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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.

Current Pantry Needs

The NEEDS pantry serves hundreds of clients each month. You can help keep our shelves stocked by donating these much-needed items!

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

Canned Food:
Cream soups
Vegetable soups
Clam chowder
Mixed vegetables
Collard greens
Sweet potatoes / yams
Baked beans
Refried beans

Other Nonperishable Food:
Peanut butter
Hamburger and Tuna Helper
Boxed cereal
Instant flavored oatmeal packs

Home and Personal Care:
Shampoo
Body wash
Shaving cream and disposable razors
Sanitary pads and tampons
Laundry detergent

July Impact

July was another busy month for NEEDS! Here are the latest numbers:

During the month of July, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 105 families – for a total of 351 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 13 families, distributing $5850.00 to cover rent and utilities.

Current Pantry Needs

We’re in need at NEEDS! You can help us restock the pantry by donating these crucial items.

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

Canned Food:
Black beans
Diced tomatoes
Tomato sauce
Sweet potatoes / yams
Collard greens
Beef stew
Clam chowder

Other Nonperishable Food:
Pasta
Pasta sauce
Boxed cereal

Home and Personal Care:
Sanitary pads
Tampons
Shampoo
Laundry detergent

Now Through August 15: Student Assistance Drive

NEEDS is holding our annual Student Assistance Drive!

Each year, NEEDS collects donations of gift cards from Target, Walmart, Kroger, and Meijer. These gift cards enable staff at 17 local schools to purchase school supplies for needy students, as well as personal items such as underwear, socks, and hygiene products that are urgently needed.

Please consider donating a gift card from one of these stores. You can also write a check, and our volunteers will purchase a gift card on your behalf.

Please mail your gift card or check to:
NEEDS
c/o Kenwood Baptist Church
8341 Kenwood Rd
Cincinnati OH 45236

You can also donate through PayPal on our website (remember to mark your donation for the Student Assistance Drive): https://cincyneeds.org/donate-volunteer

Please donate by August 15. Thank you!

June Impact

Last month saw a dramatic increase in requests for food and emergency financial assistance. Here are the latest numbers:

During the month of June, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 137 families – for a total of 493 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 15 families, distributing $6700.00 to cover rent and utilities.

Current Pantry Needs

Pantry donations slow drastically each summer. Help stock our shelves with these much-needed items!

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

Canned Food:
Peas
Pineapple
Collard greens
Mandarin oranges
Beef ravioli
Bean with bacon soup
Clam chowder
Beef soups

Other Nonperishable Food:
Pasta side dishes (Pasta Roni, Knorr mixes, etc)
Rice mixes
Snack and dessert items

Home and Personal Care:
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Tissues (Kleenex)
Sanitary pads
Tampons
Shampoo
Liquid dish soap
Laundry detergent

May Impact

NEEDS volunteers have been diligently serving in the pantry and responding to requests for financial assistance. Here are the latest numbers!

During the month of May, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 109 families – for a total of 384 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 13 families, distributing $5095.00 to cover rent and utilities.

Current Pantry Needs

Donations to the pantry usually slow down during the summer. If you would like to help stock the shelves with our most-needed items, please check out the list below.

Donations can be dropped off during NEEDS’ open hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-1:00). Thank you!

Canned Food:
Greens
Mandarin oranges
Pineapple
Salmon
Yams / sweet potatoes

Other Non-Perishable Food:
Pasta sauce
Dinner mixes (such as Hamburger Helper)
Boxed cereal
Packaged desserts (pudding cups, cake mixes, etc)

Home and Personal Care:
Shampoo
Shaving cream
Tampons
Toilet paper
Laundry detergent

Thank You, Ursuline Academy!

Janie and Maureen of the NEEDS pantry shared this letter to our friends at Ursuline Academy:

“Wow! We can’t thank you enough for your generous donation to the NEEDS food pantry! Each year the students work so hard to plan and execute this canned food drive that helps so many of our neighbors in need. NEEDS is blessed to be one of the recipients of this event. We were excited to pick up two full pallets of food and personal care items. We appreciate the work the students did to sort and box the product. This made it so much easier for us to put it away.

Students Emma Clark and Mary Noschang did a great job of keeping us informed of the plan. They gave us the opportunity to share a list of items that we needed the most and coordinated our pickup time. What a great display of leadership! We love seeing young people involved in community service.

Your donation will go a long way in helping needy families in our area.”

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