Fresh Start Kitchen Equips Families
With Basic Supplies for Healthy Meals

A fresh start. For IPM Food Pantry clients starting over from the hardships of homelessness, that's exactly what they need. IPM's Fresh Start Kitchen program, launched last month, provides the kitchen basics that families need to prepare healthy meals with the food that we provide through our Drive-Through and Mobile food pantries.

Willie, our first IPM Fresh Start Kitchen client, just moved into Thomaston Woods, an affordable living community, and his kitchen cupboards were bare, but IPM was there to help.

Fresh Start Kitchen basics are items that most of us may take for granted when we go to prepare a meal. Those basics range from spices, condiments and other pantry staples (sugar, flour) to small appliances and kitchen accessories such as toasters, can openers, measuring cups and storage containers. Clients choose the supplies they need from the Fresh Start Kitchen list, and IPM stocks their kitchen with the requested items.

"We often do not think of all of the intricacies that go into having a well-stocked kitchen," said Sue Schindler, service coordinator for Episcopal Retirement Services, which oversees Thomaston Woods. "IPM has put so much thought into what families might need."

For Willie, those supplies included a stock pot, frying pan, blender and potato peeler. And his own special request? A box of Oreos.

The implementation of Fresh Start Kitchen has been made possible by the generosity of an angel donor and A Special Gift program of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. To learn more about supporting IPM's Fresh Start Kitchen and other programs with a gift, click here.
"Many of our families have experienced hardships during their lives, especially during the pandemic. Fresh Start Kitchen reminds residents of their importance, the importance of their family and brings stabilization and food security." — Sue Schindler, Service Coordinator, Episcopal Retirement Services
IPM's November Mobile Pantry
Meets Families In The Community
IPM Food Pantry's final Mobile Food Pantry of 2021 served more than 150 families Nov. 13 at Mt. Carmel Christian Church in Batavia. The Drive-Through Pantry distributed nearly 11,000 pounds of food to clients in need.

In all, IPM's 2021 Mobile Pantries have provided groceries for 3,741 household visits.

IPM is currently scheduling Drive-Through Pantries for 2022, with a goal of 30 dates throughout the year in multiple locations across eastern Hamilton, Clermont and western Brown counties to serve our clients where they live, work, play and pray.
“Coming to these mobiles saves me from having to spend a quarter of my paycheck at the grocery store.” -Mobile Pantry Guest
“These [mobiles] make it so much easier for our family and let us not have to worry about food for some time.” -Mobile Pantry Guest
IPM Supports New Richmond's Project Lunchbox
We are so excited to announce a new partnership with New Richmond Exempted Village School District and their pantry, "Project Lunchbox." By helping stock New Richmond's school pantry each month, IPM is meeting families where they learn. We want to ensure that no one in New Richmond has to wonder about where their next meal is coming from.

Student volunteers build meal kits for their peers to take home if their families are in need. When IPM made a recent drop-off, a student volunteer expressed concern about the rising need at one school. A peer turned and reassured her, saying, "Well it's just great that we have all of this food now! It's good to know IPM is here to help."
Checking Our List: Most Needed Items
Looking for ways to help IPM this holiday season? The following items are our highest needs to support special Christmas events:

  • Boxed desserts for festive holiday meal kits
  • Winter coats (especially large sizes and kids' sizes)
  • Christmas gifts for older elementary school children, teens and adults
  • Wrapping paper for a special gift-wrapping station at the Christmas store
  • Volunteers for our Christmas Store (email Merry Leone at to sign up!)
Save These Dates!
Shop Local, Give Local: Saturday, December 4, all-day; click here to learn which local merchants are participating.

St. Thomas Cookie Caper for IPM: Saturday, December 11, 11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.; St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park (513-381-2052).

IPM Food Pantry will be Closed for Christmas: Wednesday, December 22-Friday, December 31.
IPM is a choice food pantry that serves clients in eastern Hamilton, Clermont and western Brown counties through education, encouragement and support. We envision a thriving, food-secure community. With your help, IPM has opened its doors to those in need for over 57 years. Your contributions make all the difference.


Alida Hart and the IPM Team
IPM Thanks Our Pantry Partners for Ongoing Support!
The Dan Varner Band

Doscher's Candies

Lykins Energy Solutions

The Motz Group
Savor Seasonings, LLC

Wyler Family Foundation

Zimcom Internet Solutions