By Portia Williams
November 10, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The Fifth annual Dinner Show will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SOMC Community Friends Center. The Theme is Bountiful Blessings, and the event is a Dinner Show being held for Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry.
There is a lineup of artists that will perform, including contemporary gospel artist Michelle Strickland, gospel music band The “W” Band. Barbara Duncan, a featured Play Artist, will perform “Drama Queen for the King.”
The dinner will include and will catered by Big Daddy’s Kitchen.
Jesse Strickland, chairman of the Neighbor to Neighbor organization, said they are looking forward to the event which helps them feed the hungry in the community.
“We exist to provide food to hungry families. Hunger is a major problem that we have in this area, and we want to do everything that we can to help. The Dinner Show is our biggest fundraiser, and it is something we really enjoy doing,” Strickland said.
According to Strickland, Neighbor to Neighbor is a non-profit organization.
“We are a not-for-profit organization, and we strictly run on donations. Everyone that works there at the pantry donates their time. There is no salary paid for the board or the people that hand out the food, the people that do the paperwork,” Strickland said.
He said all funds raised from the Dinner Show event is given to the food pantry.
“All of the proceeds go towards our food pantry. We gave out over 215,000 pounds of food last year. There are a lot of people in need in this county. We distribute food two times each month, on the second and third Thursday of each month.
He said Neighbor to Neighbor serves more than 600 families each month.
Strickland said they also have two satellite areas, a church in Minford and Franklin Furnace which they supply food.
While the tickets to the Dinner Show have all been sold, Strickland said there are other ways to assist Neighbor to Neighbor in their efforts to feed the hungry.
“Donating money is actually better than donating food, because we can buy the food for pennies on the dollar from a food bank out of Cincinnati,” Strickland said.
Another service that Neighbor to Neighbor provides is assistance with utilities for emergency cases.
Strickland said Kroger has partnered with Neighbor to Neighbor in their efforts.
“People who shop at Kroger can go online, and connect their Kroger card to Neighbor to Neighbor, then we will receive a small percentage from their purchase every three months,” Strickland said.
All other donations can be made to Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry, 1640 Highland Avenue in Portsmouth.
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