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.
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!
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has been a faithful NEEDS partner for years – but sometimes they still surprise us with their generosity!
Recently, Good Shepherd held a food drive to benefit NEEDS. Three vehicles were soon filled with some of the pantry’s most-needed items. The drive was so successful that it took six volunteers all of four hours to organize and shelve the donations.
Soccer players at All Saints School and Saint Vincent Ferrer School were sad to learn that there would be no contact sports this fall. Luckily, they were still able to put their teamwork skills to good use!
Coach Bill Keehn organized a food drive for NEEDS (combined with a greeting card drive for a senior living facility). Together, the soccer teams collected a full van load of food and personal care items to donate to the pantry. What a win!
Happy fall! Here are NEEDS’ service totals for the past month:
During October, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 103 families – for a total of 379 people! NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 17 families, distributing a total of $5,600.00 to cover rent and utilities.
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Be on the lookout for upcoming holiday events and opportunities at NEEDS!