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NEWS: 3-18-13

Looking for a Service Project?

Is your troop, club or neighborhood looking for a spring service project? If so, consider a can or gift-card drive for the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS).

NEEDS is a community of 25 churches and civic organizations whose mission is to do God’s work through caring for their neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance.  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. 

For the past 3 years, from March 1st thru April 30th,  NEEDS has participated in the Feinstein Challenge. The Feinstein Foundation will match monetary donations as well as in-kind food pantry contributions collected during March and April as part of its Feinstein Challenge. The Feinstein Foundation then divides and distributes $1 million among agencies that feed hungry families in their community. Participating agencies, like NEEDS, can expect to receive a check in August for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000.

Your troop, club or neighborhood can help NEEDS during the Feinstein Challenge by organizing a can or gift card drive. Monetary gifts are accepted as well. Checks written during March and April should note  “Feinstein Challenge” in the memo line, and be mailed to:  NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236.

Any community group can collect canned goods, other non-perishable food items and raise monetary funds for NEEDS during other times of the year as well.  NEEDS wants you to know that hunger in our community is year-round.

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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