Current Pantry Needs

As the weather gets colder, the NEEDS pantry becomes busier. If you would like to help restock the pantry, please check out this list of most-needed items.

Canned vegetables, including:
– Peas
– Carrots
– Diced tomatoes
– Sweet potatoes / yams
– Greens

Canned fruit, especially:
– Pineapple
– Mandarin oranges

Canned meals, especially:
– Beef ravioli (this is our most needed item of all!)

Canned meats, including:
– Chicken
– Salmon

All canned beans, including:
– Black
– Pinto
– Red (kidney)
– White (Great Northern, navy, cannellini)
– Refried
– Baked

Canned soup, including:
– Broths
– Chicken and cream of chicken
– Beef

Packaged side dishes and snacks, including:
– Stuffing
– Potatoes (mashed, au gratin)
– Rice mixes
– Fruit/granola bars
– Chips

Personal care items, including:
– Tampons
– Toothpaste
– Body wash
– Shaving cream
– Hand soap

Household supplies, including:
– Dish and laundry soap
– Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, tissues)
– Diapers (especially sizes 4-5) and diaper wipes

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!


New Evening Hours

Here at NEEDS, we’re always looking for ways to better serve our clients – from offering wider choice in the pantry to upgrading to a more efficient records system. We’re especially excited about our most recent improvement: evening hours!

For the past several years, the NEEDS pantry has been open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-1:00. While this schedule works well for many clients, it’s not ideal for potential clients who work during the day. All too often, individuals and families in our community work hard yet struggle to make ends meet. In order to support more of these families, the NEEDS pantry is now offering appointments on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 5:30-7:30 in the evening. Clients who are unable to visit the pantry during the day can simply call the main desk (513-891-0850) to schedule an evening appointment.

Expanding the pantry hours is just one way that NEEDS is pursuing our mission of sharing resources with our community. Thank you to the volunteers who make evening operations possible!

4th Annual Bob Meyer Collection

NEEDS relies on the support of numerous churches and civic groups to provide food and emergency assistance to our clients. One of our member organizations, All Saints Church, has found a wonderful way to honor a beloved church associate: each year, All Saints hosts a food drive in Bob Meyer’s name! Check out the flyer below, which includes details about the drive, as well as an uplifting story about a NEEDS client who is taking care of his granddaughters with help from the pantry.

Do What You CAN

NEEDS is excited to introduce Maggie Albers! A senior at Mt. Notre Dame Academy, Maggie began working on a capstone project to benefit NEEDS this summer. Her first task: helping to restock the pantry after its recent renovation. After working behind the scenes, Maggie began serving clients directly by volunteering in the pantry drive-through, screening clients, and taking food orders. Now she has a new goal: to support NEEDS by hosting a food drive. Maggie’s “Do What You CAN” drive will be held at Hospice of Cincinnati this Saturday. Check out the flyer below for more details!

The Ducky Derby Splash and Dash for NEEDS

Here’s a fun way to support NEEDS: Join a Duck Derby!

On October 11, 2020, thousands of plastic ducks, of all different types, ready to race down the Little Miami River, to help charities, and hopefully win you prizes!! The more ducks you purchase, the greater your odds are of winning and the more money that is raised for NEEDS!

So how does this work?

On October 11, at 9am, the ducks will be released into the Little Miami River to begin the event.  They will race approximately ½ mile down the river.  

During the race, the ducks will go through 1 check point and a finish line.  At the check point and finish line the “owner” of the duck will receive an automatic text message of their current time and their place so they follow live.  

The race can be seen on Facebook Live at the check point and finish so that participants can cheer on their duck.

You can support NEEDS buy buying

  • one duck for $12
  • a family of 3 ducks for $33
  • A flock of 5 ducks for $50

For more information on the Duck Derby and the prizes you can win visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Loveland/TheDuckyDerbySplashandDashforCharity

August Impact

During the last month, NEEDS’ largest impact has been through a very successful school supply drive. Of course, our volunteers are still busy serving clients who visit the food pantry, as well as providing emergency financial assistance.

In August, the NEEDS pantry served 75 families – for a total of almost 300 people!

NEEDS also distributed $1720 between six families in need of emergency assistance. These funds were used to cover rent, energy and water bills, and medical expenses.

As we move into September, NEEDS volunteers will continue working hard to support our clients. Stay tuned for an update on our new evening hours!

School Supplies Update

Earlier this summer, NEEDS kicked off our annual school supply drive. Whether students are attending class in person or online, this school year is sure to be challenging – and we are thrilled to be able to help families in need!

So far, NEEDS has collected:

– $1990 in gift cards
– $1600 in checks
– 63 full backpacks donated by Montgomery Community Church
– Erasers and scissors donated by St. Paul United Methodist Church
– 350 disposable masks, thanks to a donor who specified “masks” on their check
– 23 sets of earbuds purchased by St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

Gift cards, funds, and supplies have been distributed to the Deer Park, Princeton, Sycamore, and Madeira schools according to need. Since this year’s drive has focused on financial donations, school officials are able to purchase exactly what their students need – from traditional supplies, like notebooks and calculators, to COVID safety supplies and resources for virtual learning. NEEDS is so grateful to the individuals and churches who have contributed!

If you would like to help, it’s not too late! NEEDS will continue to accept donations for the school supply drive through the end of September.

Simply mail a check (with “school supplies” in the memo line) to our address below. Gift cards for Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, Target, Staples, and Amazon are also welcome.   

You can also drop off your check or gift cards any time NEEDS is open in August and September (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

The NEEDS pantry is currently running low on nonperishable food and other dry goods. The following items would be especially welcome!

Food:
Canned vegetables (except green beans – we have plenty of these!)
Canned fruit
Canned soup
Macaroni and cheese
Peanut butter
Packaged side dishes (rice/pasta mixes, potato dishes, stuffing, etc.)
Pasta
Pasta sauce
Boxed cereal

Toiletries and Household Supplies:
Dish soap
Laundry soap
Shaving cream
Body lotion
Disposable razors

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!

Local Churches Help NEEDS

NEEDS has had great success operating a drive-up pantry service for the last few months. All volunteers wear masks and take safety precautions in order to protect our clients. But what about clients who don’t have masks of their own? Luckily, NEEDS partner churches are here to help! Members of Kenwood Baptist Church (where NEEDS is based), as well as the Sewciables group from Sycamore Presbyterian Church, have provided an assortment of fabric masks to distribute to our clients. These masks come in a wide range of styles and sizes for children and adults. Thank you to KBC and the Sewciables for helping to keep our clients and their families safe!

NEEDS is also grateful to churches like Saint Vincent Ferrer, All Saints Catholic Church, and Blue Ash Presbyterian Church for their faithful support. All three have helped to keep the NEEDS pantry shelves stocked this summer. Recently, Blue Ash Presbyterian volunteers delivered a full cartload of food – arriving just in time to replenish our dwindling supply of canned meals. The donation also included many “extras” our clients usually have to do without – including coffee, tea, soda, salad dressing, and even hair conditioner. Thank you!

July Impact

The NEEDS drive-up pantry has been busy! During the month of July, pantry volunteers served 76 families – for a total of 311 individuals!

NEEDS has also resumed offering emergency financial assistance. Over the past month, we have distributed $2,100 – helping seven families to pay rent and utility bills. 

 Finally, the NEEDS school supply drive kicked off in July and will continue through August. We are excited for this opportunity to provide crucial supplies to local students. For more details, check out our blog post: https://cincyneeds.org/2020/07/15/help-needs-provide-school-supplies/.

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