San Diego, CA resident and mom blogger Rhiannon Menn saw a void in her community when COVID-19 hit. Families in her neighborhood were struggling to keep food on the table. In May 2020, using her homemade family recipe, Menn started making and delivering lasagnas to anyone who wanted one. In an instant, the "Lasagna Love" movement took hold.
Now active in all 50 states in America, Canada, and Australia, and powered by 35,000+ volunteers, the Lasagna Love movement connects neighbors with neighbors through homemade meal delivery. Volunteers, donning aprons and swinging lasagna noodles, bring to life homemade and individual versions of one of America's most treasured comfort foods. In doing so, the newly minted non-profit has impacted the lives of more than ONE MILLION humans by offering support when needed, and by giving those that want to help, a meaningful and direct path to doing so.
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The Wings for Autism program was created by the Charles River Center upon learning of the struggles faced by one local family whose first trip to Walt Disney World was foiled due to Autism-related road bumps. Through collaboration with Boston’s Logan Airport, the Transportation Safety Agency (TSA) and various airlines, a “travel test run” was developed so that individuals with special needs could experience air travel from parking lot and ticket booth to security and airplane boarding. Our team assisted in clearly defining the origins of the program and its purpose and to articulate and highlight the program and its benefits to a nationwide audience.
After several years operating the program at no charge to families, the Wings for Autism program, created in Boston, was acquired by the ARC of the United States, which currently runs all programming except for Boston, Mass. The Charles River Center (CRC) continues to run the Boston program twice a year. Additionally, in 2014, the Charles River Center collaborated with ASD Vacations to organize a special trip to Walt Disney World called "Magic for Autism." Participating families boarded a flight to Florida complete with airport, on-aircraft and Walt Disney World support including special rates, respite care and sensory-friendly programming from start to finish.
The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) is the statewide support organization for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Once a parent-volunteer run organization, the MDSC has since undergone a significant metamorphosis, now controlling and organizing numerous events, fundraisers, and conferences each year. Our involvement came after the birth of my daughter, born with Down syndrome, at which time the MDSC needed communications and PR support to gain media traction and to advance public perception about Down syndrome to shift mindsets away from historic stereotypes, while building greater attendance at events such as the Annual Buddy Walk and Family Picnic.
Through refined positioning, aggressive and consistent media outreach, submitted articles and profiles about MDSC families, the MDSC was catapulted from a once parent-volunteer run organization to one that today employs more than 15 full-time staff members and a Board of Directors. The organization hosts three major fundraisers per year in addition to numerous Educator and Family conferences. The MDSC’s Parent’s First Call program too has been recognized nationally and mirrored by similar organizations across the country.
ABC7 / San Francisco: Making and delivering meals to make a difference in the Bay Area.
WOIO - Friday, July 29th (2022) is National Lasagna Day! This year, Lasagna Love is teaming up with Carrabba's Italian Grill, RAGU', Pastene, Galbani Cheese, and Johnsonville, to deliver 10,000 meals to families in need. Jen Picciano, a 'lasagna chef' and reporter from Cleveland's WOIO, reports.
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Associated Press: Lasagna Love — a grassroots nonprofit supported by 33,000 volunteer "chefs" across all 50 states in America -- are sharing free lasagnas. The group launched during the pandemic to help families counter hunger, and pay for housing costs and other expenses.
The Boston Pilot: When Abigail "Abby" Agudelo received her diploma from St. Augustine School, it was a milestone not only for her but also for the whole community, as she became the first student with Down syndrome to graduate from the K-8 school.
JustLuxe: We may have changed the year from 2020 to 2021, but the pandemic is still looming in the shadows, giving us yet another reason to make Valentine's Day at home even more romantic. For her, opt for a pair of Cocktail Sneakers.
Red Tricycle: There’s nothing like a warm meal delivered to your doorstep, especially in times of need. Lasagna Love is a national grassroots movement of kindness and support that connects neighbors through homemade meal delivery.
GOOD MORNING AMERICA: Spreading Lasagna Love: Mom’s Facebook post leads to nationwide movement.
Forbes: Made by women for women, Cocktail Sneakers is a fitting gift for your favorite mover and shaker.
GREAT DAY LIVE: Take your outfit from drab to fab with a few key accessories. For example, do you have Cocktail Sneakers? Yes, they are a thing now – and a must-have! (view)
TODAY Show: Lasagna Love Founder Rhiannon Menn and “Lasagna Mamas” from across the country were featured on NBC’s TODAY Show - September 28, 2020.
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