Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Sometimes you have to wonder how some of the people who appear on US currency got there. Take Ulysses Grant, for example. Not really a great general but one who exploited his advantages in materiel and manpower. Widely acknowledged as a pretty poor president. Could hold his liquor. Somehow ends up on the 50-dollar bill.

Lincoln. Legal genius. Brilliant president. But the 5-dollar bill AND the penny? Seems like the self-deprecating Lincoln would be a little embarrassed at all the attention. And how does Ben Franklin land on the 100-dollar bill while James Madison, he of Federalist Paper fame, practically the author of the Constitution, gets shut out. We hear Madison wasn’t very popular among his peers, but Franklin spent much of the country’s formative years in France.

One choice that makes perfect sense is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s appearance on the dime. When Roosevelt won the 1932 presidential election, the country was in the depths of the Great Depression. Bing Crosby’s wistful tune of boom and bust, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” filled the airwaves from coast to coast. Widely credited with calming the country’s nerves and helping lead the nation out of economic despair, FDR was a natural choice for the 10-cent piece.

Here at NNEMAP, we’re still asking for dimes. Why? Because the food cost for each meal we distribute is about 10 cents. That’s right–we can buy food for one meal for just 10 cents! That’s some serious buying power!

How we do it: Thanks to our agency partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, we can purchase food at a tremendous discount–just pennies on the dollar. Fresh fruits and vegetables and many other items are free of charge.

What it means to you: You get tremendous value when you donate to NNEMAP Food Pantry. For every $1 you donate, we can purchase enough food for 10 meals! $10 buys enough food for 100 meals. $100 buys enough food for a whopping 1,000 meals!

How you can help: We know you love a good deal and want to know how to jump on the bandwagon. NNEMAP makes it easy to donate. You can simply click here to go right to our donation page. If you donate online with a credit card, consider becoming a sustaining donor. Details are on the donation page.

As always, thank you for your generous support. Every dime makes a difference because every dime makes a meal!


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