While we work with our partners to gain this knowledge, we are simultaneously piloting new programs and projects, building new partnerships and using our experience, lessons from national leaders to strengthen the existing network of food resources across our region.
The thought of declaring our entire region as food-secure is both incredible and entirely possible. Our experience in the City of Amesbury, and in just the short time of engaging community members in Newburyport has demonstrated that one of our region’s greatest strengths is the motivation of its citizens to mobilize and take care of one another. ONT experienced that eagerness first-hand in 2016 when we raised $1.1 million to open the Jardis-Taylor Center, and again this June. With 10 days left in our Spring Appeal, we put out a call to community members to meet a $10,000 challenge match. Well, the community answered and raised the bar – raising $21,000! ONT secured it’s $10,000 matching gift and finished the Spring Appeal well over its goal, having raised $113,000! To everyone who made a donation, helped spread the word, or volunteered in our programs putting those dollars to work, I thank you. I thank you on behalf of the thousands of guests, particularly the 900 children who have come to know that their community will be here to keep their bodies nourished and nurtured.
I am personally excited at the potential we hold to ensure every one of our neighbors never has to worry about going hungry. And I hope – I know – you are too. I look forward to sharing our ongoing progress with you and invite you to get involved – volunteer in our programs; take a tour of our groundbreaking market; join us at Fill ‘Em Up Fest September 8, and at our Annual Breakfast in October; and become a sustaining donor. You’d be amazed at what we can accomplish with just $25 a month.
Here’s to a Path to Food Security!
ONT Launches Regional Assessment to Understand Barriers to Food
Volunteer Spotlight - Mike Pollard
Over 540 Children Served This Summer
Twice a week, Mike Pollard drives the ONT box truck down to Boston and brings it back to the Jardis-Taylor Center full of pallets of fresh produce, dairy, meat, and non-perishable items. Read more about Mike in this month's Volunteer Spotlight!
ONT is looking for more volunteers to drive the box truck for food pick-ups locally. Training is provided. Contact Alice or fill out a Volunteer Application today if you're interested in driving the truck like Mike!
P.S. ONT loved showing appreciation to our volunteers at the 2018 Volunteer BBQ. Check out the pictures if you missed it!
Fill 'Em Up Fest: September 8
ONT's annual food truck festival is fun for all! Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under free!
Annual Breakfast: October 23
ONT's Annual Breakfast returns to Blue Ocean Event Center on October 23. We look forward to sharing and celebrating our progress with you.
ONT Open Houses Announced!
Ever wondered what the market looks like? Have a friend curious about what you do at ONT? RSVP to one of our Fall Open Houses to get a tour and glimpse of a day-in-the-life here at Our Neighbors' Table.
Check out the entire 2018 Calendar of Events!
Aaron Merrow is our new Market Manager. Stop in to say hi next time you're at the Jardis-Taylor Center!
Insights from Local Philanthropist
ONT is proud to be a 2017 recipient of the Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 grant program. Cummings Foundation co-founder Bill Cummings has written a book about his life and philanthropy, Starting Small and Making it Big, with proceeds to benefit the Cummings Foundation's work.
ONT's Summer Lunch Program continues to be a lifeline for families while the kids are home from school. Now in its 8th year, the Summer Lunch Program offers families specific foods for breakfast, lunch and snacks that are both kid-friendly and wholesome. 541 kids have been able to eat oatmeal and bananas for breakfast before camp or enjoy a snack of carrots and hummus after a morning of playing outside. As one parent told ONT, "Summer is hard financially because the kids are home and eat twice as much. God bless and thank you."
Kids Fill 'Em Up!
A huge THANK YOU to all of the kids who collected donations for ONT with a Fill 'Em Up Bag this summer! Over $3,750 was raised through 99 bags - helping to provide over 4,000 meals for children and their families this summer!
Men Fighting Hunger
Fun was had by all at our inaugural Grill Master's Challenge & Brew Party! Check out the event pictures and make sure you don't miss out on next year's event!
Join ONT's Run Out Hunger Team!
Never run a half marathon before? No problem - we have you covered! Studio Five in Rowley is offering coaching to support your training to get you across the finish line.