The mission of Our Neighbors’ Table is to establish a community that provides for the whole person, with nourishing food, kindness and dignity. Today, we celebrate doing just that. On Tuesday, May 8th, before the City Council, Our Neighbors’ Table will recognize the City of Amesbury for its creativity and resolve to ensure no one in the City has to go hungry.
This is a tremendous accomplishment of which the entire City of Amesbury should feel proud. What began as a small group of local volunteers putting on a community meal, has evolved into a lifeline providing food to more than 1 out of 12 Amesbury residents for the last four consecutive years.
Please join us at the May 8th City Council Meeting, Amesbury City Hall, 7:00pm to celebrate this achievement. And thank YOU for all you do to create a food secure community.
Summer Lunch Program- How You Can Help
For more than 2,400 children living in our region summer means no school - and no school breakfast and lunch. In 2017, Our Neighbors’ Table provided 388 kids with healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks through the Summer Lunch Program. This is a 100% increase in kids served from the previous summer and we expect the program to grow even more in 2018.
How can you help support the Summer Lunch Program?
1. Donate most needed Summer Lunch items at Chamber of Commerce Food Drive at Stop & Shop Amesbury on Saturday, May 5 from 10am - 2pm.
2. Make a Fill Em Up Bag! Kids decorate their bags and ask friends and family to help fill it. The goal is to collect $25, which will provide breakfast and lunch to a child for a whole month. This is a great opportunity for kids to understand the of community service and value of helping others!
Thanks to all who helped Fill Your Neighbors' Plate!
Thank you to all of the restaurants who offered their guests the opportunity to donate a virtual meal to ONT. Over $5,000 was raised to fill your neighbors' plates!
Our March campaign might be over, but Loretta is offering the virtual meal donation the first Tuesday of every month and will also be donating 15% of their proceeds to ONT.
Bring our Table to YOUR Table!
The Table to Table campaign is a great opportunity for you to open your home to friends and family to raise awareness of and funds to support ONT's food assistance programs. Now in it's second year, Table to Table has raised over $25,000 since it's inception. You could host anything from a small dinner party to a BBQ for 50. If you're interested in hosting to help put more food on the tables of your neighbors, contact Lesley today!
Upcoming at ONT-Mark Your Calendars!
Save the date for the Volunteer Appreciation Block Party:
Tuesday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Rose Sheehan volunteers primarily in the Our Neighbors’ Table office, though she says with a smile she will always help “wherever I’m needed.” Rose joined the ONT volunteer corps a few months ago after reading about ONT online and hearing good reviews from friends. Rose is 18 and currently taking a gap year after graduating from Pingree Academy. “I have a lot of free time right now,” said Rose, “I’m figuring myself out and am happy to have the opportunity to give back to my community.”
Rose’s first day volunteering with ONT left a lasting impression on her. She was helping in the market as a Customer Service Representative and one of the first guests to come in have her a big hug. After that she was hooked! Rose previously volunteered with the Food Project, working at farmers’ markets and social and food justice workshops, and is currently involved with the Newburyport Literary Festival. During her time volunteering in the ONT office, Rose has learned administrative skills and has gained insight into non-profit work which may inform her future career choices. We are grateful for Rose’s help at ONT!