We're sure you have heard our executive director Tom Rau say, "Hunger and basic needs don't take a summer off." He's right! The Neighbors' Place has been busy this summer offering over 900 families with food each week, growing fresh produce in 2 eparate gardens, and helping people stay cool during the hot days of summer by providing fans and other basic needs.
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It is with mixed emotions that The Neighbors' Place announces the retirement of Fernando G. Soto. We are happy to know that he will have more time to spend with his family, but we are sad to see a wonderful co-worker and good friend leave our staff. Fernando served as our Food Bank and Food Pantry Director for almost 8 years. He accomplished much and leaves The Neighbors' Place better for his efforts. We thank him for the time he spent with us and we wish him and Shar all the best. May your travels be safe and great fun; and may that hole in one be down the next fairway!
Saturday, April 8 was a busy day for our staff & volunteers. Not only were we processing the Boy Scout food drive back at TNP HQ, but we were serving smiles - and hotdogs and popcorn and cookies - to hundreds of individuals at Marathon Park. Organized annually by the Parks Department, Children's Fest is a free event that provides social service resource information to area families via interactive, fun activities. Invited as a partner organization, The Neighbors' Place hosts the Kids Cafe. Featuring inexpensive lunch food and snack items - nothing more expensive than a dollar - the TNP cafe provides a nice public outreach opportunity while also functioning as a modest fundraiser. "Super volunteer" group D.C. Everest FBLA supported staff in the kitchen & out front - the third time they've done so. Some of these students will be leaving for college in the fall; we'll miss working with them. Important information was shared and fun was had. TNP looks forward to participating again next year!
We tried something different with our golf-outing fundraiser this year - a "Par-Tee for Our Neighbors: Goofy Golf for a Cause." Held at Trapp River Golf Course on Friday afternoon, May 19, the 9-hole scramble featured - in addition to a variety of "goofy" golf events at the holes - prize raffles, craft beer on the course, and an appetizer buffet in the clubhouse afterward. For a first year, the feedback has been very positive. People had fun while helping to support The Neighbors' Place, which was the goal. Thanks to Trapp River, Great Dane Brewing Co., Polito's Pizza, Thrive, Urban Street Bistro, 2510, all the raffle item donors, the volunteers, and - most importantly - the golfers for making the event possible. We are excited about the possibilities for next year.
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The 2017 Boy Scout Food Drive was once again a great success. Through the dedicated work of the Scouts and their Leaders over 5,200 pounds of food was collected for The Neighbors' Place Food Pantry.
"Stamp Out Hunger 2017" added over 16,680 pounds of food to The Neighbors' Place Food Bank thanks to the efforts of our local Letter Carriers.
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