It’s not just me, you’re inspiring others to join in the fight to put food on the table for all of our neighbors. Last year, more than 800 of our neighbors signed up to volunteer or made a donation for the first time. That’s 800 more people who are now aware of food insecurity in our community and 800 more people who, like you, are ready to make a difference. Knowing that so many of our fellow community members agree that NO ONE should go hungry in our backyard is what tells me that creating a food secure region is a goal within our reach
No one of us can eliminate hunger on our own, but, boy, we are powerful together.
Last year, we launched new programs and partnerships across the region - from bussing for seniors in Groveland to shop for groceries at our Amesbury market, to creative strategies to help Newburyport teachers, nurses and school administrators better reach their struggling families, to our new Market in Newburyport. As a result, we put food on the table for more than 4,000 of the 6,000 neighbors who were worrying about where they’d get their next meal.
I hope you’re as fired us as I am for the year ahead. And, if you are, I want to hear you! Keep me going, keep our team going, and share with me what is energizing you. Please, will you take a minute and share your inspiration with us? Tell us why you invest in ONT. Tell us what it means to put food on the table for your neighbors. Tell us what will keep you fired up!
Let’s make 2019 an even stronger year and reach 5,000 neighbors!
P.S. Checkout our complete list of 2019 events and mark your calendars!
Group Opportunities to Sponsor and Serve
Wednesday Meal Sponsorship:
Each week, ONT welcomes 150 guests to dine at our weekly Wednesday Meal. The chef prepared 3 course meal is open to any one in any community. Sponsors commit to a $500 financial contribution and bring a group of 8 volunteers to serve the meal. Dates are available on a first-come first-serve basis and are booking up fast!
Over 450 households shop for their groceries each week at the ONT Market. Sponsors commit a minimum of $800 and may send a team of up to 5 volunteers to work a shift in the market, assisting guests with their weekly shopping. Market shifts are available Wednesday—Saturday.
Email Lyndsey or call her at 978-388-1907 x11 if you’re interested in either opportunity. Our Meal sponsor dates are booking up fast already!
ONT to Host National Service Member
Volunteer Spotlight -
Service Enterprise Initiative
We're thrilled to announce that ONT has been chosen to participate in the Massachusetts Service Allliance's Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI) certification! This nationally validated training and certification model will help ONT to strategically strengthen our capacity to utilize volunteers and their skills to advance our mission. The SEI includes comprehensive research-based assessment, training, consulting and certification. Please excuse a few absences from ONT staff as part of the training process. We believe every staff member needs to be involved to make sure we have an exemplary volunteer program at all levels of the organization. We are excited to have the opportunity to better our volunteer practices and look forward to reporting on our progress this spring.
We finished another year of record-breaking numbers at ONT! We served more people than ever before. Here's a quick snapshot:
684 NEW Households
120,000 pounds of fresh fruits & veggies
Stay tuned for our Annual Report coming out this spring with more details about our 2018 impact.