Posts Categorized 'Volunteers'

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!

Posted in: Latest News, Newsletter, Partners, Volunteers

Three Easy Ways to Help Right Now

Things are happening fast these days. Travel restrictions, school and business closings, inexplicable runs on toilet paper….it can be a little overwhelming. Now is not the time to recoil in the face of calamity. As my typing class primer implored instead–“Now is the time for all good [people]* to come to the aid of their country.”

*-edited to use more inclusive language!

NNEMAP Food Pantry could use your help. Here are 3 easy ways for you to pitch in and make an immediate difference:

1: VOLUNTEER  Monday through Friday mornings from 8:30am to 12:00pm, needed to help manage our temporary service model and also “deep clean” the pantry. To schedule volunteer days/times, please contact Executive Director Roy Clark at director@nnemappantry.org.

2: DONATE STUFF  Bars of soap would be awesome. We would like to make sure every household gets at least one full-size bar of soap every visit. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and feminine hygiene products are always good products to donate as well. For additional donation ideas, please contact Pantry Manager Jim Hamberg at jim@nnemappantry.org.

3: DONATE MONEY  We expect service numbers to increase greatly over time as the impact of this event comes to bear on our customers. The “downstream” effects of school closures, job layoffs and wage losses will devastate our customer base. It costs about $16 per customer visit and around $1,200 a day on average to operate the pantry. Contributions now will go a long way to keeping us ahead of what will almost certainly be a wave of increased need in the weeks and months to come. To make secure online donations, sign up for the new Givevia “Shop to Give” platform, or learn about other ways to contribute financially, please visit or direct others to visit our website at www.nnemappantry.org/give.

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While discussing another matter of worldwide concern once, a volunteer assured me, “We’ve survived since the days of living in caves–we’ll surely survive this.” When we all work together, we work best.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission!

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677 E. 11th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 illness, we are CANCELLING Wednesday afternoon and Saturday hours until further notice. Thank you for understanding!

STARTING MARCH 1, 2020

Monday: 9am-12 noon

Tuesday: 9am-12 noon

Wednesday: 9am-12 noon AND 3pm-6pm

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: 9am-12 noon

Saturday Produce Mart: 11am-1pm

NNEMAP Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

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