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NOCAC recently hosted "The Hunger Banquet" event designed to raise awareness of hunger issues and challenge existing stereotypes within Northwest Ohio.
More than 300 people participated in the experience. As each guest arrived, they randomly picked their assigned socio-economic class for the evening from five distinct classes (wealthy, upper middle, middle, lower middle, and poverty).
Those participants lucky enough to have drawn the wealthy class were quickly escorted to tables set with fine china, linen, and candelabra and were serenaded with soft music. Later they were served a five course meal that included shrimp cocktail and prime rib. Throughout the night, wait staff was in attendance to meet any needs that arose.
Participants who selected the Poverty level were not so fortunate. They were the last group to receive their meal and dined at rough wooden spools while sitting on folding chairs or straw bales. After registering and waiting in line at the soup kitchen, they were given a small bowl of soup and a peanut butter sandwich.
In 2014, the Community Action Network will commemorate its 50th anniversary. Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission is pleased to have been an active part of this network since our incorporation in 1965.
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.