Author: Carol Topp

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. 

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!

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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