Hey sports fan! come join the fun for a good cause! Teams are made up of 6 people however, individuals can sign up to be placed on a team if they don't have one. Visit our site at NHFP.cbo.io to register to play volleyball in the upcoming Volley To H.O.P.E. (Help Other People Eat). We are excited that people and businesses want to support New Hope Food Pantry while having fun! If you would like to register your company for team building fun, click here.
When: Saturday, July 30th 10 AM - 2 PM
Where: New Hope Food Pantry / New Hope Presbyterian Church - 13310 Black Bob Rd Olathe, KS 66062
Only one month left until the big day! Are you looking to help? Here's ways you can help!
God bless you, the reader of this blog.
Caylon Umphrey, Executive Director
New Hope Food Pantry
After looking at the numbers, our need is up and our donations are down! Oh no! Worst case scenario is the trifecta that our money doesn't go as far as it used to either with the inflation & the supply/demand issue in the supply chain! Here's how our numbers this year compare to the same time period last year.
2022 2021 +/-
Families 3290 2850 +440
Kids 4536 3576 +960
Adults 7005 5939 +1066
Seniors 1105 1021 +84
Total people 12,630 10,536 +2094
New Clients 393 248 +145
Food In #'s 144,592 195,052 - 50,460
Financial $ (-$8500) $5500 -$14,000
If you would like to help, text NHFP to 56651 to give a one-time or a monthly donation. God bless you!
The J. M. Smucker Co. Issues Voluntary Recall of Select Jif® Products Sold in the U.S. for Potential Salmonella Contamination
Last Thursday, we were pleased to host the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Coffee networking event in Fellowship Hall. It was a great opportunity to share the work that our 100+ volunteers and neighborhood partners are doing to serve the food insecure in Johnson, Wyandotte, and Miami counties. Thanks to Kathy Stamm, Julie Joeckel, Linda Tiller, Linda Hauck, Tom Gorby, Rick Chambers, Todd Patterson, Jim Linker, and Michele Ross for supporting the event with over 60 local business leaders. We also had the opportunity to share information about our upcoming Volley to H.O.P.E. fundraiser. A special shout out to Mickey the Cotton Candy Man (Mickey Levey) who is donating equipment and ingredients for our event and the Evergreen Community of Johnson County Nursing home (in Olathe) who donated a “Doggone Good” Gift Basket for the Volley to H.O.P.E. Silent Auction.
Spring is just around the corner, and with it the hope for warmer days. Soon we will be opening our windows to let the fresh air in. This year, why not also open up your pantry and closets and donate unwanted food to those in need.
In 2021, 1 in 10 Johnson county residents were unsure where their next meal was coming from. The New Hope Food Pantry in Olathe, Kansas, is an emergency food pantry, providing groceries for curbside pickup. This spring, we ask you to join us to H.O.P.E. (Help Other People Eat) by:
In 2021, our average month served 46 new families. These are families that have never been to New Hope Food Pantry since inception in April 2011. Our busiest month in 2021 for new families was October, with 60 new families registering. Our slowest month for new families was April in which only 33 new families registered all month long.
2022 is starting out with a BANG! In January, we registered 61 new families. NHFP is also 3 times more likely to be busier in January than we were in December, and this year was no exception. February is even a shorter month, however as of yesterday, we've already signed up 47 new families and we still have 5 business days left in this month!
Just as a reminder, our food donations go down in the winter after the holidays are over and our number of families in need goes up. We are very short on fresh produce, dairy products & pasta sauce. Thank you for the community support!!
The Annual Fundraiser is coming back this year after being off the last 2 years due to COVID19. With the long break in between, we have lost many volunteers and are needing help on our Fundraising Committee. If you, or someone you know might be interested in serving the Lord by bringing your talents to the table to volunteer for a short term project, then WE NEED YOU!
We need a variety of roles filled, so whatever your gifts, we will try to find a place for you to help! Please contact Caylon Umphrey, the Executive Director immediately at 913-782-0955. Last year our cost per person was $2.12, which means a $10 donation will feed a family of 4 for days. If you think you can help, you probably can! We look forward to bringing you into the large family of volunteers at New Hope Food Pantry!
Huge thank you to Chick Fil-A in Olathe who is the newest restaurant to donate food to our cause of feeding those in need in our area! New Hope Food Pantry will be sending a truck twice a week (Monday & Thursday mornings) to pick up food donated this incredible store to help others! Mmmmmmm! There is a reason the line wraps around the building! They have delicious sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Chick Fil-A has amazingly delicious chicken, in case we haven't made ourselves clear!
Show your appreciation to Chick Fil-A by stopping by and purchasing a sandwich, as they truly are trying to "build a business, shape a culture and invest in a better future". Chick Fil-A, Olathe is located in Olathe Point shopping center at 12087 S Black Bob Rd, Olathe, KS 66062.
