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Help NEEDS meet the Feinstein Challenge

If you are a member of an organization that supports the North East Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) you know we’re not nearing the end of winter but the  beginning of Feinstein Challenge season! For the past 3 years NEEDS has been an enthusiastic participant in The Feinstein Challenge, which divides and distributes $1 million among agencies that feed hungry families in their community.

Since 1998 Rhode Island resident and philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein has been helping hunger-fighting agencies raise funds by challenging their supporters to “up the ante”.  From March 1 thru April 30 The Feinstein Foundation will match monetary donations as well as in-kind food pantry contributions. Participating agencies, like NEEDS, can expect to receive a check in August for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000.

NEEDS is a community of churches and civic organizations whose mission is to do God’s work through caring for their neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance.  There are approximately 25 churches and civic organizations that form the NEEDS Board.  NEEDS is an all-volunteer cooperative located in the Kenwood Baptist Church and NEEDS does not receive government support.  The NEEDS board oversees an active foodbank, as well as provides neighbors-in-need with housing and utility payment assistance. During the year NEEDS sponsors a school supply drive, a holiday season “Adopt-A-Family” and in January the board collects socks, mittens and scarves for school-age children.  NEEDS serves more than 2,000 people in northeastern Hamilton County. 

Here’s how you can help NEEDS:  The Feinstein Challenge is only during the two months between March 1 and April 30, 2013.  Each can/box/package of food donated during that time counts as $1.  The total of in-kind items donated and the dollars collected during those 2 months will be added together as part of the challenge.  If you would like to make a financial contribution to NEEDS, you can write a check to NEEDS  noting “Feinstein Challenge” in the memo line, and mailing it to:  NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236.  You or any community group can also collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items for NEEDS.  

The NEEDS food pantry is located at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, 45236 and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 am – 1 pm.

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