Category: Updates

Thank You, Freestore Foodbank!


In 2023, NEEDS served an unprecedented number of families — and ran out of freezer space to store enough food for our clients. The Freestore Foodbank, whose mission is to fight hunger in the tristate area, generously provided a new freezer for the pantry to use.

Pantry coordinators Janie and Maureen shared this note of thanks to our partners at the Freestore:

“Thank you for purchasing a freezer for the NEEDS food pantry. We certainly needed it! As you can see in the second picture below, it’s already fully utilized. The number of families visiting our pantry in 2023 was double the neighbors we served two years ago. With that increase, we needed more freezer capacity. This new freezer is a TRUE BLESSING!!!

Please share our thanks with the Freestore team. We appreciate the ability to get food and household products at a reduced price and to get items that we need to run our pantry efficiently. 

The volunteers and the people we serve thank you for your service to our community.”

Learn more about how you can help meet the needs of our neighbors here: https://cincyneeds.org/donate-volunteer/

Current Pantry Needs


As we start the new year, the pantry is critically in need of two items: boxed cereal and laundry detergent. If you can only donate two items, please choose these! Other much-needed items are listed below.

Donations can be dropped off at Kenwood Baptist Church during our open hours (Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-1:00). If you would like to arrange a drop-off on another day, please call (513) 378-8767. Thank you!

Canned Food:
Salmon
Collard greens
Sweet potatoes / yams
Bean with bacon soup
Mandarin oranges

Other Nonperishable Food:
Hamburger and Tuna Helper
Packaged pasta side dishes
Packaged rice mixes

Home and Personal Care Items:
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Baby wipes
Women’s Depends (sizes S/M)

2023 Impact


Even with a holiday closure, the NEEDS pantry provided food to more than 500 people in December, including 17 new families. NEEDS also responded to numerous requests for emergency financial assistance.

Here are the latest numbers:

During the month of December, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 155 families – for a total of 565 people. In 2023, the pantry served a total of 2024 families and 6987 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 17 families in December, distributing $5531.00 to cover rent and utilities. In 2023, NEEDS provided a total of $73,748.00 in emergency housing and utilities assistance to 189 families!

During the past year, NEEDS has seen both unprecedented need in our community and amazing generosity from our donors and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who made this impact possible!

NEEDS seeking a new Treasurer

NEEDS is seeking a new volunteer treasurer. This is a fulfilling and vital role in helping NEEDS to feed and assist our neighbors in northeast Cincinnati – all done at home and on your schedule!

The Treasurer’s main duties are to prepare and present financial reports at our monthly board meeting and reconcile the bank accounts. Approximate time commitment is 2-4 hours a week and monthly board meetings. NEEDS has assistant treasurer volunteers who record donations and pay expenses. NEEDS has no employees, so there are no payroll responsibilities. Accounting or bookkeeping experience desired. QuickBooks experience very helpful.

Our current Treasurer will complete her term on December 31, 2023 and the bylaws dictate that a new Treasurer be found. She has agreed to help the new Treasurer with the transition.

For information on this volunteer position, contact our current treasurer, Carol Topp at Treasurer@CincyNEEDS.org.

November Impact


Even with a Thanksgiving closure, NEEDS served nearly as many families in November as in the previous month. More than 20 of these families were seeking assistance from NEEDS for the first time.

Here are the latest numbers:

During the month of November, the NEEDS pantry provided food to 203 families – for a total of 692 people!

NEEDS also provided emergency financial assistance to 16 families, distributing $5181.00 to cover rent and utilities.

Current Pantry Needs


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – a season of giving! You can help stock the NEEDS pantry by donating some of our most-needed items from the list below.

Donations can be dropped off at Kenwood Baptist Church during our open hours (Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-1:00). If you would like to arrange a drop-off on another day, please call (513) 378-8767. Thank you!

Canned Food:
Salmon
Chicken
Soups (bean with bacon, clam chowder, beef varieties)
Collard greens
Sweet potatoes / yams
Mandarin oranges

Other Nonperishable Food:
Packaged potato and rice mixes
Boxed cereal

Home and Personal Care Items:
Laundry and dish detergent
Deodorant (men’s and women’s)
Shampoo
Toothbrushes
Pump hand soap
Women’s Depends (sizes S/M and XL)

Student Assistance Drive Update


Each year, NEEDS holds a Student Assistance Drive to help provide school supplies and warm winter clothing to students in the Deer Park, Sycamore, and Princeton school districts. Teachers and administrators in these districts are keenly aware of how many families struggle to afford these necessities – so they were excited to receive gift cards enabling them to purchase exactly what their students need!

NEEDS is so grateful to the many donors who contributed to this year’s successful drive!

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