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Concert to raise money for food pantry

Church of the Master United Methodist, 24 N. Grove St., will host the Harmony for Hunger Concert, benefitting the NNEMAP Food Pantry, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

The concert will feature the Dwight Lenox Trio, performers from Otterbein University's music department and musicians from many of the area churches that support NNEMAP.

There will be a silent auction during the concert's intermission.

NNEMAP, formerly known as the Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program, is a cooperative ministry local churches providing items and volunteers to distribute food and materials to residents living in poverty.

Nearly 40 percent of people living in the three ZIP codes served by NNEMAP -- 43201, 43211 and 43215 -- are classified as living in poverty. More than 200 of NNEMAP's clients are homeless.

NNEMAP provided a three-day supply of groceries to more than 23,000 individuals, a 46 percent increase in service in two years ago.

Last year's concert raised $4,500 for NNEMAP, and the group's leaders hope to raise $6,000 at this year's concert to provide meals through the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Tickets cost $15 and are available at the 32 churches that support NNEMAP. A full list of those churches can be found at nnemappantry.org. Tickets also can be purchased by emailing director@nnemappantry.org.