The late Fred Rogers’s direction to “look for people who are helping” in times of crisis has come up a lot lately. And with good reason. This is certainly an unusual time, and certainly a crisis. We have found the helpers–and in some cases, the helpers found us.
We cannot tell you how grateful we are to have so many incredible people helping us.
We have lost jobs. We have lost hours. We have lost. A lot. Despite all that, the helpers are present.
*There’s Zaftig Brewers, who donated 200 pounds of fresh produce after having to close their (awesome) Italian Village location.
*Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers gave 250 free kids combo coupons to distribute to our customers.
A dedicated cast of volunteers has stepped up–Victoria, Richard, Judy, Valerie, Madonna, Cathy, Sharon–all working tirelessly to make sure customers get served. Because we can’t do this without volunteers.
Pantry Manager Jim Hamberg, Pantry Services Coordinator Ali Dojki, and Executive Director Roy Clark have continuously refined the operation to ensure volunteers have a safe work environment and customers get plenty of healthy and safe food choices.
If you are reading this, I know YOU are a helper, too. If you can’t get out to help, you can help from the safety and comfort of your own home. Please consider donating money or materials to help us continue to serve customers. There are many ways to help–click below to find out more.
Things are happening fast these days. Travel restrictions, school and business closings, inexplicable runs on toilet paper….it can be a little overwhelming. Now is not the time to recoil in the face of calamity. As my typing class primer implored instead–“Now is the time for all good [people]* to come to the aid of their country.”
*-edited to use more inclusive language!
NNEMAP Food Pantry could use your help. Here are 3 easy ways for you to pitch in and make an immediate difference:
1: VOLUNTEER Monday through Friday mornings from 8:30am to 12:00pm, needed to help manage our temporary service model and also “deep clean” the pantry. To schedule volunteer days/times, please contact Executive Director Roy Clark at email@example.com.
2: DONATE STUFF Bars of soap would be awesome. We would like to make sure every household gets at least one full-size bar of soap every visit. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and feminine hygiene products are always good products to donate as well. For additional donation ideas, please contact Pantry Manager Jim Hamberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3: DONATE MONEY We expect service numbers to increase greatly over time as the impact of this event comes to bear on our customers. The “downstream” effects of school closures, job layoffs and wage losses will devastate our customer base. It costs about $16 per customer visit and around $1,200 a day on average to operate the pantry. Contributions now will go a long way to keeping us ahead of what will almost certainly be a wave of increased need in the weeks and months to come. To make secure online donations, sign up for the new Givevia “Shop to Give” platform, or learn about other ways to contribute financially, please visit or direct others to visit our website at www.nnemappantry.org/give.
While discussing another matter of worldwide concern once, a volunteer assured me, “We’ve survived since the days of living in caves–we’ll surely survive this.” When we all work together, we work best.
In response to the coronavirus/Covid-19 illness outbreak and guidance from government officials, NNEMAP Food Pantry posted some temporary changes to our service delivery yesterday. Please review those changes and continue reading below.
PLEASE NOTE that the following service hours are CANCELLED until further notice:
Due to the short notice, we will be open for service on Saturday, March 14; however, we will not be open again on Saturday until further notice.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENCE!
We will continue to provide updates via website and Facebook as this situation changes.
Attention NNEMAP Food Pantry shoppers: As a precautionary measure to our valued customers, volunteers and employees relative to the Coronavirus, beginning MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020, NNEMAP Food Pantry will begin distributing pre-filled orders of grocery items. Each order will include a variety of canned fruits, grains, proteins and a beverage. You will also receive abundant fresh fruits and vegetables. As available, you will receive eggs and meat products.
During this time, customers will be required to wait outside the pantry. Only volunteers and employees may enter the building. Please have your identification ready. You may be asked to complete a paper form for verification purposes.
In order to best protect the health of our community, we will distribute food in this manner until further notice.
For up-to-date and accurate information about the Coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 illness, please refer to any of the following resources:
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/
Thank you for your patience as we adjust to this temporary service model. Stay healthy!
Sure it’s cold and gross outside, but spring is really just around the corner–promise! Picnics, parades, block parties, beach vacations…these festive occasions bring questions. What to wear? What to bring? Where to go?
Trends, trinkets, travel–not to worry. We can help! NNEMAP Food Pantry has partnered with Givevia to empower YOU, our loyal supporters, to make more of an impact than you ever thought possible. Givevia allows you to generate funding that comes directly to NNEMAP Food Pantry by doing something you’re probably already doing: shopping online. Find great deals from major retailers and desirable brands and a generous portion of your purchase is directed to NNEMAP Food Pantry. It’s so convenient!
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As always, thank you for your support–happy shopping!