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Northshore Food Bank Shares Impacts from 2020 Pandemic

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Last week, Northshore Food Bank shared some of the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic had on the organization and the community. The Food Bank also opened a new, expanded Resale Shop last year, a place to sell donated housewares, clothing and other items with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank. A survey aimed to gather feedback from the public on the new Resale Shop can be found here. The survey can be taken even if you have not visited the shop yet!

From Northshore Food Bank:

2020 was an unprecedented year in so many ways. This week we will share some of the numbers that demonstrate not only the increased need for food on the Northshore, but also how our community has supported us to ensure families in need are fed.

  • At the beginning of the pandemic, we recognized the need for additional food for kids when the schools closed early. Emergency kid packs were distributed from March until school started again in the fall, and again over the winter holiday break.
  • Through our Community Cupboard we have expanded our reach, providing food assistance to households that cannot come to us.
  • For the first time ever, we distributed enough food to provide over 1 Million Meals in one year.
  • By the end of September, we had already reached the one million pounds benchmark; this is a volume we might typically reach by the end of the year or fall just under it.

Did you know that by shopping and donating to our Resale Shop that you help feed families on the Northshore? All net proceeds directly go to operating the food bank.

We would love your thoughts on our Resale Shop. Your input could help feed even more families on the Northshore. Take our brief survey: http://bit.ly/3b8PqT7

Learn more at northshorefoodbank.org

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Helping Hands St. Tammany – Bringing the Community Together

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helpinghandsFounded on Facebook at the beginning of 2015, Helping Hands flourished throughout St. Tammany, growing in support and reputation. Helping Hands empowers the community to take control of bettering itself with a positive message that includes acceptance to all. Helping Hands works to identify and educate on situational causation of issues within the community to better understand and empathize with individuals and families facing hardship.

Helping Hands is working to organize the community: within 6 months they have gained a following near 8000, helping over 1000 people. This needed help came from the community itself, and it is the mission of Helping Hands to bring peace to this world starting here in St. Tammany.

Everyone helping others would bring a new meaning to the word community, and this goal makes Helping Hands the epitome of “Community Effort”. Visit their Community Hub: helpinghandsthemovement.org

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Get Fired Up For The St. Tammany Art Association Raffle

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Get Fired Up STAA Raffle for new Kiln

Raffle tickets are $5 apiece to win one of the pottery items shown to the left.  (l-r, Bernard Mattox, Dennis Sipiorski, Steve Hasslock.)  All proceeds raised through the raffle, sales, silent auction and cash donations will go directly to the purchase of a new kiln.  The kiln is one of the most important pieces of equipment at STAA and is necessary to provide educational opportunities for both children and adults. Raffle tickets will be sold at this Friday’s Block Party & the May Art Market. You can purchase tickets and make cash donations by phone or in person at the Arthouse. Call 985-892-8650, or visit www.sttammanyartassociation.org.