May 2019
Vol. 4 No. 5
"He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor." Proverbs 22:9

Postal Food Drive
The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for Postal Carriers was a huge success!!

This year, NHN received more than 4,000 pounds of food through this event. This more than doubled the amount we received last year! We appreciate the efforts of the postal workers and customers who contributed. This is a great example of everyone in the community coming together to address food insecurity!
Thank You!
NHN receives the Easley Trust Grant

Once again, NHN has been truly blessed by being awarded the Easley Trust Grant in the amount of $24,500 for the purchase of the walk in freezer. The new freezer will provide more storage for frozen products, feeding more people. NHN is so grateful for the many foundations in this area which give back to their community. It's all about serving others!
Hearts for serving others!
Thanks to Amherst County Girl Scout Troop #1069 for sorting through 1,000 pounds of donated cans. It's encouraging to see our youth motivated to make a difference!
Amherst Rotary Club Donates to NHN
President Garry Friend accepted a $1,000 donation from the Amherst Rotary Club . It is such an encouragement to see area organizations stepping up to address the needs of those in our community.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors appreciates our community for the many ways they support our mission.

  • Thank you to Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in the town of Amherst for the donation of 400 lbs. of food items. With the help of the Knights of Columbus, they organized a Food Drive during Lenten Service. We are so grateful for your hard work!
  • A shout out to Waterstone Pizza for the delicious pizzas enjoyed by guests at MHBC Food Kitchen Wednesday, May 15.
  • The Ascension Food Kitchen appreciates the delicious ribs from Fairmont Crossing served to our guests on Thursday, May 16, as well as the donation of French Toast to be enjoyed by guests in the coming months.
Volunteer Development
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, NHN participated in the Bridges Out of Poverty workshop led by Denny Huff, Director of Bedford Health Community Foundation. This is a program seeking to unite employers, community organizations, churches, law enforcement, counselors, health care & social service providers, and the general public in building an accurate mental model of poverty to effectively address the issues associated with those in poverty.

Topics included:
  • Increasing awareness of the differences in economic cultures.
  • How these differences affect opportunities for success.
  • The hidden rules among classes.
  • The role of language and story.
  • Building an accurate mental model of poverty.

If you were unable to attend the workshop, another opportunity is being planned for the fall.
Volunteer Opportunities
Food Kitchens & Warehouse sign up - Do you have 1 morning a month that you would like to volunteer somewhere?
NHN has spots available in our Madison Heights and Amherst Food Kitchens.
If you have a Wednesday or Thursday open just once a month, we can use your help. Kitchen volunteers work from 9:00 -1:00 and servers from 10:00 - 1:00.
We serve a hot meal each Wednesday at MHBC Food Kitchen & a hot meal each Thursday at Ascension Episcopal Church in Amherst.
Visit our site at where you can learn about these opportunities & complete a volunteer application. Feel free to message us on our Facebook page if you have any questions.
Let's work together to help our community and neighbors!
  • Food Pantry Guest Pick up
  • Bake desserts for Food Kitchens
  • Can Drive Follow up - sorting and shelving cans
  • Food Pantry Cart Runners (should be at least 16 or accompanied by an adult if under 16).
  • Cleaning & stocking post-distribution day. Could be scheduled on Saturday or on the following Monday.
  • Collect plastic recycle bags for Food Pantry
  • Collect food cans for Food Pantry
Click on the link to our website to sign up!
Volunteer Spotlight

We would like to recognize volunteer, Paula Stinnette for our May volunteer spotlight. A lifetime Amherst County resident and an obvious fan of Paula Deen, Paula delights the guests of Ascension Food Kitchen every third Thursday with her delectable homemade desserts. When she is not busy baking, she is the primary caregiver for her elderly mother. We salute you, Paula!