Author: Olivia Foltz Buyniski

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!

Thank You, Good Shepherd!

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.

Thank you, Good Shepherd!



Soccer Teams Help NEEDS

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!

October Impact

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!

Three Thank Yous

Harlow-HRK’s Jason poses with NEEDS volunteers.

Sometimes the best gift is an item that would otherwise go to waste, as three recent donations to the NEEDs pantry show.

Last week, NEEDS volunteers received a visit from Jason of Harlow-HRK, a food broker that represents a variety of consumer products to the Kroger grocery company. Jason stopped by to unload a trunkful of specialty items for the pantry, including flours, grains, baking mixes, coffee, and snack foods. This wasn’t Jason’s first visit – and NEEDS is so grateful that he thinks of us when he has leftover products to share.

Harlow-HRK isn’t the only organization to share extras with NEEDS. The Mason Food Pantry, located on the Grace Chapel campus in Mason, recently donated two crates of chunky soup to the NEEDS pantry. Another donation came from Operation Give Back in Blue Ash: OGB regularly receives leftover bread from local Panera restaurants, and they have generously decided to share the extra bread with NEEDS.

When it comes to helping our community, we’re all in this together!

NEEDS Fall Drives – Thank You!

Over the past several weeks, NEEDS volunteers have been getting ready to restock the pantry to meet the increased need that our clients experience during the colder months. To our excitement, several individuals and groups have recently stepped up to help by hosting food drives.

First up: Maggie Albers, who began volunteering with NEEDS this summer as part of her high school capstone project. Maggie’s “Do What You CAN” drive brought in two full carloads of food and personal care items for the pantry!

But Maggie wasn’t the only student eager to help. Inspired by WLWT’s Day of Giving, the Madeira High School Key Club hosted a food drive to benefit NEEDS – and when two more vehicles loaded with donations arrived at the pantry, it was clear that the drive had been a success!

Among NEEDS’ most faithful supporters are our member churches, including Church of the Saviour United Methodist. Recently, Church of the Saviour held a hugely successful food drive that benefited not only NEEDS but five other organizations. Thanks to this drive, NEEDS volunteers were able to fill several gaps on the pantry shelves with much-needed nonperishables.

Finally, NEEDS held a two-day food drive that attracted donors from 10 different churches and civic organizations. A big thank you to the volunteers who staffed this event, including Moeller High School senior Kyler Graves!

A NEEDS Client Story

Recently, pantry volunteers received a handwritten card from one of our regular clients. “We very much thank you for your free food pantry donation to our family today,” she wrote. The client enclosed a single dollar bill and signed the card with the names of everyone in the family.

It turns out that whenever this client visits the pantry, she hands our volunteers a few dollar bills – the most she can offer. She had no money during her last visit, but still wanted to offer something for what she had received. The NEEDS pantry volunteers are always so touched by this client’s attitude – she may not have much, but she always does her best to give back!

September Impact

In September, NEEDS wrapped up the annual school supply drive and responded to numerous requests for food and financial assistance. Here are our totals for the month:

The NEEDS pantry served 98 families – for a total of 372 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency assistance to 12 families – twice the number served in the previous month. A total of $3626 was distributed to cover rent and utilities for these families.

Moving into October, there will be many opportunities for NEEDS volunteers and donors to serve our community. We look forward to another impactful month!

NEEDS Food Drive October 16-17

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, the past several months have been especially busy at the NEEDs food pantry. Would you like to help us restock for the fall and winter? Now is the perfect time, because NEEDS is holding a food drive!

When: Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: The NEEDS food pantry at Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Rd
How: The food drive will be a safe and convenient drive-through operation. Simply drop off your donation at the collection point!
What: Below is a list of most-needed items.
– Canned goods, including vegetables (except green beans), fruit, soup, fish, and meat
– Peanut butter and jelly
– Pasta and pasta sauce
– Packaged side dishes (rice, pasta, and potato mixes)
– Macaroni and cheese
– Boxed cereal
– Dish and laundry soap, hand soap
– Shaving cream and disposable razors

If you have any questions about the food drive, feel free to call NEEDS at (513) 891-0850. Thank you!

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