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Reminder! NNEMAP Winter Weather Policy

The weather outside was pretty accommodating over the holiday travel season. But we can’t expect winter to stay away all season. With the worst of winter surely yet to come, it’s a good time to refresh your memory about NNEMAP Food Pantry’s winter weather/snow day policy. It’s pretty simple:

***NNEMAP Food Pantry will be closed when Columbus City Schools are closed for weather***

There you have it! Please check your local television news stations or websites for up-to-the minute school closing information. Thank you!!!

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New SATURDAY Volunteer Hours Available!

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Have you been lying awake nights, wondering how you could ever find a way to volunteer at NNEMAP? Working full time and managing the household is a handful–and then some. Who can find the time to volunteer during the week? With limited pantry service hours, it’s not easy to make your busy work week schedule match up with ours.

But we heard your cry in the night. It sounded like this: “Can we volunteer on Saturdays?!?”

We are here to answer YES! Yes, you can volunteer on Saturdays!

Every Saturday, NNEMAP opens its doors to provide fresh produce and bread to clients who live within our service area ZIP codes. Just like a normal pantry weekday, volunteers are needed to help clients check in, shop for their food, load up and head out. Other volunteers keep food stocked up or work on other projects as needed and as time permits.

The pantry is open for produce mart shoppers from 11am until 1pm. Volunteer shifts begin at 10:00am and end around 1pm. To find out how you can volunteer on Saturday mornings, click here or e-mail info@nnemappantry.org today.

Thanks–and you’re welcome. We’re glad we could find a way for you to volunteer with us at a time convenient for you!

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Wash, Rinse,…Repaint?!?

NNEMAP Wants YOU to Help Spruce up the Pantry!

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NNEMAP will be closed during the Ohio State Fair dates of Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, August 7. That doesn’t mean we’re taking a vacation. While volunteers help fair patrons park their cars outside (for a modest fee), a flurry of activity will be taking place on the inside.

Before we re-open on Monday, August 8, we want to….

*Clean and disinfect all refrigeration equipment

*Thoroughly clean all floors

*Clean and disinfect all equipment

*PAINT!!!

*Reposition some shelving and storage units

*Whatever else we can squeeze into our available time

If you enjoy cleaning and painting–and come on, who doesn’t?–NNEMAP will be your little slice of heaven on earth for a solid week and a half. Projects will start most mornings at 9:00. We want our pantry to be spic-and-span with a shiny new-car smell when we welcome shoppers back for service–we need YOUR HELP to do it!

*Groups welcome

*Drop-ins welcome

*Wear clothing that you can get dirty or get paint on

Sound like fun? Call Sean Becker at 405-850-1688 or e-mail sean@nnemappantry.org to schedule your date today!

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Pantry Ally Keeps Kids Reading

Anyone who has studied educational statistics is more or less familiar with the “summer break syndrome.” After the lengthy academic year concludes, the nation’s school children are turned loose for some three months of sun and fun. Unfortunately, that fun also results in some cognitive backsliding. Children lose a good deal of what they gained academically over the summer. While that ground is typically regained in the beginning of the ensuing school year, it’s still a vexing reality.

One of the first things to go during summer vacation season is reading time. Instead of curling up with a good book, our youth turn to other forms of entertainment (i.e. television) that are less cognitively engaging. In short, our kids spend the summer letting TV turn their budding little brains into mush.We’re not going to change the world of K-12 education here, but we are going to give it a little boost. We have partnered with the Read to Succeed Foundation to keep a steady stream of children’s books on hand for pantry shoppers. Read to Succeed has distributed over 16,000 books, mostly through the pantry system. The books are delivered, organized by grade/age level and staged by Read to Succeed founder (and soon to be high school student) Emily Spector. Easy for us–awesome for our customers!

We are looking forward to keeping our kids’ home libraries stocked up over the summer. Thanks to Read to Succeed, NNEMAP now consistently offers nourishment for the body and the mind!

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Want to help us keep dishing up food–and food for thought? Now is a great time to donate! CenturyLink is currently offering matching funds of 75% of your donation. Donate $100, NNEMAP gets $175. What a deal! To support NNEMAP’s many missions, click here. As always, thank you for your generous support!

 

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State Fair Parking Sign-Up!

Ohio state fair logo

There’s no parking on the dance floor, as the post-disco pop sensation Midnight Star reminded us back in 1983. But there IS parking in NNEMAP’s lot during the Ohio State Fair. In fact, it’s a tremendous fundraising opportunity for the pantry–we earned over $7,000 in 2015!

You can help us park cars and feed families this year by helping out during one of three shifts: 8am-Noon; Noon-4pm; or 4-8pm on any of the State Fair days from Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, August 7.

To sign up, simply follow this link.

Questions, comments, concerns? Contact Roy Clark at 614-297-0533 or e-mail director@nnemappantry.org.

 

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677 E. 11th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

Monday: 9am-12 noon  Tuesday: 9am-12 noon

Wednesday: 9am-12 noon Thursday: 3pm-6pm

Friday: 9am-12 noon  Saturday: 10am-1pm

CLOSED EVERY SUNDAY

NNEMAP Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

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