It's surprising to some that January is three times more likely to busier than it is in December! 2022 is on track to be no exception. We are nearing December totals and we aren't even done with the month yet! It may also be surprising to some to learn that our donations have drastically dropped off also! The supply chain issues are making winter donations from grocery stores go down as people have less choice to pick from already which doesn't leave much surplus for us to glean from, plus we don't have all the gardens donating like we do in the summer either.
Our fresh produce donations are down to very little. One afternoon recently, the only produce we had to hand out were limes however, it was a very busy afternoon that day! Twice a month, we can go pick up whatever produce might be available at a Mobile Shopping Floor, but there is never a guarantee how much will be there. Our meat donations have been down too. We have had a few calls from people wondering if a bag was left because they didn't have but 1 piece of meat. We explain that we are an emergency food pantry which means we give out what we have at the time in order to help people get through a short crunch without food.
This year, New Hope Food Pantry partnered with Centerwell Senior Primary Care to host a Senior Mobile Thanksgiving Basket giveaway on Tuesday, 11/23/2021. Thank you to all the Vendors who brought food to donate to Seniors for a free meal that the seniors can take home to cook. The meal included a turkey, mashed potatos, corn, green beans, peas, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, and a $10 gift certificate to a local grocery store.
Participating vendors were New Hope Food Pantry, Centerwell Senior Primary Care, Kindred Home Health, Eric Anderson, Visiting Angels, Peavler & Associates, Z3 Technologies, Evergreen, Life Care Center in Osawatomie, and Advocates for Seniors. Thank you to ALL who helped out!
Ivar's Soup and Sauce Company Recalls Kettle Classic Clam Chowder with Uncured Bacon Because the Product may Contain Hard Plastic Pieces
Ivar’s Soup and Sauce Company, Mukilteo, Washington is recalling 14,968 sleeves of refrigerated Kettle Classic Clam Chowder With Uncured Bacon, Costco Item #1270666, packaged in 2-24oz Sleeved Packs, because of the possibility that the product may contain hard, sharp opaque plastic pieces.
The Ivar’s Kettle Classic Clam Chowder With Uncured Bacon, Costco Item #1270666, was distributed to Costco stores exclusively for retail purchase by consumers in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The Ivar’s Kettle Classic Clam Chowder soup is packaged in 24 oz clear plastic cups, in a double pack surrounded by a printed paperboard sleeve and has a UPC 0 30383 19649 6. The ready-to-eat soups have a Use By Date of 12-22-2021 printed on the bottom of the sleeve, and on the edge of the individual cup lids. See photo of product below.
No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date.
The problem was discovered on 10-17-21 when a consumer found a piece of plastic in the container they purchased and notified Ivar’s. No injuries were reported. The piece of plastic found by the consumer is in the shape of a half circle with some of the center missing, with edges that are sharp and pointed. The diameter of the circle is approximately 1 ½”. It is possible that the remainder of the circular plastic is a similarly intact piece or numerous smaller pieces.
This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The product should be removed from store shelves if present. Product remaining in the refrigerators of consumers containing the Use By Date of 12-22-2021 should be thrown away or returned to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers are urged not to eat the product.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-425-493-1402, Monday-Friday, 8am-5 pm pacific time zone.
New Hope Food Pantry has long since been a member of the Olathe Chamber. We've hosted Thursday Morning Coffees over the years as well as attended many of the weekly coffees at the multitude of places that have hosted over the years. Last month it was hosted at Olathe City Hall and the Mayor John Bacon spoke. It is a really fun part of this organization to be able to go out and meet people in the community and help raise awareness for what's going on at the pantry.
If you are gifted at talking to people and would be interested in a way to get involved, consider being a community advocate for the pantry and attend a couple of networking meetings regularly to get to know people and build relationships with them promoting the pantry.
Mayor John Bacon video - https://rumble.com/vmzbp3-olathe-mayor-john-bacon.html
New Hope Food Pantry wants to give a couple of shout outs this week to those who supported us with a FOOD DRIVES! We rely on individuals, businesses and the community as a whole to help us raise food, and we appreciate each and every person that steps up to help out!
Timbercreek Elementary - The students at Timbercreek Elementary did a cereal drive. 508 lbs. of cereal were collected by the students and before they were brought to us, the school arranged all the cereal boxes like dominos through out the school and held an assembly allowing the students to watch as they knocked the boxes over and watched the patterns topple. The kids, I was told, enjoyed it immensely. Huge thank you to Heather Southwell for organizing and delivering (in multiple vehicles) the bounty.
