Mid-Ohio Foodbank provides students with healthful groceries to take home over the weekend. Through its backpack program, the food bank distributes food to 31 sites in both Franklin and Marion Counties, and plans to distribute backpacks filled with nutritious food twice a month at each location throughout the school year. Each backpack contains fresh fruit, macaroni, crackers or bread, cereal, shelf-stable milk, tuna or peanut butter, and one or two other snacks.
Environmental Reclaim (ER) is focused on becoming one of the leading full-service recycling companies in the nation. We are committed to developing and utilizing the recycling technologies of tomorrow, for a cleaner, healthier environment today.
Community Shelter Board (CSB) combats homelessness in Franklin County by working to identify and help solve the root problems that serve as barriers to securing stable housing. More than 8,000 adults and children facing homelessness each year seek assistance from the organization's emergency shelters, housing services, and supportive housing, and the organization doesn't turn away those requesting boarding. In addition to providing emergency shelter for adults and children in need, the organization provides free access to advocates, case managers, utilities, and supplies.
HFF places family groups in separate apartment units to minimize the stress of acquiring permanent housing for young children. Last year, 139 children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years and their families moved into HFF housing, and few arrive with their own furniture. HFF aims to distribute pack n' play cribs to families in its transitional housing program to provide a safe environment for young children to sleep and play.
As the oldest historic tour on the national register, the German Village Society's Annual Haus und Garten Tour sends feet pattering across 233 acres of historic landmarks, enchanting gardens, and award-winning restorations. A year ago, the daylong celebration drew a total of more than 6,000 visitors, and this year, an even larger crowd is expected to be on hand to ogle and coax autographs from the 13 homes and gardens scheduled for display.
Tour-takers can meander along the route at their own pace, stopping to explore the shops and eateries in the marketplatz or to peek into classic abodes, which homeowners have transformed into chic, opulent spaces ideal for modern living or showcasing the latest trends in wool socks for coffee tables. In addition to the lineup of architectural stars, the tour will also be stocked with various live performances, including a rendition of The Scarlet Pimpernel in Schiller Park at 2 p.m.
Through its Food Folks program—a comprehensive nutrition education series—Children's Hunger Alliance teaches children from low-income families about the importance of a nutritional breakfast, better fast-food options, and understanding nutrition labels. Kids get to enjoy healthy snacks in each lesson, and learn to cook their own healthy food. The series also includes a Family Night, where students get to flex their new skills by preparing a healthy meal for their families. On average, more than 85% of participants demonstrate improvement in their nutritional knowledge during the 12-week series, according to surveys taken before and after the program is completed.