Go back to your August calendar, what did you do on August 17th? For most of us, it was a regular workday but for the volunteers of the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) it was the annual School Supply Drive. It is the desire of the NEEDS board to make certain underprivileged students in the northeast quadrant of Hamilton County receive essential school supplies prior to the start of the school year. Annually, in August, the board and multitudes of volunteers gather at the Kenwood Baptist Church early in the morning to begin the momentous task of organizing school supplies to be distributed to local schools. The districts that receive the items are Princeton, Sycamore, Madeira and Deer Park Schools along with any private school within those borders. School nurses in these districts notify NEEDS with a count of indigent children as well as the list of school supplies. From these lists community groups and churches are assigned specific items to collect so that no child is left without basic school supplies. Most donated items are new.
The NEEDS School Supply Drive is so important to those children whose parents find themselves unable to provide school supplies.
It is the mission of the Northeast Emergency Distribution Service (NEEDS) to provide emergency assistance to the neediest families in the Northeast Cincinnati community. In addition to canned goods and non-perishables, community members can also support NEEDS monetarily by sending checks to: NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45236.
.NEEDS is an all-volunteer cooperative of 25 area churches located in the Kenwood Baptist Church. NEEDS does not receive government support. The NEEDS board oversees an active foodbank, as well as provides neighbors-in-need with housing and utility payment assistance. During the year NEEDS supports local schools through school supply and clothing drives. NEEDS serves more than 2,500 people in northeastern Hamilton County.
The NEEDS food pantry is located at the Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, 45236 and is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 am – 1 pm. Donations of canned goods and other items are always accepted at the NEEDS food pantry. Monetary gifts can be mailed to: NEEDS, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. For pick-up of donated items or to ask questions please call (513) 891-0850 (NEEDS) or checkout NEEDS website: NEEDS Pantry