You never know what’s going to happen at NNEMAP Food Pantry. Take this recent customer’s adventure, for example. Kendra (name changed) sent a request for free grocery delivery service right after the New Year. It was January 4th–our first business day of 2021. Pantry Manager Jim Hamberg called Kendra back to confirm the request and set up a delivery time. Business as usual.
The next day, business took an unusual turn. Kendra called Jim back to cancel the delivery request. “I do not have money for rent, so I am probably going to get evicted. I don’t know where we will be, so I don’t know where to tell you to deliver,” she explained.
A year ago, Kendra was a working, single mother of a middle-school aged son. Like many families, they had enough to get by as long as nothing crazy happened. Then the Covid-19 pandemic struck. The first wave of shutdowns left Kendra without a job. After finally finding a new, full-time job that would be sufficient to support her household, she was diagnosed with Covid-19 as part of a final, pre-employment screening. After seeing the positive Covid test, the employer rescinded Kendra’s job offer.
In less than 48 hours, Kendra and her 12-year-old son were going to be out on the street in the dead of winter with no food and no place to go. That was not acceptable. Jim and NNEMAP Food Pantry Executive Director Roy Clark found a nearby organization that would help Kendra pay her rent. A couple of phone calls later, Kendra’s rent was paid and she could stay safely at home.
Crucially, avoiding eviction will keep a blemish off Kendra’s credit rating–a negative mark that could haunt her for years to come. Also, staying in her home meant Kendra’s son would not miss any school time or transfer to a new school. Countless studies have shown that the effects of missed school time or transferring to a different school have a devastating effect on academic achievement. For a middle school student, missing school or being forced to transfer could have catastrophic effects.
Some quick thinking and good listening helped Kendra avoid a disaster–and helped her son stay on track in the classroom.
All in a day’s work.
For the past 10 years, November has been a big fundraising month for NNEMAP Food Pantry. Our annual “Harmony for Hunger” concert brings together hundreds of volunteers, donors, church partners and patrons for a night of great music. The concert raises between $10-$15,000 for NNEMAP.
This year’s event was cancelled–but you can still get the gift of music this Thanksgiving season. NNEMAP Food Pantry and Jazz Arts Group are teaming up to make it happen. We’re just asking for a little help.
DONATE $50 and we will send you a copy of “Come Together”–a compilation of classics from all eras performed by the incomparable Columbus Jazz Orchestra. As an extra bonus, the first 10 donors will get a copy signed by CJO Conductor Byron Stripling!
DONATE $250 and you get to participate in a special virtual conversation with Byron (first 10 donors at this level only). Got a question about the band? One of the songs on the CD? Curious about the recording session? Ask Byron in this intimate forum!
NNEMAP Food Pantry presents our annual Holiday Gift Shoppe!!! Gifts for children aged 17 and under!!! Details follow!!!
SIGN UP DATES November 2 through November 14 ONLY during pantry hours (CLICK HERE for times)
TO REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN Bring ONE of the following documents with your child’s name: Photo ID / Social Security Card / health insurance card / birth certificate
NO EXCEPTIONS TO REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS!!!
HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPE DATES By appointment only, December 14 through December 19
To DONATE or VOLUNTEER for this event, CLICK HERE!
Zaftig Brewing Company is teaming up with NNEMAP Food Pantry! The local craft beer artisans are donating ALL of the “round-up” cash collected at their locations now through the end of the year! Big beers…small change…HUGE impact!!!
NNEMAP Food Pantry distributed the equivalent of about 526,000 meals in 2019 (total through October 15 of this year: 447,000)
NNEMAP’s total cost per meal in 2019 was about 44 cents.
A cash-register round-up, on average, comes out to about 50 cents.
Approximate number of cash-register round ups needed to fund NNEMAP Food Pantry for 1 year: a lot!
Our work is clear: Go to Zaftig Brewing Company and round up at the register!
Huge thanks to Zaftig Brewing Company for this opportunity!
VISIT ZAFTIG AT EITHER ONE OF ITS TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS:
Worthington: 7020-A Huntley Road / Columbus, OH 43229
Italian Village: 119 East 5th Avenue / Columbus, OH 43201
The blustery autumn months are upon us. Before you know it, those holidays are going to be blowing down the street, right toward us.
For NNEMAP Food Pantry customers, holiday gifts can be out of reach. That’s why we try to brighten up those days by offering toys and gifts to our youngest customers. Last year NNEMAP Food Pantry served 4,675 children aged 17 or younger. Nearly 1,000 of them received holiday gifts. That put a lot of smiles on little faces!
The Holiday Gift Shoppe is back for 2020–and we fear it may be needed more than ever. We can only offer this special service with your help. Can you donate a gift–or your gifts–to put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season?
Here’s how you can help:
*Donate new, unwrapped gifts: here are some great GIFT IDEAS
*Donate funds on our DONATION PAGE
*Donate your time by volunteering! Here’s how YOU CAN HELP!
*Print and share a copy of our informational flyer: PRINT A COPY NOW!
THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE THE HOLIDAYS A SPECIAL TIME FOR OUR YOUNGEST CUSTOMERS!!!