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677 East 11th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
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CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Roy Clark
Executive Director
Board Chair
Mr. Sam Moore

Help our clients enhance their lives, health and self-sufficiency through access to nutritious food and other resources.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • Through a program offered by The Columbus Foundation on board development, we have revamped our board from a volunteer board representing many of our church sponsors, to a real governing board. It is much smaller and we have added strategic members.

  • The GROW Award from Ingram-White Castle enabled our board to hire a consultant to develop a strategic plan for NNEMAP's future growth. Overall mission, program services, infrastructure, and fundraising are the focus.

  • Since moving to South Linden, we have seen unprecedented growth. In the first seven months of 2016, we have seen a 41% increase in visits and 56% increase in people served. This has required a significant increase in managing our capacity. 

  • We continue to focus on fresh produce as a part of our mission to provide more nutritious options for our neighbors. With a $5,000 grant, we were able to open our delivery door for pallets of produce, and open a produce mart Saturday mornings. 

  • As we are entering our second year in South Linden. our board and staff have reached out to many of the leaders in the community and organizations serving them. Columbus Public Health, City of Columbus, and Columbus Schools are examples.


  • With the growth we are experiencing, we will evaluate our program offering and staffing to accomplish our goals. This will require a very robust fundraising strategy to be developed for 2017.

  • We began our Saturday morning Produce Mart in August of 2016 to distribute more produce and to offer a weekend time frame to our neighbors. It is critical that this be successful in order to distribute the 6,000 pounds of produce each week.

  • Through our strategic planning process, we intend to development a marketing and branding strategy for 2017 and the years to come.

  • A key objective continues to be growing our outreach for food distribution. Through our strategic planning process we are evaluating options such as a second site, adding a zip code, or exploring other options to better support the neighborhoods.

  • It is our goal to add a staff person in 2017 to support the growth we are seeing and the long term strategy for NNEMAP.

Background Statement

NNEMAP traces is beginnings to 1958 with the construction of I-670. This so disrupted Flytown neighborhoods that the home values plummeted. By 1968, about a dozen churches were working together with the Godman Guild Association and had created a food pantry to serve the population that had moved to North High Street areas. On April 1, 1969, the pantry incorporated as the Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program. The pantry operated out of an old home on Denison Avenue for several years. In the early 1980s, NNEMAP moved to the basement of an old church in the Short North. During the recession years of 2008-2012 NNEMAP, like most food pantries, grew tremendously. In order to accommodate that growth, fundraising expanded, a computer system was developed, and a web site created. We expanded our volunteer base as well. NNEMAP became one of the largest pantries in Franklin County. In 2014, the church was sold to a real estate company, who eventually asked us to move. We found a site in South Linden that was perfect, but for sale. NNEMAP had received the significant GROW Award from the Ingram White Castle Foundation. With their permission and a savings that had accumulated over many years, we were able to purchase the building. It was an incredible move for NNEMAP as it moved us closer to the poverty in the Linden area. The space was large enough to create a full "choice" pantry. It is handicap accessible and has triple the parking. With the change we made to create a truly governing board, we also created our Network to represent our 32 church supporters. We have seen unprecedented growth since our move and believe NNEMAP will play an integral part in solving the food insecurity issues in our area.

Statement from Mr. Roy Clark, Executive Director

NNEMAP has been serving the needs of those less fortunate for over 45 years. Our mission is to provide food and basic necessities for those under the poverty level. The recession years forced us to re-evaluate how we were going to operate to serve the increased need. With the assistance of many talented volunteers and board members, we added many systems, began aggressively fundraising, revamped our board, and created a Network of church representatives to improve our partnerships. Our 30-year home in the Short North was sold in the summer of 2014 and we eventually were asked to move. We were fortunate to find a place we could afford to purchase in South Linden. During this period we were awarded the GROW award from the Ingram White Castle Foundation. This award not only helped us with the purchase, but has enabled us to engage the services of a consultant to develop a strategic plan. This plan is focused on our growth, how to structure NNEMAP, and how to fund it for the future. 

Statement from Mr. Sam Moore , Self-"Employed

The board of directors for NNEMAP represents a revamped governing board. Through a series offered by The Columbus Foundation in 2014, we went to work making the appropriate changes in our board. With the addition of an attorney, a former budget director from Battelle, a senior executive from a local bank, and a representative from Ohio State Extension, we have been able to spend more time in planning for the future of NNEMAP. With the assistance of a consultant recommended by The Foundation, we have undergone a strategic plan covering the next three years. We feel we are positioned to grow our service areas and our services with a strong marketing and fundraising stratey.



Mr. Roy Clark, 
Term Start 9/2009 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Mr. Clark was hired in September of 2009 after a 34 year career with Macy's (formerly Federated Dept. Stores). His career included 23 years as a General Manager and 11 years in Human Resources. Mr. Clark has served on many boards and was very active with the Macy's philanthropic programs during his time there. 

Mr. Sean Becker, 
Biographical Statement

Mr. Becker was hired as the Assistant Director in August of 2015. Mr. Becker brings a background in non-profit work with the Furniture Bank. He is a writer, former teacher, book editor and has a Graduate degree in public policy from the Glenn College at OSU.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 105 
Staff Retention Rate:


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 4
Current Plan Adopted 3/2010
Additional Organization Information

Mid-Ohio Foodbank; Giant Eagle; Kroger; Orlando Bread; HandsOn Central Ohio; Columbus area churches; Central Ohio Diabetes Assn.; Breathing Association; IMPACT Community Action; Local Matters; Technology For The Poor; Produce One; Community Shares of Mid Ohio; Yoga On High; Hilton Hotel Downtown; House of Krauss Design Studio

Government Licenses Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
National Affiliations Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) - Affiliate
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Sam Moore,
Board Chair Term 1/2017 -  12/2019  
Board Members
Mr. Andy Ahijevych,  
Mr. Jon Bennett,  
Mr. Billl Blackburn,  
Ms. Susan Blackford,  
Ms. Sarah Borders,  
Mr. Jim Brown,  
Ms. Phyllis Hoggatt,  
Ms. Lorri Kuczynski,  
Mr. Dave Moore,  
Ms. Anne Nelson,  
Ms. Carla Nuenke,  
Mr. Ricky Parsons,  
Ms. Amiee Romans,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 82% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 143%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 186%
Gender Female 46%
  Male 54%
Race African-American/Black 7%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 93%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Basic Services

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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Children's Services

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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Health Services

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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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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Grooming Kits

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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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Projected Revenue $613,871
Projected Expense $514,519
Endowment Fund Yes
Value $105,000
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? Yes

Revenues by Source

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Direct Support $567,063  $570,718  $429,693 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $567,063  $570,718  $429,693 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue
Interest and Dividends $20  $19 
Membership Dues
Special Events
Other $14,419  $5,951  $3,582 
TOTAL REVENUE $581,502  $576,669  $433,294 

Expense by Type

  2014   2013   2012  
Programs $496,856  $532,047  $438,771 
Administration $33,215  $18,413  $10,696 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $530,071  $550,460  $449,467 

Assets and Liabilities

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Assets $212,716  $159,359  $132,724 
Current Assets $88,638  $49,936  $28,593 
Total Liabilities $11,178  $9,252  $8,826 
Current Liabilities $8,337  $9,252  $8,826 
NET ASSETS $201,538  $150,107  $123,898 


TCF Staff:
Documents Form 990 2014 Form 990 2013 Form 990 2012

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