Necessity is the mother of invention, or so said Plato in his Republic. Who are we to argue with ancient Greek philosophers? In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been forced to reimagine the way we do a lot of things. For NNEMAP Food Pantry (and others), this has meant that customers no longer have the freedom to enter the building and choose their groceries. It’s not ideal, but we are continuing to get food to customers.
As the lockdown settled in, NNEMAP Food Pantry introduced a grocery delivery service, available on a limited basis. Also, we are now serving customers from any ZIP Code. We have eliminated a huge barrier to pantry access by expanding our service area.
As jobs and incomes have disappeared, so have the thin financial cushions that separated our customers from disaster. To help people preserve scarce financial resources, we have been permitting weekly visits to the pantry, up from 2 visits per month. Weekly visits will become permanent policy starting on Monday, August 3.
For our many working customers, we are expanding our hours to offer more convenient shopping times. Starting August 6, afternoon/evening hours will be available every Thursday from 3pm-7pm. The first hour of every Thursday will be reserved for customers who are over 60; immunocompromised; or differently abled.
Beginning August 8, Saturday shopping hours will be available. From 10am to 1pm, customers will be full-service pantry shopping–food distribution will not be restricted to produce and bread.
We are looking forward to these permanent service enhancements that will better serve our customers. Our expansion efforts have been made possible through generous funding from the City of Columbus; United Way of Central Ohio; The Columbus Foundation; the Ohio CDC Association Community Recovery Fund; and our many dedicated individual and church sponsors.
We are blessed to receive a $1,000 grant from The Catholic Foundation through the Foundation’s responsive grant cycle. This grant will help us continue to grow our service area and distribute more fresh and healthy food to more customers. We are proud that our pantry is being acknowledged and supported for all the good work we do.
We are grateful for all the donors who made this grant possible through The Catholic Foundation. Individuals who care deeply about helping others and want to do more in their community can set up endowments and other funds through The Catholic Foundation for the benefit of organizations like NNEMAP Food Pantry.
To learn more about how you can set up funds to help NNEMAP Food Pantry, please reach out to The Catholic Foundation’s Director of Development, Scott Hartman, at email@example.com or 614-443-8893.
To make a secure, online donation to NNEMAP Food Pantry right now, CLICK HERE.
To learn how your planned gift can leave a lasting legacy at NNEMAP Food Pantry, contact Sean Becker, Director of Development + Marketing, at 405-850-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last month NNEMAP Food Pantry was invited again to participate in the CenturyLink “Backpack Buddies” fundraiser. This campaign promises matching funds of at least 75 cents on the dollar thanks to the generosity of the Clarke M. Williams Foundation. That’s a great deal no matter how you look at it.
After last year’s successful fund drive netted over $20,000 in total donations, NNEMAP challenged you, our donors, fans and supporters, to make this year’s event even better. Leave it to an organization supported by dozens of churches to understand the old ‘call and response’ routine, because did you ever respond!
NNEMAP’s donor individuals, churches and other organizations contributed over $37,000 toward the Backpack Buddies campaign. The Clarke M. Williams Foundation matched that nearly dollar for dollar. When all was said and done, NNEMAP was blessed with over $70,000 in total cash donations!
There’s really only one thing to say:
Communications giant CenturyLink and the Clarke M. Williams Foundation have generously supported NNEMAP’s operations over the years. Last year, CenturyLink transitioned that support to an online virtual food drive. The fundraising effort promised to match donations up to 75% of the dollar amount given. So a $100 donation would become $175 thanks to matching funds. Brilliant!
As it turned out, CenturyLink blessed NNEMAP with about a 300% match last year. In 2016 our supporters donated about $5,000 and our total take from CenturyLink was over $20,000!!! For an organization with an operating cash budget just north of $200,000, that’s a huge score!
Please consider donating generously again this year. All donations are processed online through credit card payments. To donate now, click here to go straight to the donation page. Once there you will have to…
1. Enter the dollar amount you would like to donate
2. Scroll down the page and select NNEMAP (participants are listed alphabetically by state, so you have to scroll down a ways to find us)
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the appropriate link to Confirm Payment (can choose PayPal or credit card)
4. Enter the required information and click the Donate Now button.
Congratulations! You have completed your donation!
We appreciate your consideration and shared dedication to alleviating hunger in our city. Thank you to CenturyLink and Clarke M. Williams Foundation for this generous program–and THANK YOU, especially, for helping NNEMAP take advantage of this tremendous fundraising opportunity!
Behind all of the visible work that NNEMAP Food Pantry and other nonprofit organizations do in their communities, there are people behind the scenes who take on the very real work of making it all possible. We call them board members. With the new year, NNEMAP is saying goodbye to three talented and valued board members as their terms expire.
Jon Bennett served as NNEMAP Board President during a time of tremendous change. The very makeup of the board transformed from a large group to a small governing board, a complex transition but one necessary for the long-term success of the pantry. Bennett’s tenure as President also saw the organization’s purchase of its first permanent facility, which represented a huge step forward for NNEMAP. Bennett served as Past President for 2016 and will continue to volunteer as a client interviewer.
NNEMAP’s new building came with many challenges. As chair of the Technology, Facilities and Equipment Committee, Bill Blackburn helped us meet those challenges head-on. Blackburn facilitated upgrades to the building’s electrical system; coordinated the construction of a larger entry door to accommodate deliveries; and contributed countless hours to the maintenance and improvement of the facility.
Susi Blackford steps down from the board and Governance Committee after several years of service. Like Bennett, she has witnessed and helped implement tremendous organizational changes during her tenure. “My decade plus years of serving as a volunteer at NNEMAP Pantry have passed in the blink of an eye,” Blackford says. “The changes that have taken place allowed us to serve two and one half times more hungry clients than before,” she continues. “Although I am stepping aside as a Board member I will continue to serve and support NNEMAP,” Blackford pledges. “It is still my mission to do my part in helping feed the hungry in our midst.”
NNEMAP Food Pantry could not exist without the dedication and service of its volunteer board members. With great gratitude, we thank Jon Bennett, Bill Blackford and Susi Blackford for their immense contributions to the success of the organization. They are the everyday heroes who makes things possible.
NNEMAP is always seeking talented members of the community to fill roles on its Board of Directors and committees. To find out how you can contribute, e-mail email@example.com today!