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SOCKtober

posted Oct 7, 2017, 3:30 PM by Anna Bunker   [ updated Oct 7, 2017, 3:30 PM ]

October is "SOCKtober" at the L.I.F.E. Pantry--please consider donating a pair (or two or a package) of cute socks (NOT Halloween themed please) in any size, color, or style. Sizes for both children and adults--you know how quickly socks wear out or disappear!

SOCKtober

Facebook post

posted Oct 7, 2017, 6:22 AM by Anna Bunker   [ updated Oct 7, 2017, 6:22 AM ]

If you haven't seen this beautiful article about the L.I.F.E. Food Pantry Director Linda Bergholz, take a minute to learn about Linda and the Food Pantry.

Student L.I.F.E Shop... a Success - Thank You!

posted Sep 2, 2017, 6:14 AM by Sharon Ames

The L.I.F.E. Pantry Student L.I.F.E. Shop, held on August 12th, was a huge success; many thanks to the generosity of the Loveland Community and the tireless efforts of the volunteers who brought many happy smiles to faces returning to school!

With immense gratitude, I’d like to thank the SLS “team” chaired by Sharon Raess—Connie Rotterman, Terri Carter, Lisa Wachenfeld, Carolina Maurer, Audrey Hawley and Barb Wagner. There were, of course, many more hands behind the scenes and in place on the day of the event, but without the planning of this team the event would not have gone as smoothly and pleasurably. Ask and you shall receive—and we asked!

To the community for their support, especially:

Huntington                                                                                                    Costco

Miami Trails                                                                                                  Loveland Dairy Whip

Chatham Woods                                                                                           NEST

Tomie Gartland/RASP Consulting                                                              Prince of Peace Lutheran

Nancy and Jay Grant                                                                                    Unifund LLC

The Agees                                                                                                      The UPS Store

Nancy                                                                                                             Horton Investments         

Brenda Smart                                                                                                LHS Cross Country Team

Little Miami Conservancy/Bill Schroeder                                                  Loveland Library

Bake Me Home                                                                                              Loveland Schools

Harpers Tennis Club                                                                                     SNAP

St. Columban                                                                                                 Northstar Community

Earthshares                                                                                                   Target

Epiphany UMC                                                                                              Premier Tumbling

RP Diamond                                                                                                   Loveland UMC

ELLI’S                                                                                                               Monica Achberger

The Works                                                                                                      Loveland Music Academy

Anna Bunker

 

To those who chose to be unnamed or dropped items into our donation bins, please know that your contributions have not gone unnoticed. Truly a community effort, it’s impossible to name everyone who took part in some way, but it all made a difference in the lives of these kids.  THANK YOU—you are, each and every one, a blessing.

Linda Bergholz

Director

Deadline for Student L.I.F.E Shop July 31st

posted Jul 31, 2017, 5:42 AM by Sharon Ames   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 9:38 AM by Anna Bunker ]

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION FOR STUDENT L.I.F.E. SHOP ENDS MONDAY, JULY 31ST—we are open 4-6:30.

 

All clients must register yearly beginning in JULY.  Information needed:

 

Adults 18 or over in household—photo I.D. and proof of residency (bill in your name, lease, recertification paper)

 

Children: School aged—last report card or proof of registration in Loveland Schools

 

Children under school age—birth certificate or crib card

 

YOU MUST RESIDE IN THE LOVELAND SCHOOL DISTRICT OR BE A MEMBER OF ONE OF OUR SUPPORTING CONGREGATIONS TO QUALIFY.

Community Recognition - long overdue

posted Jul 5, 2017, 6:49 PM by Sharon Ames   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 10:10 AM by Anna Bunker ]

To follow are stories of how a few wonderful individuals and groups have made a difference in our community.  The L.I.F.E. Food Pantry sends our sincere thanks to everyone involved (and apologies for the delay in the postings).

Dec 2016:



Jan 2017:

Loveland, Ohio – An anonymous citizen nominated the Loveland Police Department for the 2016 Hometown Heroes Award. The Peoples Bank branch in Maineville sought nominations from the Maineville, Deerfield, Montgomery, and Loveland area.

