SEM Food Pantry

The SEM Food Pantry, located on Beechmont Avenue in the heart of Mt. Washington, is a major supplier of emergency food to the needy of the Mt. Washington-Anderson Township-western Clermont County area. In 2014, the Pantry served more than 13,915 needy clients.

We operate as a “choice pantry,” meaning that clients “shop” for the food they like and can use, so everything with which they leave will be consumed. We are open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call for an appointment, so there will be minimal waiting to be served.

The Food Pantry partners with the Freestore/Foodbank and receives much food from them for distribution. It also operates with an all-volunteer staff and has extremely low overhead. Consequently, it can deliver approximately 94 cents of every dollar received to our needy clients. It is a Federal and State tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and your gifts are tax-deductible. If you would like to contribute to this excellent organization, send your gifts to:

SEM Food Pantry
6474 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230



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13,915 NEEDY PEOPLE IN 2014

HOW MANY DID WE SERVE? For the tenth year in a row (since 2005) the SEM Food Pantry served more than 10,000 needy people, all of whom were at or below the Federal poverty level. We served 13,915 hungry people in 2014.

WHERE DID THEY ALL COME FROM? 57% (that’s 7,994) came from HAMILTON County. 43% (that’s 5,919) came from CLERMONT County. (2 from Brown Co.)

FOOD WAS THE MAIN REASON: We are an emergency food pantry. Ninety-four cents of every dollar spent went for food purchases. When funds were available we also helped a limited number of clients with prescriptions and transportation.

WHERE DOES ALL THE FOOD COME FROM? Much food is purchased through our partner, the FREESTORE/FOODBANK. Some is surplus from USDA and Ohio. SEM churches provide tons of food through their food drives. We receive free foodstuffs from Aldi, Kroger, Remke, Servatiis, and Starbucks.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM? In 2014 we received $82,010 in contributions. 15 SEM churches provided $59,662 (73%). The remainder came from 9 businesses and service organizations and 84 individuals. You know who you are. We couldn’t do it without you. THANK YOU so much for your support.

GOD BLESS OUR VOLUNTEERS! Did you know that the SEM Food Pantry is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization? Our loyal volunteers, more than 40 strong, unload the trucks, stock our shelves, and assist our clients 52 weeks a year and they do it very well. Director Charlie Gentry and Associate Director Judy Dockendorff run an efficient and compassionate operation. THANK YOU ALL. (A special THANKS to MT. WASHINGTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH for rent-free use of the Pantry.)


While we hope 2015 brings a better economy and fewer hungry clients, we are gearing up for another busy year. We hope you will help us meet the challenge and give your support to the SEM Food Pantry. Please send your contributions to the SEM FOOD PANTRY, 6474 BEECHMONT AVE., CINCINNATI, OH 45230. We are a 501(c)(3) organization; contributions are Federal and State tax deductible.

Report prepared by Robert T. Bridges, Coordinator, Southeastern Ecumenical Ministry, January, 2015