Author: Carol Topp

COVID-19 Crisis

Our shelves are empty! Please watch this 2 minute video to learn how NEEDS is helping during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Donate to NEEDs in three ways:

  1. Mail a check payable to NEEDS to:

NEEDS
c/o Kenwood Baptist Church
8341 Kenwood Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

2. Pay online via Paypal:

3. Use your bank’s online payment service or Zelle. This costs you and NEEDS nothing, unlike Paypal which charges a fee (2.2% of each donation).
Use this email: CincyNeedsTreasurer@gmail.com as the Recipient.


NEEDS now serving clients every 30 days.

paper bag with groceries

NEEDS recently joined the Freestore Foodbank ‘s The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) program.

This program allows NEEDS to purchase more food at no cost or very low cost including dairy, meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

This also means that NEEDS will be serving clients every 30 days (instead of every 60 days) during the COVID-19 crisis, and possibly beyond.

We are thrilled to offer our neighbors in North East Cincinnati food and personal care items on a more frequent basis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since opening drive-through pantry service three weeks ago, NEEDS has served 50 families – over 200 people!

NEEDS still appreciates financial donations of any amount. We hope to resume emergency financial assistance in the near future as Stay-at-Home restrictions in Ohio are released.

Or mail a check payable to NEEDS to:

NEEDS
c/o Kenwood Baptist Church
8341 Kenwood Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

NEEDS is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

NEEDS Pantry will be reopening on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The NEEDS Pantry will be reopening on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to provide emergency food assistance during this difficult time. We will not be providing financial assistance. 

As before, we will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, serving each family every 60 days.  UPDATE April 15, 2020: NEEDS is now serving clients every 30 days during the COVID-19 crisis, and possibly beyond (to be determined as the situation develops).

We serve residents in the following zip codes:  45236, 45241, 45242, 45243 and 45249.

When you arrive at NEEDS (8341 Kenwood Rd, Cincinnati at Kenwood Baptist Church), please remain in your car and follow posted signage. 

You will be asked to call our desk at 891-0850 and provide:

  • your name
  • whether you have been here before
  • your family size
  • car license plate number.

We will serve clients in order of their arrival, providing pre-packed bags with dry goods, meat and limited perishables.

NEEDS closed until further notice.

Sorry we are closed.

As of today, Friday March 13, 2020, the NEEDS food pantry and emergency financial assistance program are closed.

Our church host, Kenwood Baptist Church, is following the State of Ohio’s direction and it is shut down.  Church services and other programs are cancelled and closed until further notice due to the heath concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEEDS and Kenwood Baptist Church deeply regret that we can not assist our neighbors in northeast Cincinnati at this time when we are most needed.

Please check back on the website or Facebook page to see when NEEDS will be partially or fully operational.

NEEDS Holiday Hours

NEEDS will be closed on:

  • Tuesday December 24, 2019
  • Thursday December 26, 2019
  • Tuesday December 31, 2019

NEEDS will reopen on Thursday January 2, 2010 at 9:00 am.


Our panty hours are 9:00 am -1:00 pm Tuesday and Thursdays.

If you are looking for a meaningful Christmas worship service this season, please visit one of the churches that supports NEEDS.

On behalf of the NEEDS board, our volunteers, and supporting organizations, we wish you a blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.

End of Year donations

NEEDS appreciates all donations to our mission to assist families in northeast Cincinnati with emergency financial needs.

We receive a large part of our funding in the last two months of the year.
If you’d like to make an end-of-year financial donation your can do it either:

Electronically via Paypal here.


Or mail a check to:

NEEDS
c/o Kenwood Baptist Church
8341 Kenwood Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Thank you! We appreciate your generosity.

NEEDS is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Remember NEEDS on Giving Tuesday

Please partner with NEEDS this Giving Tuesday!

How you can help:

1. Donate food and supplies to our pantry. We are always in need of nonperishable food, as well as personal care items like shampoo, deodorant, and feminine care products. You can drop off your donation on Giving Tuesday from 9:00-4:00. (Can’t make it that day? No problem – donations can be dropped off at Kenwood Baptist Church any Monday-Thursday.)

2. Share your time. NEEDS is open to serve our community every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-1:00. We need volunteers to staff our pantry and desk each week, greeting our clients and fulfilling requests.

3. Make a financial donation. Your contribution on Giving Tuesday will help us to support our community throughout the year.

NEEDS Closed Nov 28, 2019

NEEDS will be closed on Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2019.

We wish you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

We will reopen for our regular hours on Tuesday December 3, 2019 at 9 am.

You can leave a message on our hotline 513-891-0850

Like to Blog? NEEDS needs you!

There are so many ways we can combat poverty and hunger in Cincinnati. Donations of food and finances are wonderful. Time volunteering is another great help.

NEEDS is in need of a volunteer to compose blog posts for our website and Facebook pages. You will provide a very valuable service helping us communicate our services to families in north east Cincinnati.

This position can be done from home and might take 1-2 hours a week.
Attending monthly board meetings (fourth Monday of the month in the evening in Kenwood, Ohio) is highly encouraged as well so you are aware of the events and news to share on our website and social media.

Some knowledge of WordPress, our website platform, and Facebook would be helpful, but we can train you.

If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact NEEDS current website editor Carol Topp at CincyNEEDSTreasurer@gmail.com.

September Pantry Needs

The NEEDS food pantry is in need of the following:
Personal care items, especially:

conditioner
deodorant
shaving cream and razors
tampons
toilet paper
dish washing soap
laundry soap

Food items in short supply are:

canned chicken
canned soup
canned vegetables of all kinds, including tomatoes and tomato sauce
cereal and granola bars
packaged side dishes such as potato mixes , rice and noodle dishes, stuffing
dessert items such as cake mix, brownie mix, cookies, etc.

Please drop off these donations at NEEDS during business hours:
Monday-Thursday 9 am – 4 pm
at the lower level of Kenwood Baptist Church 8241 Kenwood Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

NEEDS has volunteers at the church on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9 am -1 pm. to help unload your donation.

Call 513-891-0850 to let us know you are dropping off a donation.

Thank you!

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