We help our clients enhance their lives, health and self-sufficiency through access to nutritious food and other resources.
Our food and basic necessities distribution system is focused on supplying one week of food for individuals and families in the Zip Codes of 43201, 43211, and 43215. We are supported by 32 area churches and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Our clients may visit our pantry twice a month to receive a three-day supply
of food. We are supported by over 100 volunteers who work with our guests daily in a choice pantry environment. We have expanded our efforts to offer more nutritious foods, specifically fresh produce. The increased produce from Mid-Ohio Foodbank, expansion of our community gardens, and grant requests to purchase produce during winter months have been successful. We also offer an emergency homeless program for our more than 300 homeless guests. Items with poptop cans and food items that do not need refrigeration or heating are given three times each month.
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Ohio Benefit Bank Site
NNEMAP is an official site for the Ohio Benefit Bank. Our trained counselor works with guests complete their taxes and evaluate eligibility for state and federal benefits. Twice a week, a staff member from Mid-Ohio Foodbank comes to our pantry and assists our guests in signing up for food stamps, Medicaid, utility assistance, and social security disability assistance. If eligible, guests are able to apply online at that time. This makes it very easy and comfortable for our guests to access much-needed financial assistance in a convenient and non-threatening environment. In addition, we work with our guests to give them direction on other needs using the HandsOn Central Ohio online information and referral service. We also provide our address for any of our guests who need it. This is particularly helpful for homeless and transient individuals.
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Because the needs of our guests and their families are so diverse, we established relationships with area health providers to focus on client health issues. The mobile medical van from the Breathing Association comes to NNEMAP six times each year for free physicals, x-rays, and medication assistance. In addition, nurses from Columbus Public Health come twice a month to check blood pressure and sugar levels, give flu shots, and answer questions. We have also started a partnership with the Mt. Carmel mobile medical van who comes monthly with a staff of doctors, nurses, and social workers to assist our neighbors.
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Each summer, our sponsoring churches and the Junior League of Columbus donate backpacks full of back-to-school items for children of our clients. Volunteers assemble and distribute kits based on the age of each child and the suggested requirements from Columbus City Schools. We provide one backpack per child, thereby allowing as many guests as possible to be served. We typically distrubute over 500 backpacks each year. During the Christmas season, we set up a Christmas shop to allow our families to select two gifts per child. Volunteers operate the shop, and the items are donated by our supporting churches and volunteers.
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Each holiday season, we distribute approximately 1,500 grooming kits. Items are donated by our supporting churches and delivered to our pantry. We provide clear bags with an attached list of the items needed.The kits include nine items: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss,deodorant, razor, shampoo, conditioner, and a washcloth. The clear bags make it easy for each person to see what they are getting such as a men's or women's deoderant. These items are given to each family. During the year, we also work to keep these items available upon request.
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All portrait information is provided voluntarily by nonprofit organizations. An organization may decline to participate. At a minimum, information is updated annually--sometimes more frequently. Documents indicated as available by an organization are verified by Foundation staff. The financial section is completed by Foundation staff based on available documents for a three-year period.