Happy Bastille Day, everyone! On this date in 1789, a band of angry French commoners, fearful of being excluded from the reconstituted government by the more powerful factions of church and state, stormed the infamous Parisian prison and fortress. They freed a handful of fairly insignificant political prisoners when the prison guard stood down.
So maybe the commoners were rowdy and a little paranoid. Nonetheless, the riot preempted the political process and was the signature event marking the early days of the long and complicated French Revolution, which ended with the rise of the dictator general Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799. Monarchy, bad! Dictatorship…less bad? We did say it was complicated.
Here at NNEMAP, we are waging a lengthy battle against a more contemporary but no less vexing foe–hunger in our community. Since 1969, we have provided meals for local citizens in need of nourishment. We are still at it–now more than ever.
Our move last year to our building at 677 E. 11th Ave. has resulted in steady growth. We are now serving an average of just under 1,000 shoppers per month. In terms of customers served and meals distributed, NNEMAP is on pace to obliterate previous record totals. Consider:
January 1-June 30, 2014: 5,215 shoppers; 120,041 meals.
January 1-June 30, 2015: 4,237 shoppers; 96, 408 meals.
January 1-June 30, 2016: 5,985 shoppers; 150,540 meals!!!!!
We’re a little busy these days! How can you help?!? We’re glad you asked!!!
NNEMAP is always happy to welcome new volunteers to our revolution. Click here to view volunteer job descriptions or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your volunteer schedule today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
NNEMAP recently welcomed Chef Jim Warner to the pantry for an afternoon of kitchen fun and instruction. Warner, who is Program Director, Food and Nutrition at the nearby Wexner Medical Center, spent a couple of hours teaching a knife skills training course to NNEMAP customers and staff.
Warner demonstrated how to chop, slice and prepare mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, yellow squash, onions, cilantro and more for a sumptuous and super-quick stir-fry recipe. We weren’t getting a few tips from a local prep cook here. Warner received his training at New York’s prestigious Culinary Institute of America, the premiere culinary school in the country. Among professionals, this guy is a professional!
After furiously chopping a pile of produce, Chef Warner demonstrated his take on the classic stir-fry. He fired up a couple of propane burners and quickly seared off the fruits (and vegetables) of the class’s labor. We plated up samples of the dish as a light afternoon snack and sent students home with their own chopped goodies to make for dinner that night.
The NNEMAP class enjoyed Warner’s hands-on approach and thorough instruction. The feeling was mutual. “This is a great group,” Warner said. “Everyone is really engaged!” Some students in the class had experience in the foodservice industry, others just cook at home. Regardless of experience or skill level, everyone in attendance (including this staff member!) gained an abundance of practical knowledge about knife skills and safety.
“I really enjoyed myself,” said one student as she made her way out after class. “We have to do this more often.” We couldn’t agree more!
NNEMAP Food Pantry extends a special thanks to Chef Jim Warner for sharing his time and talent 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.