Premier Martial Arts - Located at 11951 S Strang Line Rd, in Olathe, Program Director, Brent Hubbard has arranged to host a drive quarterly for food and cleaning supplies. Their Black Belt students get the privilege of helping at the event and the other students earn a "Community Stripe" by either donating time or supplies to help. What a great example set by a private business! I challenge another area business to step up and help out like Premier Martial Arts is doing.
Peace and blessings,
Caylon Umphrey, Executive Director
New Hope Food Pantry
From the Desk of Jim Linker:
With a sad heart, I would like to tell everyone that has worked with me over the years that I'm stepping down from Executive Director of the food pantry because of personal issues regarding the health of family members. I would like to introduce Caylon Umphrey as the new Executive Director of the New Hope Food Pantry. She is a God-fearing lady that knows that God is in control of the pantry.
I am very thankful that the officers of New Hope PCA picked Caylon as my successor because she has put in countless hours helping me to grow the pantry into what it is today. I know that she will continue to follow the mission statement by helping our neighbors in need and providing food all while giving God the glory.
I'll still continue to support this ministry because of the love I have for feeding people in need. A favorite scripture of mine is found in Ecclesiastes 3:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
So now is my time for passing the baton.
Peace and blessings,
Yes, we are open as long as we can continue to staff the pantry. Many volunteers have quarantined at home and cannot come in, due to age. Many of our volunteers are retired and in the high at-risk group for the corona virus. We are currently staffed, and taking it week by week. We will post updates as to closings and changes as or if they happen. Currently we have a list of rules posted that clients must read before entering the New Hope Food Pantry office, and only a few clients are allowed in at a time in order to keep mandatory distances between each other.
We are also doing routine cleaning and disinfecting with all sorts of different cleaners, depending on the area. Each weekend a crew of volunteers is coming in the pantry to do a total disinfection of pantry items, Office chairs, client check-in desk, and other items are being disinfected on a daily basis, and a fresh coat of paint in the office was completed this weekend for clients to have a like-new area when checking in free from germs.
We are taking every precaution and following all guidelines to keep everyone as safe as we can. Please be in prayer for the pantry, the community and for health for our ministry. God bless this community!
The New Hope Food Pantry hosted the Olathe Chamber Coffee again this year in February. It was a very successful event, where local business owners come together to network over coffee and pastries and learn a little about other businesses and organizations in the Johnson County area. The New Hope Food Pantry Director, Jim Linker, spoke to the Olathe Chamber about how we fed approximately 35,000 people in 2018 with an ALL volunteer staff.
The day of the Chamber event, a couple of New Hope Food Pantry collection bins were placed in the Narthex of New Hope Presbyterian Church (the event was inside Fellowship Hall of the church) and some community members brought food donations, but also a chamber member went around with a collection bin and community members donated cash in support of stamping out hunger as well. All in all, it was another successful community event that hopefully brought awareness to the need for food assistance in Johnson county, where wealth is evident and need can be overshadowed.
All glory be to God for the generosity of this community coming together to feed families in need.
Volunteers needed in Olathe for local food pantry. The volunteer hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 6pm, Saturday mornings & Sunday afternoons at 1pm. If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer experience, download the volunteer application on our Volunteer page.
We have an array of jobs available to volunteer like office jobs, driving positions, stockers, shoppers, and leadership roles. Whatever your gifts are, if you want to serve the Lord and feed the community, we will find a position for you.
God bless you!
The Olathe H.O.P.E. Car Show is coming up April 28, 2018 at the New Hope Food Pantry. Tell all your car enthusiast friends to enter their car or come out and gawk at the cool cars. Spectators enter for free. The entry fee for cars is only $20.
Enjoy a hot dog lunch and a vendor event. Bring the family for all the carnival style games. It's bound to be a great time!
For complete info on the upcoming H.O.P.E. Car Show, visit the H.O.P.E. Car Show Fundraiser page on this website.
H.O.P.E. stand for Helping Other People Eat. It is the goal to offer hope to the community by providing free food assistance to families in need. This is a community designed event to allow Johnson County residents a fun way to help support the community for a good cause.
Questions? Contact Alyssa Leckliter at AlyssaNHFP@gmail.com.
New Hope Food Pantry, Olathe, KS
This blog has been established by the volunteers at New Hope Food Pantry to communicate out the important food pantry messages that the community needs to know to help support Miami & Johnson county families in need. Established in 2011, the New Hope Food Pantry is a Harvesters pantry, which recently won the Harvesters Circle of Hope Award - Network Partnership - Pantry. Check out the video of Jim Linker, New Hope Food Pantry Director, receiving the award.
New Hope Food Pantry currently has 4 supporting church partners: New Hope Presbyterian (Olathe, KS), Redeemer Presbyterian (Overland Park, KS), The Branches Church (Olathe, KS), & Christ Family Church (Olathe, KS). NHFP is currently looking for churches looking for ministry opportunities. Contact Jim Linker at 913.782.0955 for more information.