The NEEDS pantry continues to be busy. It’s not unusual for us to have cars waiting in our drive-through when we open, and we often serve as many as 16 families in a day. However, the early fall is one of the most difficult times to keep the pantry stocked, as schools and businesses often don’t plan food drives until closer to Thanksgiving.
Would you like to help stock the pantry for the fall and winter? Please check out the list of most-needed items below.
Donations can be dropped off during NEEDS’ open hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-1:00). Thank you!
Interested in supporting NEEDS…and winning cash? The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon’s Piggest Raffle Ever is the perfect opportunity!
Now through October 30, you can purchase raffle tickets for $5 each – with 100% of your donation going directly to NEEDS! On October 31, the Flying Pig will draw a winner of $5000 cash. The winner’s charity will also receive $5000! While everyone is welcome to celebrate Flying Pig race weekend, you do not need to be present in order to win.
Entering the raffle is easy! Just visit http://piggestraffleever.com/ and select NEEDS from the drop-down list of charities. Then choose your number of tickets and click “Adopt.”
NEEDS is so excited to participate in the Piggest Raffle Ever. Thank you for your support!
At the end of the summer, NEEDS began collecting gift cards to help provide school supplies and warm winter clothing to local students. The results of the drive were incredible: a total of $9500 was distributed to the Deer Park, Princeton, Sycamore, and Silverton schools!
One Deer Park staff member described how students have benefited from the drive:
“I cannot thank you enough for the generous donation of clothing items, school supplies, and gift cards you provided to Deer Park Schools. So many of our families are struggling related to the virus. Your donation allows us to support these families during difficult times. We are able to help those experiencing homelessness get to school, the store, appointments, and after school events by providing fuel cards. We have been able to send grieving families groceries and have helped families who are losing pay due to being quarantined or having a child quarantined. This generous gift has eased a burden for many and will continue to bless our community for a long time.”
NEEDS is so grateful to be able to support families in need – and especially grateful for the generous donors who made the Student Assistance Drive a success. Thank you!
August found NEEDS busy wrapping up the Student Assistance Drive. Meanwhile, requests for food increased substantially, while requests for emergency financial assistance remained steady. Here are this month’s numbers:
During the month of August, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 91 families – for a total of 329 people!
NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 10 families, distributing a total of $4299 to cover rent and utilities.