A few weeks ago, a volunteer came into my office on another busy Friday. “Can you help this customer?” she asked. “She got a letter about her property taxes and she doesn’t know what it’s about,” she explained.
I went to speak with the customer to learn more. Well into her 80s, she was shopping in a wheelchair, visibly upset. “They’re going to take my house,” she said. After gathering some information, it was time to investigate.
A quick look at the Franklin County Auditor’s website showed her property taxes were current. Perhaps the letter was sent in error or it was in regard to another matter. We had to find out, but how? If it was a legal matter, who could help?
Short answer: the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. I sent all the information to our friends at Legal Aid and explained the situation. They called the customer to learn more about the notice she received in the mail. The customer is now working with the City of Columbus to find out why she received this notice. If our customer needs additional assistance, our friends at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus are a phone call away and completely free of charge.
This story will have a happy ending, and it’s all because of the wonderful partnerships that help NNEMAP Food Pantry serve more than food.
-Our CUSTOMER, our most important partner, knew she could share her concern with the NNEMAP volunteer who was helping her shop.
-Our VOLUNTEER, the heart and soul of our organization, knew there was some way we could help.
-Our STAFF identified an agency that could help the customer.
-Our REPRESENTATIVE from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus immediately responded to our customer’s needs and continues to follow up.
At NNEMAP Food Pantry, we can give you food. And we can listen.
We can’t give you legal advice, but we can connect you with someone who can.
We can’t complete your application for SNAP/Food Stamps benefits, but we can connect you with someone who will.
We can’t help you choose the right health care plan or explain how open enrollment works, but we can connect you with someone who does.
We CAN care about connecting you to trusted, quality services and organizations. And we do. Because ALL of our partnerships are important.
To find out how YOU CAN BE A PARTNER, click the link below. We can’t wait to see you!
Attention, Kroger shoppers! Just a little friendly reminder for you from your friends at NNEMAP. Do you participate in Kroger’s Community Rewards program? The leading grocery store chain’s generous program distributes millions of dollars annually to schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. In other words, Kroger Community Rewards help provide crucial funds for organizations just like NNEMAP!
Signing up is fast and easy. Simply go to the Kroger Community Rewards site and log in. If you haven’t created an account before, you’ll need to enter an e-mail address and password.
Complete the remaining required fields, and you will proceed to a “Find Your Organization” prompt. You can type “NNEMAP” in the box or just enter our organization’s ID number: 80611. Then click on the “Search” button.
When your search results come up, click on the round button next to the NNEMAP entry to highlight it. Then click on the “Enroll” button. And…that’s it! It is really that simple. You shop, we get a steady drip of needed financial support. What’s not to love?
Not a Kroger shopper? Don’t let that stop you from supporting NNEMAP’s mission! Click here to find out how you can help today!
Anyone who has studied educational statistics is more or less familiar with the “summer break syndrome.” After the lengthy academic year concludes, the nation’s school children are turned loose for some three months of sun and fun. Unfortunately, that fun also results in some cognitive backsliding. Children lose a good deal of what they gained academically over the summer. While that ground is typically regained in the beginning of the ensuing school year, it’s still a vexing reality.
One of the first things to go during summer vacation season is reading time. Instead of curling up with a good book, our youth turn to other forms of entertainment (i.e. television) that are less cognitively engaging. In short, our kids spend the summer letting TV turn their budding little brains into mush.We’re not going to change the world of K-12 education here, but we are going to give it a little boost. We have partnered with the Read to Succeed Foundation to keep a steady stream of children’s books on hand for pantry shoppers. Read to Succeed has distributed over 16,000 books, mostly through the pantry system. The books are delivered, organized by grade/age level and staged by Read to Succeed founder (and soon to be high school student) Emily Spector. Easy for us–awesome for our customers!
We are looking forward to keeping our kids’ home libraries stocked up over the summer. Thanks to Read to Succeed, NNEMAP now consistently offers nourishment for the body and the mind!
Want to help us keep dishing up food–and food for thought? Now is a great time to donate! CenturyLink is currently offering matching funds of 75% of your donation. Donate $100, NNEMAP gets $175. What a deal! To support NNEMAP’s many missions, click here. As always, thank you for your generous support!
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.