Thankful for Nord grant to help diners

To the editor:

At the height of produce season, the Oberlin Weekday Community Meals program has received a wonderful and timely gift.

Thanks to a grant from the Nord Family Foundation, the food program has been able to replace small, aged, and unreliable refrigerators and freezers with quality, industrial units. The new equipment greatly enhances energy efficiency and more than doubles the food storage capacity for the program. This boon comes at a time when the number of OWCM diners is up and the program’s board of directors and cook focus on providing fresh produce with the nutritious evening meals. The new units allow OWCM to take advantage of sales on quality food items and to process and serve food donations. They also enhance the program’s ability to partner with Oberlin Community Services and Second Harvest Food Bank to make the best use of food sources.

That the OCWM program has been up and running for over 30 years is a testament to the tremendous support it has received from area individuals and organizations such as the Nord Family Foundation. Along with the community’s financial support, volunteers help keep the program running and the dedicated few who have taken on the task of defrosting old refrigerators and freezers can now make better use of their time.

On behalf of all involved with the Oberlin Weekday Community Meals program, the OWCM board extends tremendous thanks to the Nord Family Foundation for making such significant equipment upgrades possible.

Nicki Memmott

For the OWCM Board of Directors