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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NNEMAP recently welcomed Chef Jim Warner to the pantry for an afternoon of kitchen fun and instruction. Warner, who is Program Director, Food and Nutrition at the nearby Wexner Medical Center, spent a couple of hours teaching a knife skills training course to NNEMAP customers and staff.
Warner demonstrated how to chop, slice and prepare mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, yellow squash, onions, cilantro and more for a sumptuous and super-quick stir-fry recipe. We weren’t getting a few tips from a local prep cook here. Warner received his training at New York’s prestigious Culinary Institute of America, the premiere culinary school in the country. Among professionals, this guy is a professional!
After furiously chopping a pile of produce, Chef Warner demonstrated his take on the classic stir-fry. He fired up a couple of propane burners and quickly seared off the fruits (and vegetables) of the class’s labor. We plated up samples of the dish as a light afternoon snack and sent students home with their own chopped goodies to make for dinner that night.
The NNEMAP class enjoyed Warner’s hands-on approach and thorough instruction. The feeling was mutual. “This is a great group,” Warner said. “Everyone is really engaged!” Some students in the class had experience in the foodservice industry, others just cook at home. Regardless of experience or skill level, everyone in attendance (including this staff member!) gained an abundance of practical knowledge about knife skills and safety.
“I really enjoyed myself,” said one student as she made her way out after class. “We have to do this more often.” We couldn’t agree more!
NNEMAP Food Pantry extends a special thanks to Chef Jim Warner for sharing his time and talent with us!
If you have children, you know that diapers are a big hassle and expense for baby’s first few years. They are also a necessity. Frequent diaper changes are required if you want your youngster’s backside to stay clean and fresh. Diaper rash is a real bummer, if you pardon the expression.
Unfortunately, diapers are difficult for NNEMAP to keep in stock. We are dependent upon individual donations for these items, and our supply simply cannot keep up with current demand. We are working to change all that. The Columbus Diaper Coalition works through pantries and other local distribution points to get diapers in the hands—and on the bottoms—of those who need them.
With NNEMAP as a distribution point for our new friends at Columbus Diaper Coalition, we are looking forward to having a rash of diapers in stock for customers!