The Hunger Banquet
Date: March 18, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
UAW Hall - Defiance Ohio
NOCAC is hosting The Hunger Banquet - an educational dining event designed to expand our community's understanding of hunger, food insecurity, and poverty. We have a wonderful event planned that will be both thought provoking and entertaining. Plan now to attend and mark your calendars to save this date!
Life isn't fair - and neither is this banquet as it divides diners into distinct socio-economic classes for the evening. Think of this banquet as a "dinner theater of life" where you never know what may come your way! Participants could find themselves experiencing the life of a person living in poverty and eating meals provided by a soup kitchen; a few lucky attendees could land in the lap of luxury and be dining at the best restaurant in town; or they could find themselves placed somewhere in the middle. Unlike most banquets you attend, this event directs your focus on our "actors" as they role play different situations of someone who has been directly impacted by hunger, poverty or homelessness and the effects this had on their lives.
***DON'T MISS OUT - ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW!***
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or children. Use the link below to order your tickets with your PAYPAL account. For payments by check, please click here to complete the registration form. Make your check payable to "NOCAC - Hunger Banquet" and send the check and the completed registration form to: 1933 E. Second Street, Defiance, OH 43512. All tickets will be picked up at the door the night of the event.
FREE BASIC TAX FILING
One of our Benefit Bank Counselors may be able to assist you with filing your 2014 Federal, State, and School District tax returns if your individual income is $65,000 or less. We may also be able to help you if you meet the income guidelines for filing Married or Head of Household status on your tax return.
There are no fees or charges for this service - it is quick, easy and FREE so you can put money back in your pocket!! E-filing is available and you can receive your refunds through direct deposit into your bank account.
Services are conveniently located in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert, and Williams counties. To schedule an appointment, call our office at 419-784-2150.
This community service is sponsored by NOCAC, United Way, and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks.
Vendors Needed for 2014 Program
NOCAC is again sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in Defiance, Edgerton, Napoleon, Paulding and Wauseon. We are currently in search of vendors to provide food service at each site. The program begins June 9, 2014 and will end on August 13. 2014 (Monday through Friday) for a total of 47 days of service. Meals will not be served on the July 4th holiday.
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The Smile Express
NOCAC's Head Start program has been collaborating with the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio and the "Smile Express" mobile dental bus. The bus has been coming to our sites to provide dental services for children enrolled in Head Start.
Dr. Lauren Czerniak has been performing follow-up services to the children. She expressed concern regarding the condition of the teeth of many of the children in our program. She shared that she sees children from inner city areas and that they have healthier teeth than the rural children in Northwest Ohio.
Caring With Confidence Training Series
NOCAC's Head Start "Caring with Confidence" training series is a family training program designed to teach Head Start parents how to best manage the healthcare needs of their children.
The series is a part of a Health Care Institute program that was established in 2001 with the objective of creating and evaluating healthcare training programs to educate parents. Inadequate education regarding children's health care needs coupled with soaring health care costs, rising Medicaid spending, and over-utilization of emergency rooms have all contributed to the health care crisis in the United States. Johnson & Johnson and UCLA Anderson have launched a nationwide healthcare training program to help alleviate some of the issues.
NOCAC received donations from the Defiance Area Foundation, the Paulding Area Foundation and the Defiance Fire Department that helped make this program possible. We are grateful for their collaboration in making this venture a success.