Our Annual Report will be released in the next few weeks, but here’s a sneak peak: 5,100 of our neighbors turned to ONT for food in 2020, more than 1600 of them coming for help for the first time. Families with children represented more than 57% of those new faces. But every single one of them was able to shop for the food they needed each week, thanks to our unwavering corps of volunteers, our committed staff, a supportive Board of Directors, and all of the investments that YOU have made in building ONT to create universal food access, even in a pandemic.
Not since last March, have you seen long lines at ONT’s distribution sites. Don’t confuse this calm scene with a lack of need. In fact, there are now more than 10,000 neighbors facing food insecurity. As we reach more and more people, we are committed to serving our community in a way that respects our guests’ dignity, the preciousness of their time, and the need for certainty in putting food on their tables. Our online shopping portal, convenient curbside pick-ups, take-out dinners, and friendly phone support will continue to work behind the scenes to ensure that food remains universally available to all of our neighbors. We’re going to need to continue to invest in our infrastructure to ensure we can meet the need. The establishment of our Ward J Cromer Legacy Society will help us look beyond the year ahead, to prepare us for the lions of the future. There are many things from the past year that we’d like to leave in the past, but we’ll carry forward the lessons we’ve learned, the strength of our growing community of people committed to food security, and the trust we’ve built with each of our neighbors.
Our Unity perseveres,
2020 Impact by the Numbers
News & Events
ONT’s Wednesday Meal continues to be a vital lifeline for our neighbors in the takeout format. Over 15,000 meals were provided in 2020, an increase of 26% from the previous year. Although we cannot welcome sponsors to serve with us, Wednesday Meal sponsors are still needed to financially support this important program. Email Lesley to book your meal sponsorship.
ONT is proud to announce that we are a certified Service Enterprise! A Service Enterprise is an organization that strategically leverages volunteers to achieve operational efficiency and greater social impact. Achieving certification means ONT is in the top 11% of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance. Read more about what this means to ONT ››
As we look at the year ahead, keeping the ONT community healthy remains our priority. ONT will continue to explore ways to engage the community safely. Have a suggestion? Let us know! And stay tuned for more information about virtual Town Halls and other initiatives.