While we have been able to reach large numbers of households throughout Okinawa Prefecture in our monthly distributions (reaching 10,000 in December, 2021), we wanted to determine the impact of our support. Was the support we were providing meaningful and helpful? To what degree did our support help lessen the financial burdens they faced? Considering our resources, what impact could we expect to have?
We launched a pilot project in April that that enrolled 500 households in four different cities throughout Okinawa. We collected data on each household such as number of adults, children, ages, and gender. And at each of our monthly distributions we asked three simple questions:
The last question was important to us to understand the financial impact our food support may have on a household. For example, a single-mother who receives a good deal of snacks and drinks may say she is very grateful for these things because she normally cannot purchase them. However, in reality this would have very little impact on our household budget as she normally does not purchase them.
The first stage of the pilot project will be completed at the end of September at which time we will consider next steps.
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