Branch manager, Cheryl Hall delivered the award and a check to Sean Rahe, Chief of Police of the City of Loveland.

The award is usually presented to an individual person and it is rare an entire organization receives the award. The award included a charitable donation, and the Department chose to forward the money to the LIFE Food Pantry in Loveland. Rahe said, “It’s wonderful. It’s wonderful that someone from the community nominated us anonymously. Cheryl told me that it’s not common for a whole business or agency gets nominated. That made it extra special for us.”

Hall said the $500 award was, “to honor persons in police and fire departments, schools, EMT’s, and first responders.”

Speaking about why the department will give the money to the food pantry Rahe said, “I don’t know we have a favorite charity, but they certainly do a lot for the community and we definitely recognize that and appreciate all the work they do.”

April 2017:


Loveland Board of Education Meets the ‘Hunger Challenge’ with Friendly Competition

The staff at the Loveland City Schools Board of Education met the Hungry Challenge through cereal.

With a commitment to collect 500 boxes of cereal in a two-week period, the staff decided that a little friendly competition was in order. They joined one of two teams, team Hilliker and team Koehne. Both teams were challenged to collect 250 boxes of cereal.   As the cereal started coming in it was displayed in the Board Office to fuel the competition.  And it worked! Cereal kept coming in until the last minute of the deadline. Each team far exceeded their goal by collecting over 400 boxes to make a grand total 875 boxes, plus a $100 gift card to Kroger.  

The event was celebrated with a group lunch provided by a Loveland resident.  And which team won? Both teams were deemed winners since they exceeded their goals, however, the numbers did show that the members of team Hilliker were the Board Office challenge champs.


Student L.I.F.E. - School Back Packs

posted Jun 30, 2017, 1:38 PM by Sharon Ames

The L.I.F.E. (Loveland Interfaith Effort) Food Pantry is a faith based organization that provides food, financial assistance and services to residents in need within the Loveland School District. For over six years, the L.I.F.E. Food Pantry has been assisting qualified families of Loveland students by providing personal care bags for the new school year.  These bags have included dental care supplies, socks, underwear, Loveland Spirit wear, books, gift cards  and other personal care items.  We're happy to announce that we will be offering the same service this year along with SCHOOL BACK PACKS filled with grade appropriate school supplies.

The Student L.I.F.E. Shop will be held at the Prince of Peace Church on August 12, 2017.  In addition to personal care items and school supplies, there will be representatives from various schools and community programs.  Each qualifying family will have the opportunity to sign up for these programs.

Remember the beginning of each school year and the excitement of getting new school supplies, perhaps a new outfit and new shoes?  Many of these students don't have opportunities that we had. We are asking that you please consider donating to this wonderful cause which will give each student that positive outlook toward a new school year.

Because of your assistance, we are fortunate to be able to hold events of this kind.  Last year, with the help of the community,  we served over 200 children from 113 families.  Attached is a list of personal care items and school supplies that our Loveland students will need to start off the new school year. We appreciate any donations you can give.  They can be marked Student L.I.F.E. and dropped off in the donation boxes located inside the side door of Prince of Peace Church, Loveland Music Academy (209 W Loveland Ave.) or directly at the pantry when we are open (Mon/Thurs 4-6:30 and Wed/Sat 10 - 12:30).

Donations will be accepted during the month of July.

Personal Items

Single toothbrushes                    Children/Adult shampoo              Conditioner             Comb/Brush           

Toothpaste                       Women's and Men's deodorant    Water Bottle          Shaving Cream

Dental floss/Piks               Feminine Hygiene Products          Bar of soap             Childrens 3 in 1

                                     

The Back Pack and School Supply list is attached by Grade.

