Help Us Grow IPM's Community Gardens
IPM Client Services Manager Nicole Gordon checks out our Newtown garden beds last summer.
Last summer's garden beds at IPM's Amelia pantry
featured tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and herbs.
Did you know that IPM Food Pantry has a green thumb? Many, actually, thanks to our dedicated partners, volunteers and residents who maintain IPM's four garden beds in Newtown, Amelia and the affordable housing communities of Thomaston Woods and Timber Creek. The produce generated goes directly to our clients throughout the growing season.

Additionally, IPM receives the harvests of various community gardens, including Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and Valley View Foundation; garden clubs; and individual gardeners such as Linda Ramey.

From seedlings provided by Ellen Noble and Grant Farm, to preparation of the Newtown garden by Joe and Dan Motz, we truly appreciate the widespread community effort.

We are looking for help in expanding IPM's garden locations:
  • Donations: Soil, seedlings, materials to create raised garden beds, produce from individual gardens
  • Sponsorship: For additional garden locations
  • Volunteers: For Amelia pantry and new locations

Please contact Nicole Gordon, IPM Client Services Manager, for opportunities to share your green-thumb energy and skills:
“IPM’s Community Gardens provide a wonderful source of fresh produce to our clients throughout the summer and fall. We are grateful for the community and volunteer support needed to supply additional healthy food to our clients.” — Nicole Gordon, IPM Client Services Manager
A Meal for IPM: West Clermont Empty Bowls
West Clermont High School's creative fundraiser for IPM Food Pantry, Empty Bowls, returned last week after a two-year COVID hiatus. The event featured a soup and salad dinner in the high school cafeteria, and attendees took home a unique souvenir one of several hundred one-of-a-kind bowls created by West Clermont art students.

More than 150 people attended, generating $873.60 in donations to IPM. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for their generosity!
Meet Our New Staff Members:
Tara Fisher-Dill, Martha Garrigan
IPM is pleased to welcome two new staff members to our team: Tara Fisher-Dill and Martha Garrigan. We asked them a few questions to introduce themselves. Please welcome them to our community!
What is your role at IPM, and what most excites you about your position?

Tara: Community Relations and Volunteer Manager, and I’m super excited to expand connecting resources to needs through IPM.

Martha: My role at IPM is Food Pantry Specialist. After retiring, I began volunteering at IPM’s Food Pantry. I learned about all the different services IPM had to serve our clients. I was thrilled when given the opportunity to join the IPM team. I hope to make an impact on ways to grow the number of clients we can serve through our Food Pantry.
Tara Fisher-Dill, left, and Martha Garrigan.

What previous jobs/experiences helped to form you for this work?

Tara: Working at my church in the ReachOut Ministry helped me form and build relationships within the church through hard-working volunteers and our community partners. IPM being so embedded in how we serve the greater community helped me establish relationships at IPM the past few years.

Martha: My background in forecasting and planning will help me ensure we have the food available in the Pantry to serve all our clients in need through the various IPM programs. 

Share a fun fact about yourself.

Tara: As a volunteer in my church, I have a passion to serve rescued trafficked young girls in India, Nepal and domestically. I’ve been to Nepal and India hoping to create strong bonds with partners and these young girls. 

Martha: My husband and I got married on our lunch hour because his elderly grandfather was coming into town and our families wanted to have a reception while he was here.
Current IPM Pantry Needs
Here are the most-needed food items we are seeking to provide IPM Plates dinners to our clients this month:
  • Single-serve ravioli, mac and cheese
  • Granola bars, peanut butter crackers
  • Cereal
  • Canned carrots, mushrooms
  • Ranch dressing
  • Hot sauce
  • Mini chocolate chips
Please bring donations to our Newtown Pantry from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday;
Amelia Pantry from noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday.
Save These Dates!
Happy Easter!

  • 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 9: Zion Lutheran Church, 1175 Birney Lane, Cincinnati, 45230.
  • 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 23: Williamsburg Library, 594 W. Main St., Williamsburg, 45176.
  • 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28: Newtonsville United Methodist Church, 518 Liberty St., Batavia, 45103.
  • 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 7: Bridgeway Riverside Church, 30 Wells St., Moscow, 45153.

HUNGER WALK & 5K RUN, Freestore Foodbank fundraiser, Monday, May 30. Details on participating in IPM's Team to come in May.
IPM Thanks Our Pantry Partners for Ongoing Support!
Doscher's Candies

The Motz Group

Savor Seasonings, LLC
Wyler Family Foundation

Zimcom Internet Solutions

Zimmerman and Company CPAs