There may have been a little snow on the ground Saturday morning, but our superb group of student volunteers from the Ohio State University’s “Pay it Forward” program came to NNEMAP with willing hands and warm hearts.
In just a few short hours, our 10 guests swept and mopped the client waiting area; deep-cleaned inside, under and behind our freezers; assisted with some equipment repairs; repackaged about 100 pounds of bulk flour and sugar; organized our shopping bag and cart area; assembled a pair of shelving units; and redesigned our display board.
Best of all, they did it with great enthusiasm and cheerful smiles:
We’re not positive, but we’re pretty sure they slipped off and did even more incredibly helpful things for us when we weren’t looking. When we opened for business on Monday, our building was squeaky clean.
Thanks again to our student friends at Pay it Forward. When we need a special group of volunteers, we know we can always “Go Bucks!”
NNEMAP Food Pantry is always happy to host your volunteer group. E-mail email@example.com or call 614-297-0553 to schedule a date with us!
NNEMAP Food Pantry is pleased to announce a new partnership with Recycle Pots & Pans. NNEMAP’s primary focus is to provide individuals and families with a three-day supply of food up to two times each month. Through our partnership with Recycle Pots & Pans, we hope to make it easier for families to prepare nutritious meals and enjoy the benefits of family mealtime.
The mission of Recycle Pots and Pans is to provide cooking tools to those in need through the recycling and re-distribution of commonly used kitchen items. The goal is to recycle and share tools such as pots, pans, plates, tableware, measuring cups and small kitchen appliances needed for the easy preparation of meals enjoyed at the family table.
Studies show that when kids eat meals with their families, they’re more likely to have healthy body weights and perform better in school. The role of Recycle Pots and Pans is to help families eat together and do something “green” by recycling at the same time.
Recycle Pots and Pans collects items for recycling and redistribution to those in need by encouraging folks to help us collect, recycle and re-use commonly used kitchen items. To learn more about the program, visit the Recycle Pots and Pans website.
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!
As of last Friday, April 1, many low-income Americans were at risk of losing their S.N.A.P. (i.e. Food Stamp) benefits for failing to meet the necessary work requirements. The work requirement was suspended during the depths of the Great Recession and its accompanying high unemployment rate. As the economy and job market has recovered, many states have reinstated the work requirement for certain program recipients.
In Ohio, Governor John Kasich reinstated the requirement for most of the state. Those areas with lingering high unemployment have been exempted for the time being. What does that mean? For people still struggling to find steady jobs, pantries like NNEMAP and supporting agencies like the Mid-Ohio Food Bank will be called upon more than ever to keep food on families’ tables.
For a national perspective, you can read the Washington Post article linked here.
To find out how you can help NNEMAP feed area families in need, call 614-297-0533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2015, NNEMAP Food Pantry distributed the equivalent of about 230,000 meals to local families. In just 2 1/2 short months this year, we have already helped our shoppers with over 50,000 meals. Told you we were busy!
So where does all of that food come from? A variety of places–our supporting church network provides about a quarter of the food supply. Most of our fresh produce and shelf-stable product is sourced through the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. A large portion of the remainder comes from our three Giant Eagle partner stores at Neil Ave. and Buttles; Grandview Yard; and Britton Parkway. Here is one day’s delivery of frozen meat–over 800 pounds!
The supermarket chain also donates bread and bakery goods, snack items and assorted canned goods and goodies. NNEMAP typically takes in over a ton of donated food from the stores each week.
If you ever wondered how we do it–there is your answer. We can only do it with the help of the amazing Columbus community. Churches, businesses, partners–we are all in it together, working hard to eliminate hunger in our city.