 

Monetary donations and Gift Cards are also greatly appreciated (please make checks payable to L.I.F.E. and notate Student L.I.F.E. on the memo line). For more information, please call the L.I.F.E. pantry at  (513) 585-8222.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Sharon Raess - Chair Student L.I.F.E. Shop

Linda Bergholz - Director L.I.F.E. Food Pantry

101 South Lebanon Road, Loveland, Ohio  45140

lovelandlifefoodpantry.org

 

 

Please like us on Facebook  -  Loveland Interfaith Effort L.I.F.E

2017 Hunger Walk-Support the LIFE Food Pantry

posted Apr 22, 2017, 1:26 PM by Anna Bunker   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

Come join us on Monday, May 29th for the 2017 Hunger Walk.

This year we will continue to take a stand against hunger in our community. On Memorial Day, we will be participating in the Hunger Walk and 5K Run to benefit the Freestore Foodbank's network of partner agencies (LIFE Food Pantry).

You can join our team, or start your own team that can also support the LIFE Food Pantry.

For more information visit the Loveland LIFE Food Pantry team page 

Feed the Hungry Challenge

posted Mar 2, 2017, 5:47 AM by Sharon Ames   [ updated May 3, 2017, 9:41 AM by Anna Bunker ]

Help Loveland InterFaith Effort (L.I.F.E) feed local families by donating to the food pantry during the Feed the Hungry Challenge!   All donations received March 1 to April 30 will help L.I.F.E. accomplish the Feed the Hungry Challenge goal of collecting over $35,000. Cash donations and gift cards to local grocery stores are greatly appreciated along with non-perishable food items. Each food item collected counts as $1.00 toward the goal of $35,000.   

Each spring L.I.F.E.  sponsors a  Feed the Hungry Challenge which restocks the pantry after the holidays and when food drives are traditional slow.  This challenge is crucial to help registered families throughout the year.  L.I.F.E. uses monetary donations to buy food from the Freestore Foodbank and elsewhere to keep the pantry stocked. This is the largest collection event in the year.

The L.I.F.E Food Pantry, located in the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on the corner of Lebanon and West Loveland, serves clients who live in the Loveland school district and members of our supporting congregations. The food pantry serves an average of 245 families, approximately 600 people, each month. Your help makes a difference!  

L.I.F.E. Mission:

To provide faith-based emergency assistance and services to residents within the Loveland, Ohio School District and to members of our supporting congregations, while working to identify needs and develop programs that will encourage self-sufficiency in individuals and families.

  • All donations are tax-deductible

  • Last year total donations were $32,454 – help us reach our goal of $35,000

  • Most of our clients are working; many have children, some are elderly, and the majority can’t make ends meet

  • Visit L.I.F.E. website (www.lovelandlifefoodpantry.org) to volunteer, learn more, and request an email that provides current pantry needs. Visit L.I.F.E.  Facebook page and see our impact to the community and view the weekly needs list

  • L.I.F.E. is governed by 19 board members and actively supported by multiple churches and organizations in the Loveland Community.  

  • Food Pantry Hours: Monday 4 pm - 6:30 pm

Wednesdays 10 am - 12:30 pm  

Thursdays 4 pm - 6:30 pm  

Saturdays 10 am - 12:30 pm

Questions may be directed to L.I.F.E. Food Pantry at 513-583-8222, Director Linda Bergholz at lifefoodpantry@yahoo.com or Becky Scheeler at becky.scheeler1@gmail.com

Make an impact and donate to the Feed the Hungry Challenge March 1 to April 30! THANK YOU!!!!

Pheasant Hills Residents...Thank you!!!

posted Dec 11, 2016, 10:22 AM by Sharon Ames

Thank you to all the volunteers and families who donated this year to the Pheasant Hills Annual Neighborhood Holiday Food Drive.
Saturday, December 3rd was another successful food drive that benefits the L.I.F.E. Food Pantry here in Loveland.  Over 60 volunteers helped out that day.  Many of them are families and individuals who have helped year after year!!   484 bags were distributed the week prior and we collected over 325 paper bags and 124 plastic bags filled with donations along with $570 in cash donations!  The L.I.F.E. Food Pantry looks forward to our food drive every year and we are already on their calendar for December 2nd, 2017!!  This has been our Pheasant Hills neighborhood community project for over 30 years! Thank you for your support!!

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