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Churches Active in Northside
September 22, 2013

Working with the local Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati, our choice pantry provides over 500 lb of fresh produce PER WEEK to our clients. I know this because I am one of 3 volunteers who go each Monday
to load our cars with the produce. Since Northside is a so-called "food desert" (no grocery in the neighborhood), this effort is especially important. But the real joy is in helping our clients in selecting produce, comparing recipes, and talking with one another.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If we had a kitchen, we could do more than just talk about food preparation. We could show our clients as well. My experience is that the use of "convenience foods" is killing the skill/art of cooking. A generation is here that doesn't really know "how to cook", but only how to "heat & eat".

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Churches Active in Northside
August 21, 2013

I have been at CAIN about 9 years. It is a Choice Pantry in a virtual food desert. (Last grocery store closed last week). I typically am there on Monday nights. Using 3 cars, we go to our local Food Bank each Monday afternoon and load up about 500 lb. of fresh produce (yes, that is one ton per month!). We also serve a hot meal/casserole that evening. There is something about produce/meals that seems to promote good feelings among the volunteers and guests. There is pleasant conversation and laughter I wouldn't expect in a food pantry. But there it is. I go home on Monday night tired (I'm 81),but with a real feeling of joy.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish we had a kitchen where we could show our guests how to prepare nutritious meals. There are many who do not know what to do with egg plant or acorn squash, for example.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Churches Active in Northside
October 18, 2012

A young woman with two pre-schoolers and working two jobs was at our food pantry recently. She seemed unusually tired. I sat down to talk with her a minute. She said she had low iron and couldn't afford iron tablets. Nown while iron tablets aren't very expensive (maybe $8/100), it just wasn't in her budget. One of our staff arranged for her to get some from our pharmacy contact. I saw her again about two months later. She said she had more energy for work and for caring for her children. I guess that went beyond the usual mission oof a food pantry, but it is the kind of thing we do at CAIN.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Churches Active in Northside
January 11, 2010

I have been volunteering at C.A.I.N. for over 3 years now. It is a "choice pantry" doing an invaluable service to the community. The clients are treated with dignity and there seems to be a mutual feeling of friendliness among the clients and volunteers. On Monday nights I take a hot dish (soup, casserole) for our guests (especially welcome in the winter). That seems to add a sense of belonging and sharing for everyone.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The happiness of a young mother finding a birthday cake for her little girl among the baked goods at our pantry.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting and talking with so many different people. Gaining a new perspective on the meaning of joy and sharing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the facility, add cooking classes/nutritional training for its clients. Many clients do not know what to do with fresh vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash,eggplant, etc. Mostly they opt for canned corn and white bread (sliced).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Help with shopping, stocking shelves, talking with our clients.