Feeding Children One Family at a Time
When you think “food bank,“ creativity and thoughtfulness may not be the first words that come to mind. But those attributes are integral to this social justice organization dedicated to feeding hungry families. With food insecurity a growing concern, Food for Thought offers a network of 17 mobile food pantries across three northern Ohio counties. “Our goal is to feed Toledo in a thoughtful way,” says Sam Melden, chief thought officer for the organization. “We partner with different community groups to bring two cargo trailers that we’ve converted into food distributors.” The trailers stop in each of the locations once a month, and are set up like grocery stores, so that users can select the foods that they want. Donors should be aware that the number one need is healthy food. “We’re kind of a bang for the buck society,” says Melden, “but more healthy choices, including fresh produce, are at the top of our list.” In fact, in summer, Food for Thought operates out of the farmer’s market; shoppers can drop off extra produce or a cash donation, which is used to buy produce in bulk from local farmers.
Volunteers are welcome and can find out how to get involved at feedtoledo.org.
Plan your next Family Vacation
The perfect family vacation starts right here in Toledo! Find a place that everyone in your family will agree on at the Family Vacation Night on January 16th. Join AAA Northwest Ohio, Disney Destinations, Trafalgar, Royal Caribbean and Universal Orlando Resort for a fun-filled evening that will put you one step closer to escaping the snow for some sunshine. Who doesn’t need a break during the winter months? Reserve your spot today!
Thursday, January 16, 7pm. Premier Banquet Hall, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd.,
Toledo. Reservations arerequired. Call 419-517-7146for more information.
Snowflake Workshops at the Imagination Station
This time of year, you can’t beat the snow—so why not celebrate it? Local artist Mary Gaynier will be happy to help you with this workshop that teaches you how to create snowflake-inspired works of art using scissors, X-Acto knives, paper, and imagination. You can catch examples of the art form, known as Scherenschnitte, via Mary’s 12 unique snowflake pieces. “You can do this at any age,” says Stephanie Brinkman, marketing coordinator, “and it’s a great way for families to kick off the new year.”
Saturday, January 4 from 11am-4pm, Sunday January 5 from 1-4pm. Imagination Station,1 Discovery Way, Toledo.
Visit www.imaginationstation.org or call
419-244-2674 for more information.
New at Imagination Station: Idea Lab
With the technological and scientific landscape shifting at warp speed— and no sign of slowing down— kids today need to learn how to generate creative solutions to challenges. “Kids need skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation,” says Paul Morin, communication coordinator for Imagination Station. “Idea Lab is really exciting because it’s a space with up-to-date technology where visitors can bring ideas to life. Kids love to tinker and invent new things. This is a space where they can innovate and create in new ways.” With both a workshop and exhibit space, Idea Lab allows for both hands-on experiences and learning opportunities that are fun and inspiring. “Idea Lab is geared toward families with kids ages ten to fourteen,” says Morin, “but families with kids of all ages can be inspired by what they see and experience in the exhibition.” Educators will find the Lab to be a great tool; as with Imagination Station’s other exhibitions, and educator guides will be available as a resource.
Tuesday through Saturday, open from 10am–5pm, Sunday
open from Noon–5pm, Monday Closed. 1 Discovery Way, Toledo.