Here at ONT, Summer 2019 marks the half-way point for 2020 Strategic Plan: A Path to Food Security, which charts our course to raise awareness of food insecurity in our region, build ONT’s partnerships and capacity to address need, and, most importantly, to ensure that the communities of Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and Merrimac can become food-secure. These are ambitious goals and it sometimes feels daunting to think we could achieve them in just 18 more months. However, now seems like the perfect time to recap how far we’ve come in the last year-and-a-half to motivate us to the finish line.
Creating a Food-Secure Region is a marathon, not a sprint. Some miles will be tough, while others are a smooth, flat coast (our Run Out Hunger team members will agree down-hill can be just as hard as up). But, through partnerships and solidarity with our neighbors, we are getting closer and closer to our goal.
Fill 'Em Up Fest returns for 3rd year!
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free!
Can we fill 'em up? You can help feed 30 neighbors for a whole year! Your ticket purchase supports the 1 in 16 people living in our region who don't know where their next meal is coming from, including 1 in 5 seniors and 1 in 8 children. Every dollar donated provides 1 meal to a neighbor.
Last year's favorites Empanada Dada, Phoenix Rising, Clyde's Cupcakes and Chick & Dogs are joined by Big Rig BBQ , Metzy's and Sacred Cod. Hope to see you on September 7!
Volunteer Spotlight - Lisa Flynn
“It feeds the soul,” Lisa will tell you, “The people- volunteers, guests, staff—good people doing good things.” Very quickly, Lisa was volunteering every week at the Wednesday Meal (she’s the “Salad and Soup Lady”) and in the ONT office as receptionist. Read more about Lisa in the month's Volunteer Spotlight.
News & Events
Run Out Hunger
Sunday, October 20
Join ONT's Run Out Hunger team and get a VIP race experience at the Newburyport Half Marathon while helping to feed our neighbors with each mile you run! Perfect for experienced runners or those looking to challenge themselves to help the community. New this year - team option is available!
Tuesday, October 22
Mark your calendars for October 22 to join us at Blue Ocean Event Center as we share and celebrate the progress our community has made possible. We will also honor our 2019 community champions . Please join us for an impactful morning! Tickets will be sold individually or in tables of 8. Sponsorship opportunities also available.
Melanie Bouchard joined ONT this week for a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Melanie is serving as Community Engagement Coordinator and will be helping with volunteers and community outreach. Say hello next time you're in the office!