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Pantry Advent Calendar

The holiday season is fast approaching! If you’re looking for a fun and meaningful way to count down to Christmas, this pantry gift Advent calendar is for you!

For each day in the Advent season, we are requesting a specific much-needed item to stock the pantry. Donations can be dropped off during our open hours throughout the month of December. Thank you!

October Impact

Last month, the number of families served by the pantry remained steady, while requests for emergency financial assistance went up. Here are the latest numbers:

During the month of October, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 124 families – for a total of 396 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 17 families, distributing $7125.00 to cover rent and utilities.

Current Pantry Needs

We’re in need at NEEDS! The pantry shelves are getting bare. You can help by donating some of these much-needed items.

Please be assured that the NEEDS pantry will make good use of ANYTHING you are able to donate!

Donations can be dropped off at Kenwood Baptist Church during our open hours (Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-1:00). Thank you!

Canned Food:
Corn
Collard greens
Carrots
Pineapple
Chili
Refried beans
Tomato sauce
Cream of mushroom and chicken soups
Bean with bacon soup
Clam chowder
Vegetable soup

Other Nonperishable Food:
Boxed cereal (This is our GREATEST need right now!)
Oatmeal and instant flavored oatmeal packs
Peanut butter
Pasta
Packaged pasta side dishes (Knorr, Pasta Roni, Lipton)
Dessert and snack items

Home and Personal Care:
Shampoo and conditioner
Deodorant
Sanitary pads and tampons
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Laundry detergent

NEEDS Regular Gives Back

Pantry coordinator Maureen recently shared this wonderful story:

“Elizabeth has been coming to the NEEDS pantry for quite a while. She’s a busy woman, volunteering regularly and raising her two granddaughters. She used to come for groceries and tote them home in a stroller. But recently, she acquired a three-wheel bike that enables her to carry more. She’s always cheerful and friendly, and often offers to help pantry volunteers with their tasks.

In talking about her family, Elizabeth told us that she’s one of 12 children. Imagine being part of such a large family! One day when she arrived, she told us that her mother had just passed. She told a few family stories and said how much she missed her mom.

Elizabeth hardly expected to inherit anything, but found that her mother had left her some money. She immediately came to the pantry and said that she wanted to give a gift to NEEDS with some of her inheritance, as we had helped her get through some hard times. Imagine our surprise when Elizabeth pulled up on her bike and gave us a very generous check in support of NEEDS!

The expression ‘paying it forward’ can sound trendy and nice. But when someone who’s known need gives with gratitude and generosity, it adds a truly special meaning to the expression.

Thank you SO much, Elizabeth!”

NEEDS Is Seeking Volunteer Treasurer

NEEDS is searching for a new volunteer treasurer and/or volunteer bookkeeper. This is a challenging, fulfilling, and vital role in helping NEEDS to feed and assist our neighbors in northeast Cincinnati – all done at home and on your schedule!

Duties include working with other assistant treasurer volunteers to record donations, pay expenses, and prepare and present financial reports at our monthly board meeting. Accounting or bookkeeping experience highly desired. QuickBooks experience very helpful.

For information on this volunteer position, contact Carol Topp (current treasurer) at 513-290-4730 or CarolToppCPA@zoomtown.com.

Madeira Schools Celebrate Homecoming with Drive for NEEDS Pantry

Pantry coordinator Maureen recently shared this story about our friends in Madeira:

“Madeira High School’s Key Club and its advisor, Julie Leugers, are loyal benefactors of the NEEDS pantry. But this year, they really ramped up their efforts. The Key Club invited not only the high school, but the middle and elementary schools, and the community at large, to celebrate Homecoming by donating to the pantry. Julie tied the drive to the school’s September 22 Service Day, and scheduled a school bus to bring the donations and six students to help sort, date, and shelve all donated items.

Traffic stopped in our NEEDS drive-through as active teens unloaded the bus and got to work. The students not only processed the donations they brought – they dated items in storage, prepped plastic bags for our packers, and reset all the tables used for their work.

Youthful energy, combined with the generosity of the students’ family and friends, resulted in a major gift to our pantry – which had suffered our usual summer drought in donations.

A hearty thank you to Julie Leugers – advisor extraordinaire – and the Madeira High School Key Club!”

September Impact

Last month saw another steep rise in the number of individuals served by the pantry. Here are the latest numbers:

During the month of September, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 133 families – for a total of 455 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 12 families, distributing $5486.00 to cover rent and utilities.

August Impact

Last month, requests for food and emergency financial aid both increased sharply. In fact, the NEEDS pantry served over 60 more people than in the previous month! Here are the latest numbers:

During the month of August, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 126 families – for a total of 415 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 20 families, distributing $6784.53 to cover rent and utilities.

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