Posts Categorized 'Partners'

Thank You, Donors!

Dear NNEMAP Food Pantry Donors,

Wow. There are no words to describe your generosity, so “Wow,” is going to have to do. The “Big Give” ended yesterday afternoon at 6:00pm. In just 32 hours, you donated $52,513.89 to NNEMAP Food Pantry. And that’s BEFORE our share of matching funds from the prize pool.

Wow. 

In a year when we have lost so much, you reminded us of just how much we have. We have your support. We have your encouragement. We have…you.

On behalf of the thousands of area households we serve, thank you for being there for us.

From the entire staff and Board of Directors, thank you for walking beside us as we strive to eliminate hunger in our city.

From all of us to all of you–THANK YOU for your support.

 

Gratefully,

NNEMAP Food Pantry

 

 

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NNEMAP Now Delivers!

Having trouble with transportation? Compromised health condition keeping you confined to your home? We will bring the goods to your doorstep! NNEMAP Food Pantry has partnered with local janitorial and environmental services contractor Gimme the Dirt, Ltd. to offer free grocery delivery service for our customers.

Here’s how it works:

  1. CALL 614-297-0533 or E-MAIL info@nnemappantry.org
  2.  NNEMAP Food Pantry will collect the necessary information to register you for service
  3.  We will package up your groceries for delivery
  4.  We will call you when your order is on the way!

Delivery is available on TUESDAY and THURSDAY throughout Columbus.

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Want to help pack provisions for our patrons? Fill bags and boxes of food for our favorite folks? Get in here! Call 614-297-0533 or e-mail info@nnemappantry.org and tell us you are ready for action!

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Special thanks to @gimmethedirtohio for making this service possible. If you need residential or commercial cleaning services, we know who can help!

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April Volunteer Luncheon Postponed

The coronavirus pandemic has featured no shortage of bitter ironies. Add one more to the list. Our annual Volunteer Appreication Luncheon, scheduled each year in April, has been postponed. Although a new date has not been set, we are tentatively planning to celebrate the exceptional work of our volunteer staff in September. At a time when we owe so much to our dedicated volunteers, we are extremely disappointed that we have to reschedule this afternoon of hard-earned and much deserved recognition. We are looking forward to our best event ever in the fall!

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We Found the Helpers!

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.

*Nayked Apparel is donating 10 percent of sales of their We Care line of Men’s and Women’s clothing to NNEMAP Food Pantry.

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.

I WANT TO HELP!!!

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Why Partnerships Are Important

A few weeks ago, a volunteer came into my office on another busy Friday. “Can you help this customer?” she asked. “She got a letter about her property taxes and she doesn’t know what it’s about,” she explained.

I went to speak with the customer to learn more. Well into her 80s, she was shopping in a wheelchair, visibly upset. “They’re going to take my house,” she said. After gathering some information, it was time to investigate.

A quick look at the Franklin County Auditor’s website showed her property taxes were current. Perhaps the letter was sent in error or it was in regard to another matter. We had to find out, but how? If it was a legal matter, who could help?

Short answer: the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. I sent all the information to our friends at Legal Aid and explained the situation. They called the customer to learn more about the notice she received in the mail. The customer is now working with the City of Columbus to find out why she received this notice. If our customer needs additional assistance, our friends at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus are a phone call away and completely free of charge.

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This story will have a happy ending, and it’s all because of the wonderful partnerships that help NNEMAP Food Pantry serve more than food.

-Our CUSTOMER, our most important partner, knew she could share her concern with the NNEMAP volunteer who was helping her shop.

-Our VOLUNTEER, the heart and soul of our organization, knew there was some way we could help.

-Our STAFF identified an agency that could help the customer.

-Our REPRESENTATIVE from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus immediately responded to our customer’s needs and continues to follow up.

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At NNEMAP Food Pantry, we can give you food. And we can listen.

We can’t give you legal advice, but we can connect you with someone who can.

We can’t complete your application for SNAP/Food Stamps benefits, but we can connect you with someone who will.

We can’t help you choose the right health care plan or explain how open enrollment works, but we can connect you with someone who does.

We CAN care about connecting you to trusted, quality services and organizations. And we do. Because ALL of our partnerships are important.

To find out how YOU CAN BE A PARTNER, click the link below. We can’t wait to see you!

NNEMAP Food Pantry: Partners Wanted!

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677 E. 11th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

PLEASE NOTE our NEW HOURS effective August 3, 2020!

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

Wednesday: 9am-12 noon Thursday: 3pm-7pm*

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

*3-4pm Thursday reserved for seniors and clients who are immunocompromised or differently abled

CLOSED EVERY SUNDAY

NNEMAP Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

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