Just a few updates to you from NACE.
Welcome: Colleen Young has joined NACE as our part-time Distribution and Volunteer Coordinator. Colleen’s focus is working with volunteers and the intake/distribution program on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Expect to hear from her via email in the future as well as see her around NACE and at events. Colleen initially joined NACE as a volunteer with the Ham Lake Lions and is a resident of Ham Lake. Please join us in welcoming her to the NACE team.
Open Your Heart Grant Challenge: NACE and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Fourth Annual $150,000 Food Shelf Challenge Grant. Open Your Heart will match donations to NACE during the month of July, up to $5,000. The more funds we raise in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart will be. Minnesota food shelves raised over $1,000,000 last year with this grant and hope to outpace that this year.
Community Garden: Do you have a green thumb? Do you have some volunteers with green thumbs? The garden is up and the lettuce has been harvested once. Now we are in need of volunteers willing to help with weeding, watering and harvesting through the summer months. It can be on a regular basis or whenever you remember to stop by and check. Produce can be brought to NACE for distribution but as it is a community garden, volunteers are welcome to take some home as well. Please contact Shana or Colleen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to help.
Holiday Baskets: Yes, we are already planning for the holidays! NACE will be doing holiday baskets a bit different this year by having clients register for Christmas in July (and August). This will give us a fairly accurate count of how many baskets we will need. The plan is to hand out baskets the Friday before Thanksgiving this year. If you have questions or would like to help out, let us know.
Summer Bags: NACE provides extra bags of kid-friendly food to families during the summer months. If you know of someone struggling with hunger this summer, please let them know NACE can help replenish some of the meals missing due to the absence of school breakfasts and lunches.