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Great Chefs of Amelia Island Culinary Competition to 
Benefit Barnabas

Team Fernandina (left to right) Scotty Schwartz, 29 South; Chad Livingston, Burlingame Restaurant; Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert's Underground Kitchen
Which group of chefs, Team Fernandina or Team Beaches, will be named Great Chefs of Amelia Island?
It's up to you! On Thursday, September 8, from 6 to 9 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will host Great Chefs of Amelia Island, a first-time culinary competition, featuring some of the best restaurants of Amelia Island. Diners will be treated to a delicious three-course meal created by each team and will then judge each course, picking one favorite dish from the two served. The team with the most points will be named Great Chefs of Amelia Island. Desserts will be specially prepared by the talented chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. 

Team Beaches (left to right) Daniel Iammarino, BarZin Bistro & Wine Bar; Niko Anagnostou, Coast at The Ritz-Carlton; Daven Wardynski, Omni Amelia Island Resort

In addition, attendees will have the chance to bid in a silent auction on beautiful artisan bowls made by local artists. Proceeds from the entertaining and exciting dining experience and auction will benefit Barnabas. We thank Jacksonville Magazine for organizing the event. A limited number of tickets at $110 per person are available on on a first come, first serve basis. Don't delay, purchase your tickets today!


Cooking Matters Students Learn to Prepare Healthy, Tasty Meals
To find Barnabas Chef Robert Peck's free Cooking Matters class, simply follow the delightful smell of fresh garlic being sautéed in olive oil into Southside Elementary school's cafeteria as he engages attendees with lively discussions and hands-on preparation of healthy, delicious meals on a limited budget. For six weeks, Cooking Matters students gain cooking-based nutrition education that's packed with learning kitchen skills, trying new recipes, using ingredient substitutions, learning the nutritional value of foods, reading labels and much more. The small class size, typically 10-15 attendees, ensures everyone is able to participate. And, at the end of each class, students take home a bag of ingredients to practice making the featured meal.
"We now have nearly 60 Cooking Matters graduates from past years who have learned valuable cooking and nutrition skills that help them make low-cost, tasty meals," said Robert. "They're invited back to class as guest instructors, which is a great way to show current students the long-term benefits of participating in the program."
In this summer's class of 10, the students echoed the main reason they were there: cook healthier. Joyce, Josie and Lynn said they were learning healthier alternatives to their usual ingredients, including eating more whole grains and making flavored seltzer water with fruits and even basil! Andy was especially appreciative of learning knife and preparation skills to help him gain employment in a local restaurant. Lisa Beth added that she enjoys the interaction among the students and sharing ideas. Overall, everyone agreed they look forward to their weekly commitment and were experiencing "a lot of new tastes"!
Barnabas is thankful for the nutrition educators and volunteers in our community who give their time and expertise to make Cooking Matters a success. This summer, Denise Cox, from the University of Florida Extension Program, is happy to be partnering with Robert to deliver accessible and affordable cooking information and ingredients that help people eat healthier. Cooking Matters is designed to support the Barnabas Health Services' efforts in chronic disease management for those patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and related health issues. The goal of the program is to make sure adults and children have the knowledge, skills and resources to prepare healthy meals for a lifetime. To register for the next six-week class starting in the fall, call (904) 261-7000 ext. 121.

Save the Date: Empty Bowls Fundraiser, November 14

Did you know more than 3,000 children and 10,000 adults in Nassau County experience hunger or food insecurity, meaning they often do not know where their next meal is coming from? That is why the need to keep our programs funded is critically important. To help meet this need and the needs of our other programs, the third annual Barnabas Empty Bowls fundraiser returns to Atlantic Recreation Center on November 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. What is Empty Bowls? An empty bowl is the symbol of hunger. In support of our neighbors coping with poverty and hunger, Barnabas is hosting a simple meal of soup, bread, and dessert contributed by local businesses. Seat reservations are $30 and attendees get a free handcrafted bowl to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls remaining in our community and in the world. The Empty Bowls Luncheon is a great place to begin solving hunger, locally, one bowl at a time. For more information, please contact  Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107 or .

Empty Bowls Fundraiser Bowl Painters Needed

Contribute your creativity at our upcoming Bowl Painting Parties where you'll learn how to paint these symbolic bowls used during the Barnabas Empty Bowls fundraiser in November. Adults and supervised children are welcome to paint bowls for free. Bowl Painting Parties will be held July 18, August 15, September 19 and October 17 at 4:00 pm at Barnabas, 1303 Jasmine Street, Fernandina Beach. Please RSVP by the Friday before the party date to Audrey McLain, Development Assistant, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 106, or

Your Support Keeps New to You Stocked with 
Ever-Changing Inventory

Thanks to your ongoing donations, New to You is participating yet again in the popular Consignment Crawl & Resale Tour on Saturday, July 16, featuring 10 local resale shops. We'll have special sales, refreshments and drawings throughout the day. And we invite you to stop by our "New with Tags" rack, featuring clothing and gifts with original retail tags ... but priced at a fraction of the original price! When you pick up a punch card from any of the shops on the day of the event and have it punched at all 10 shops, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card. Thanks again for your generous support. Please remember we offer pick-up service for your larger donations on Wednesdays and Fridays. Call New to You at 321-2334 to schedule a pick-up.  

We Invite You to Discuss How a Planned Gift
 Will Benefit Barnabas

Did you know we're here to help you protect your estate and support the causes you care about? Making a bequest to Barnabas is a simple way to support programs and services that are consistent with your ideals and beliefs. And you may also gain a tax benefit from your planned gift. We would be pleased to help you name Barnabas as a beneficiary of your will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy or financial accounts. For more information about making a planned gift that would benefit the critical work of Barnabas in Nassau County, please contact Tania Yount, Chief Development Officer, at (904) 261-7000 ext. 107.

Help & Hope Report July 2015 - June 2016

*New To You resale store aided 194 households in need of clothing and home goods
* Barnabas helped stabilize 391 households with rent, mortgage and utility  
   payments and provided 25 bikes through the Bikes for Barnabas program
* Barnabas provided 263,456 pounds of food to 2,043 households
* Barnabas helped 9 households with planting & harvesting in our  community garden
* Barnabas instructed 48 households with cooking & nutrition classes through our Cooking    Matters program
* Barnabas Health Services treated 1,243 patients with medical, dental and mental health services
* Barnabas provided case management and housing assistance to 32 veterans through the SSVF  Grant  

Upcoming Events
July 16th                                      Consignment Crawl

July 18th                                      Empty Bowls Paint Party
4:00pm                                        Barnabas Food Pantry
July 26th                                      Onsite Blood Drive
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.                 Barnabas parking lot

July 26th                                      Volunteer Orientation
1:00 p.m.                                     Barnabas Conference Room

September 8th                           Great Chefs of Amelia Island
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.                 Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

November 14                              Empty Bowls Luncheon
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.              Atlantic Rec Center

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