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Reminder: The Piggest Raffle Ever!

Interested in supporting NEEDS…and winning cash? The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon’s Piggest Raffle Ever is the perfect opportunity!

Now through April 30, you can purchase raffle tickets for $5 each – with 100% of your donation going directly to NEEDS! On May 1, 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.”

If you are a runner, you can also support NEEDS when you register for a Flying Pig race event. For more information about registration discounts and other perks, visit our Facebook page.

NEEDS is so excited to participate in the Piggest Raffle Ever. Thank you for your support!

Current Pantry Needs

If you would like to help stock the NEEDS pantry with food and toiletries, 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!

Canned Food:
Pineapple
Mixed vegetables
Diced tomatoes
Chili
Salmon

Other Non-Perishable Food:
Instant oatmeal assortment packs
Snack items

Home and Personal Care:
Body wash (we run out of this very quickly!)
Shaving cream
Laundry detergent

February Impact

Here are the totals for the past month:

During the month of February, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 96 families – for a total of 333 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to eight families, distributing $3500 to cover rent and utilities.

A Month of Generosity

February may be a short month, but it’s been packed with activity for NEEDS volunteers and donors!

Early in the month, Logan Symson of Amberley Village (pictured above) organized a food drive to support the NEEDS pantry. Despite rough weather, the drive was a success – and Logan hopes to organize additional drives in the future!

Later, NEEDS volunteers presented funds from the Student Assistance Drive to Maple Dale Elementary. School officials will use these funds to make sure students have warm winter clothing.


Of course, many of us will remember February 2022 as the month the Cincinnati Bengals made it to the Super Bowl. To our excitement, several local organizations – Twin Lakes Retirement Community, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Youth, and Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church – celebrated by holding “Souper Bowl” drives to benefit the NEEDS pantry. Though the Bengals fell short of a win, NEEDS was a winner this month!

A New Team Effort at All Saints Church

Pantry coordinator Maureen recently shared this heartwarming story of teamwork in our community:

“Bill Ertle, of All Saints Church, holds a special place in the hearts of volunteers at the NEEDS food pantry.  For several years now, he and his Chevy Tahoe have made the short trip from the parish to the pantry every week or two bearing gifts.  By the time he arrives, he’s already made the rounds of four sites where church members drop off their pantry donations, and loaded them all — usually with the help of one of his kids.  

A cheerful smile, a caring heart and a can-do attitude are just a few hallmarks of his big personality.

Bill has been working with Anne Marie Kaes, another volunteer at the parish, to involve more families in the work with NEEDS in hopes of increasing donations. Through SignUpGenius, families willing to transport parish donations to NEEDS can volunteer on a one-time or ongoing basis.  The hope is that once families visit and tour the pantry they will become more enthusiastic supporters.  Bill plans to accompany families on their first trips to help orient them to the process.

While the new team effort will really benefit the NEEDS pantry, we’ll miss seeing Bill on a regular basis!”

A $1000 Donation for Milk? Yes, Please!

The NEEDS pantry welcomes donations of non-perishable foods, but we’re also thrilled when our partners help us to provide fresh food to our clients. Recently, a joint effort with St Vincent De Paul resulted in NEEDS’ being able to offer clients a supply of milk for their families. As pantry coordinator Maureen shares:

“The cost of milk by the gallon mounts up, especially when the NEEDS pantry needs 20 gallons on each day it is open. On rare occasions, milk is available through the Freestore Foodbank at no cost to food pantries. And we may receive a few gallons in a random donation. But receiving funding for milk on an ongoing basis was a real gift to NEEDS.

Mike Hathorn, president of the Saint Saviour Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul chapter and a long-time board member of NEEDS, facilitated that gift. While the chapter runs its own food pantry, the facility has no refrigeration. It gives its neighbors grocery vouchers for the local IGA supermarket. The store’s manager, in turn, gave the chapter with four $500 gift cards for use only on milk. But with no refrigerator in which to store the milk, Mike passed on one of the gift cards to the NEEDS pantry. And when we depleted the card amount, he gave us a second card!

‘When you use that one up,” Mike said, ‘just give me a call. I’ll probably still have the other two and will give you one.’

It’s a team effort to feed our neighbors in need. We’re grateful that Mike and NEEDS are on the same team!”

A New Donor to NEEDS

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NEEDS volunteers and donors love to help clients take care of their families…including pets! Check out the note below from pantry coordinator Maureen:

“The NEEDS pantry applied and was recently accepted as one of the nonprofit groups to which PetPeople in Montgomery donates pet food and supplies. Store manager Kathleen Miller didn’t wait long before picking up the phone to let us know a good-sized donation was waiting.

The PetPeople company has a clear mission. ‘Equal parts neighborhood gathering place and smart retail store, PetPeople is all about helping dogs and cats thrive.’ As part of the company’s structure, each store gives back to its community by donating to pet-related charities.  

Families frequenting the NEEDS food pantry struggle to feed themselves, and their beloved pets also need food and support. Each day the pantry is open, volunteers roll a cart of donated pet food, cat litter, pet supplements and toys out for families to choose from. With new support from PetPeople, that cart stands a much better chance of being stocked each week.

Thank you, PetPeople Montgomery!”

Donated Plants Brighten a Client’s Day

While donations of food and personal care items help us to meet clients’ most important needs, sometimes we’re excited by a more unusual donation.

Recently, Kroger’s Sid Cohen provided potted bamboo plants to the pantry, making it possible for each client to leave not only with food for their family, but with a cheerful plant to perk up their home. One NEEDS client couldn’t say enough about how excited she was to choose a plant: “I came here for food, and I get a plant, too? That’s a great start to my day!”

Thank you to Sid and Kroger!

New Deadline: The Piggest Raffle Ever!

Interested in supporting NEEDS…and winning cash? The Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon’s Piggest Raffle Ever is the perfect opportunity!

Now through April 30, you can purchase raffle tickets for $5 each – with 100% of your donation going directly to NEEDS! On May 1, 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!

January Impact

The first month of 2022 saw the NEEDS pantry remaining busy, while financial assistance requests decreased. Here are the totals for January:

During the month of January, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 105 families – for a total of 383 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to seven families, distributing $2666.67 to cover rent and utilities.

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