, who coordinates our East African Food and Fitness Program, which has been wildly successful (and growing!) since last summer. We recently increased our meal count at the Lake City Seniors Community Meals by 40 meals each week, and we’re gearing up to make hundreds of meals each day for our summer meals program. What a year it has been!
My first few months at HIP were a whirlwind of new faces, food preparation techniques, and learning everything that I possibly could about what it takes to make a nonprofit operate. I am still endlessly impressed by the many moving parts it takes to ensure that HIP can function as the well-oiled machine it is today. I am blown away by the unwavering support of our community partners and dedicated volunteers.
So thank you, to our volunteers, donors, community partners, and all members of the HIP family for welcoming me into this amazing community. Here’s to another amazing year!
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