We Are The Power of O.NE: Spaghetti feed needs volunteers to help the hungry

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Fellow We Are The Power of O.NE supporters and organization members help film a promotional video geared towards finding more volunteers for the one day event.
Fellow We Are The Power of O.NE supporters and organization members help film a promotional video geared towards finding more volunteers for the one day event.

Food and fun are on the menu at an upcoming spaghetti feed that is attempting to break a world record, with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of the Heartland.
We Are The Power of O.NE, a nonprofit organization, is planning a metro-wide spaghetti feed to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland. The spaghetti feeds will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. at 13 locations.
The message is simple yet powerful. Organizers want to raise $100,000 for the Food Bank but also bring awareness to the food-insecurity many in the Omaha area face.
The group also is working to get school, church and community groups involved in the effort, including reaching out to University of Nebraska at Omaha student organizations.
Lin Leahy, the corporate executive chef at Dial Senior Management, Inc., created We Are The Power of O.NE with the help of her friends and colleagues. The “O.NE” is a call out to Omaha, Neb. and references the event’s mission that for this one day, no one in town will go hungry.
The idea for the benefit came to Leahy after she heard a story on National Public Radio. She said she tried to dismiss it for a while, but the idea to raise awareness of this cause stayed with her.
Leahy finally decided she was either “going to sit on the sofa or get off.” She decided to get off the sofa and do something about it.
“We all live in a house of cards and this could be any one of us, and I think we all at some level know that,” Leahy said.  “By taking care of people in our community, we make our community better.  We are better.”
To make this event successful, Leahy wanted to make sure the event had a strong purpose but was also fun. Leahy said if she could turn it into a contest, like breaking a world record, more people would want to attend the event.
With a goal of serving 20,000 plates of spaghetti, Leahy knew she needed more than one location. The organization has arranged locations all across the metro that will participate in the spaghetti feed to help reach the ultimate goal.
This will also help get attendees to the event from all over the area. Most of the locations are high school cafeterias with the exception of the Bellevue Lied Center.
The other logistical issue – volunteers. More than 500 volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up after the event. Shifts for volunteers range from one to four hours and vary in responsibility.  UNO students, faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer.
“The act of volunteering elevates your soul,” Leahy said.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities or find a list of participating locations, please visit their website at www.wearethepowerofone.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wearethepowerofone.

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