NEEDS pantry coordinators Maureen and Janie recently shared this wonderful story about a faithful NEEDS partner:
“Several years ago, we noticed that every time we served one particular man he asked for more tuna. We joked with him about his love of tuna, and it was then that he told us he fed what we gave him to his cats. It was one of those “lightbulb” moments for our pantry’s staff. Of course, if our neighbors needed emergency food support it was only logical that their pets would as well.
We contacted local pet stores to see if they would donate cat and dog food. Many could not. But Pet Supplies Plus in Blue Ash agreed, as did their store in Harper’s Point.
But it was meeting Laura Patt, manager of the chain’s store in Independence, Kentucky, that truly gave our efforts momentum. Laura happened to be on loan to the Blue Ash store one evening when we stopped for donations. On hearing the story of NEEDS and its mission, she said we should pick up at her store — a much larger one than our local stores — as she had a lot to give us. Since then, she has asked to display our brochure as well as a sign we’ve made to solicit pet food donations.
This photo is from a recent pickup at Laura’s store in Independence, and features one of her employees. In the last week of September alone, she has generated an additional three SUVs — totally full of donations — to NEEDS and the people we serve. Those, again, came from the Blue Ash store where we first met her.
July was a short month with a holiday closure – but in August, the pantry was open for the maximum number of Tuesdays and Thursdays. This gave NEEDS the opportunity to serve 100 more people than in the previous month!
Here are the latest numbers:
During the month of August, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 197 families – for a total of 698 people!
NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 16 families, distributing $6095.00 to cover rent and utilities.
Do you shop for groceries at Kroger? If so, there’s an easy way to support NEEDS with each purchase! With the Kroger Community Rewards program, you can link your Kroger shopper’s card to NEEDS. Kroger makes annual donations to participating organizations – and the more you spend, the more NEEDS will benefit!
NEEDS is holding our annual Student Assistance Drive!
In just a few weeks, students in the Deer Park, Sycamore, and Princeton districts will return to school – but many families in these districts cannot afford school supplies, or even necessities like food and clothing. NEEDS is seeking donations of gift cards and money to help purchase supplies for the beginning of the school year, and to provide students with warm winter clothing in December. You can help!
What to donate: – Gift cards from stores such as Walmart, Target, and Kroger – Visa and Mastercard gift cards – Gas cards (many families live in areas where busing is not available) – Check (marked for Student Assistance Drive)
Please mail your gift card or check to: NEEDS c/o Kenwood Baptist Church 8341 Kenwood Rd Cincinnati OH 45236
City Barbeque is donating back to NEEDS – you can help by eating!
When: Thursday, June 22 Where: City Barbeque, 10375 Kenwood Rd How: City Barbeque will donate 20% of dine-in, takeout, drive-through, and pickup order proceeds to NEEDS. When placing your order, please let City Barbeque know that you are supporting NEEDS (for online orders, use code FundA). RSVP and more details:www.groupraise.com/events/253351