Programs

As needs of our community have expanded so have the services that LIFE provides. Thanks to the generosity of our community we now offer so much more than simply food assistance to those in need. Please learn more about our programs and services below and contact us at (513) 583-8222 or director@lifefoodpantry.org to see how you can benefit from these services or how you can help get involved!

Financial Assistance

Utilities, rent, medical bills, automobile repairs, licensing, gas cards, cell phone NOTE – financial assistance is limited and at the discretion of the Financial coordinator

Transportation

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAYS: For clients who do not have a vehicle, do not drive or have a disability (temporary or permanent) who are unable to come to the pantry.  We will pick you up, give you adequate shopping time and take you home when you have finished. NOTE – times are by appointment and must be pre-arranged the week prior

SECOND FRIDAY GRACEFUL BLESSINGS: On the second Friday of each  month transportation to the Sanctuary Church, on N. Lebanon Rd, is available from 10am-noon. Clothing, shoes and small household items are available in the Graceful Blessings Free Store located within the church. NOTE – appointments must be made by Wednesday prior and available only to those who cannot attend on a Saturday

Holiday Programs

THANKSGIVING BOX: As part of the Pass It On program with Loveland Schools and in partnership with Northstar Care Center, a turkey and all the “fixin’s” are provided for a complete Thanksgiving meal. This program is traditionally held on the Saturday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

GIVING SHOP: One member of the household may shop for gifts for the entire family; underwear, socks, two articles of clothing, age appropriate gift for each family member 18 and under (toys for kids, teen gifts/gift cards, pajamas for age 12 and under) and a household family gift (toaster, crockpot, coffeepot, bed linens, cookware, etc.) This programs runs in mid-December.  

HOLIDAY MEAL BAGS: LIFE prepares a holiday dinner for clients that includes a protein (ham, whole chicken or a turkey) and side dishes. Meal bags are available the week before Christmas.  

EASTER BAGS: LIFE volunteers prepare Easter dinner bag with treats for the young and old alike! Takes place the week before Easter.

Pantry Pals

Seniors or those with a disability or circumstances that prevents shopping for themselves are assigned a Pantry Pal who will do the shopping for them and deliver it to their home. You must be unable to attend the pantry in person for this service.

Tiger Weekend Bags

Meals for registered Loveland school students to provide food over weekends and holiday breaks. There is a Tiger Closet with items available for students to choose within the Middle and High Schools.Seniors or those with a disability or circumstances that prevents shopping for themselves are assigned a Pantry Pal who will do the shopping for them and deliver it to their home. You must be unable to attend the pantry in person for this service.

Referral Services

LIFE has a list of referrals for many types of assistance; medical, dental, legal, housing searches, job services, etc.
SNAP: if you need help applying for assistance, we can help with the paperwork
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: access to multiple job openings and assistance filling out applications if needed

Furniture Assistance

if you are moving into a new home and need furnishings, we partner with New Life Furniture.  Up to 10 pieces for a one bedroom/$250, up to 15 pieces for two+bedrooms/$350. LIFE can assist with the cost. Mattresses, bed frames, sofas, chairs, dining tables, nightstands, etc. as available. All associated costs are paid to NLF – LIFE receives no compensation for any of the services offered.

Scholarship Opportunities

Limited financial support for college, career training and vocational programs is available.

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement by artists and crafts people in cities and towns around the world to raise money for food related charities to care for and feed the hungry in their communities. LIFE Food Pantry in conjunction with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is hosting our first annual Empty Bowls event to benefit our local food pantry. Patrons will be served a soup luncheon donated by our Loveland restaurants and will go home with a unique pottery bowl of their choice made by a local artist.

Back to School Program

In August, students returning to school can receive a backpack filled with age/grade appropriate supplies; personal care items; socks and underwear; a spirit wear shirt (Loveland schools only); new athletic shoes.

Coats for Kids

Children of clients can receive winter gear (coats, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, warm socks, and boots) by signing up at the Back to School Program pickup in August. Items are not guaranteed and will be limited to donations received. Distribution of items will be at the Thanksgiving Box pickup in November.

Community Garden

We are the fortunate beneficiaries of the community garden located at Prince of Peace church. At least 10% of all produce grown is given to LIFE Food Pantry. Plus, 48′ of raised beds are dedicated to LIFE Food Pantry produce growth! Volunteers are needed to care for the gardens — sign up here

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