Author: Olivia Foltz Buyniski

Paying It Forward

Recently, NEEDS received a special visit. A gentleman arrived at the pantry with two large spiral hams to donate. He explained that he had been to the pantry before – as a client seeking food for his family. Now, he wanted to give back – and when he found a great sale, he immediately thought of NEEDS.

This isn’t the first time that a client has returned to NEEDS to help others. It’s wonderful to see such generosity!

Current Pantry Needs

Serving hundreds of people each month, the NEEDS pantry always welcomes donations of food and personal care items. If you would like to help us stock up, please check out this list of currently needed supplies.

Food:
Pasta sauce
Bean soup
Clam chowder
Canned salmon
Black beans
Dessert items (cookies, cake mix, pudding cups, etc)

Personal / Home:
Dish and laundry soap
Toothpaste
Paper towels
Toilet paper

Donations can be dropped off at Kenwood Baptist Church Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. NEEDS volunteers are at the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Thank you!

Thank You, Frame USA!

For the past 10 years, the Frame USA company has held an annual holiday drive called “Fill-the-Truck” to benefit local charities. Frame USA staff park large trucks in accessible lots throughout the city, and solicit community donations to support NEEDS and other organizations. Each Christmas, NEEDS has received a huge truckload of donations ranging from canned food to household supplies. Fill-the-Truck is always a highlight of the holiday season!

This year, Frame USA chose to accept mostly gifts of money for their selected charities. NEEDS volunteers wondered how this shift would affect the success of the drive – but  there was no need to worry. Just before Christmas, Frame USA customer service manager Travone Hall stopped by the pantry to deliver a check for over $3000! What a wonderful gift!

NEEDS is so grateful for partners like Frame USA, who continue to support our mission year after year. Thank you!

December Impact

Happy New Year! NEEDS closed out 2020 with another busy month, providing food and emergency assistance to 100 families. Here are our totals for the month:

During December, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 93 families – for a total of 339 people!
NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 7 families, distributing a total of $2550.00 to cover rent, utilities, and medical expenses.

In January, NEEDS will wrap up the annual HUGSS warm winter clothing drive. It’s not too late to contribute – check out this post for details.

https://cincyneeds.org/2020/12/08/this-month-hugss-winter-clothing-drive/

Four Schools Give Generously

NEEDS pantry volunteers serve food to hundreds of people each month. Sometimes the shelves can get a little bare – but thanks to four local schools, the pantry is now fully stocked!

During November and December, three elementary schools – Montgomery, Blue Ash, and Maple Dale – organized food drives to benefit NEEDS. Students, staff, and parents all helped to collect donations. Another drive was held by St. Xavier High School, whose students took time to pick up donations from neighborhoods across the area. Two St. X alumni then delivered the goods to the pantry.

NEEDS is so grateful for these schools, as well as the other organizations and individuals who help us to fulfill our mission. Thank you!

This Month: HUGSS Winter Clothing Drive

With a pandemic holiday season in full swing, many of us are missing warm hugs from our loved ones. However, we can still spread some cheer with HUGSS!

Each year, NEEDS holds a HUGSS (hats, undies, gloves, socks, and sweats) drive to provide students in the Princeton, Deer Park, and Sycamore school districts with much-needed warm winter clothing. Over 70% of Princeton students and over 50% of Deer Park students rely on financial assistance from the school district and the government; often, these students’ families struggle to afford essential winter gear. For Deer Park students, many of whom walk to school each day due to lack of bus service, the need is especially great.

You can help us meet that need!

In order to provide winter clothing as safely as possible, NEEDS is currently collecting financial donations (including gift cards) to share with each school district. School officials will use these donations to purchase the items that their students need.

If you would like to contribute, simply mail a check (with “HUGSS” in the memo line) to our address below. Gift cards for Meijer, Walmart, and Target are also welcome

You can also drop off your check or gift cards any time NEEDS is open in December (Tuesday and Thursdays 9 am to 1 pm) at Kenwood Baptist Church.

NEEDS c/o Kenwood Baptist Church
8341 Kenwood Rd
Cincinnati OH 45236

If you belong to a NEEDS member church, please include the church’s name with your donation.

Thank you!

Current Pantry Needs

Thanks to several recent food drives, the NEEDS pantry shelves are mostly full. However, the pantry is still in need of some crucial (and more expensive) items.

Toiletries:
Body wash
Deodorant (men’s and women’s)
Shaving cream and razors
Feminine hygiene products (pads and tampons)
Laundry and dish soap
Baby wipes
Hand soap / sanitizer
Home cleaning products

Food:
Canned clam chowder
Pasta sauce

Donations can be dropped off at Kenwood Baptist Church Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. NEEDS volunteers are at the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Thank you!

November Impact

As usual, NEEDS stayed busy in November, providing both food and emergency assistance to numerous families. Here are our totals for the month:

During November, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 92 families – for a total of 347 people!
NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 6 families, distributing a total of $2050.00 to cover rent and utilities.

Now that the Christmas season is underway, NEEDS volunteers are preparing for our annual winter clothing drive. Check back for details soon!

Amazing Gift from Montgomery Community Church

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, NEEDS is especially thankful for a generous gift from Montgomery Community Church.

NEEDs serves our community by providing both food and emergency financial assistance. Local food drives and individual donations help us to keep the pantry stocked, but it’s often necessary to dip into our funds to shop for groceries to fill the shelves. This means that we have less money available for clients in need of financial assistance.

Montgomery Community Church has stepped in with an amazing offer: they will underwrite up to $1000 worth of grocery purchases. But it gets even better! MCC has extended this offer for a whole nine months, from October through June! NEEDS is so grateful to MCC for a wonderful gift that will help us to reach more people in need.

Current Pantry Needs

Thanksgiving is next week! If you’re shopping for a special meal, please consider picking up something extra for those in need.

Here is a list of our pantry’s most-needed items.

Food:
Canned vegetables, especially greens and sweet potatoes/yams
Canned pineapple
Pasta sauce
Boxed dishes, including rice and potato mixes, stuffing, and Hamburger/Tuna Helper
Canned chicken and salmon
Canned meals, especially ravioli
Canned beans
Pancake mix and syrup

Cleaning and personal care items (these are the most difficult items for the pantry to keep in stock!):
Dish and laundry soap
Feminine hygiene products (tampons and pads)
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Body wash
Shampoo and conditioner
Hand soap and sanitizer
Shaving cream and razors
Deodorant
Toilet paper and paper towels

Donations can be dropped off at Kenwood Baptist Church Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. NEEDS volunteers are at the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Thank you!

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