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

Coming Up: Giving Tuesday

The weather is getting colder. The holiday season is just a few weeks away. Many of us are making plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with family…and then celebrate all of the great shopping deals available on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

This year, why not keep the fun going on Tuesday?

Mark your calendar for December 3, 2019 – Giving Tuesday!

Launched in 2012, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for individuals and groups around the world to join in giving back to their communities. And investing in our community is exactly what we do at NEEDS – whether we’re providing food to the less fortunate, or offering financial assistance to keep local families in warm homes.

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.



For more information about giving to NEEDS, visit our volunteer page: https://cincyneeds.org/donate-volunteer/

For more information about Giving Tuesday, check out https://www.givingtuesday.org/

St. Xavier High School brings 3,000 pounds of food to NEEDS!

For the last four years, the students at St. Xavier High School compete with each other to see who can bring in the most non-perishable food items for NEEDS! 

The students go in their neighborhoods and request non-perishable donations and then bring them to school where they are weighted to see who brought in the most!

This year on November 3, St X alumni) Tom Young and Dean Backscheider (in photo above) brought the donations of canned fruit, vegetables, cereal and other much needed supplies.

Over 3,700 pounds of food were donated!

NEEDS volunteers came in to sort and stock the generous donation. With the holidays coming up, this will help many families have a good holiday.

Thank you St. Xavier High School!!!


You can drop off a donation of nonperishable food, household supplies (laundry and dish soap), or personal hygiene items to:

Kenwod Baptist Church
8341 Kenwood Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45241

Our volunteers are there Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
You can drop off donations at the church office Monday-Thursday 9:00 amd-4:00 pm.

Please send us an email cincyneedspresident@gmail.com or phone (513) 891-0850 to tell us you are dropping off a donation, so we can be prepared.

Thank you!



All Saints Church and School collect over 3000 items for NEEDS

In keeping with the tradition of the last few years, All Saints Church and School held their annual Bob Meyer Memorial Food Drive for NEEDS and collected over 3000 non-perishable food items, personal hygiene and household cleaning supplies. The collection was held October 7-13, 2019 and students who participated earned community service/confirmation hours. The items were delivered to the NEEDS pantry on October 14, 2019.

Seventh grade students, teachers, parents and NEEDS volunteers  helped carry items into the pantry and sort them.

The collection is held each year in memory of Bob Meyer who took a special interest in this project by distributing signs, collecting, organizing and delivering the items collected. He died in 2017.

The shelves at NEEDS run low this time of year and we are all extremely grateful for this wonderful outpouring of love.

If you would like to organize a collection drive for NEEDS, please email us via our Contact Us page. We appreciate it!

Montgomery Community Church donates food to NEEDS

October 5 and 6, 2019 was the WE CAN food collection weekend at Montgomery Community Church on Montgomery road. The church donates non-perishable food to NEEDS 4 times a year!

Thank you to Montgomery Community Church and to Sarah Bowman for heading this up!

If your church would like to organize a food collection for NEEDS, please contact our Food Pantry Director Maureen Flanagan at m2flanagan@aol.com.

Montgomery Community van loaded with donations for NEEDS

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!

NEEDS volunteer takes a gamble!

I worked the NEEDS front desk for many years. Each church represented on the Board was responsible for finding volunteers from their church, helping with pantry duties, and filling the pantry with fresh items. It was my church’s turn and I was serving as a pantry volunteer.

A wonderful young man came in. He had walked from the bus stop a few blocks away and he needed food.  My fellow-volunteer knew that we could not give him all the food he needed because there was no way he could carry all the food with him onto the bus.

We took a gamble. She had a cell phone which she gave me and I kept it on while I walked the man and his boxes and bags of food to my car to drive him home.  She called her cell phone from the NEEDS phone line and kept the line open in case I was a fool and needed help!

Would you do this today? Probably not.

This young man turned out to be a wonderful husband and father. He eventually became a friend too!

Sometimes trusting and taking a gamble (with a helpful cell phone) is what NEEDS volunteers do!

Susan Young,
Long time NEEDS volunteer

2019 School Supply Drive another success

Faithful volunteers line up to sort, pack and distribute school items to at least 16 schools

August 12, 2019 found more than 20 faithful NEEDS volunteers gathered at 8 a.m. to unpack, sort, repack and deliver school supplies to the Deer Park, Sycamore, Princeton and Madeira school districts. 

The annual event provides basic school supplies i.e. binders, backpacks, pencils, pens and crayons to students in those districts.  Approximately 16 schools are reached. 

The items are collected from the participating churches in the NEEDS (North East Distribution  Services) organization  which is housed in Kenwood Baptist Church.

Loyal Deer Park  school district residents came out to help with the drive. Chris Huster (left) worked for 32 years in the Deer Park District and is now on the school board.  Masha Huster (10 years old) and Jeff Pfohl (right), also on the school board, came out to lend a hand.
NEEDS Board President Ann Barfels sorts piles of donated school supplies.
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