LIFE Food Pantry Story: A message from the Executive Director

A heartfelt story of gratitude and giving back 

By Chuck Gibson (Excerpted from the LIFE Newsletter-3/24)

But first, here is the list of food pantry needs to help fill their shelves and serve the community:

Thank you for your support of the LIFE Food pantry!

Donations can be dropped off:  any time in the bin outside LIFE Pantry located at: 541 Loveland-Madeira Rd. – Loveland, OH 45140

Larger donations can be dropped off (Tue.-Sat. 10-12 a.m., Tue. & Thur. 4-6:30). 

This week the LIFE Food Pantry needs:


  • Beef Stew
  • Cereal
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Carrots
  • Coffee
  • Flour
  • Applesauce
  • Canned White Potatoes
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Seasonings and Spices (all kinds)
  • Sugar
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Egg Noodles
  • Canned Tuna
  • Juice
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Rice Dishes


  • Laundry Detergent
  • Cleaning Products
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper


  • Pull-Ups (all sizes)
  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Diaper WipesDiapers (size 4, 5, 6, 7)

The LIFE Food Pantry mission does not happen without you!

In these challenging economic times, YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Now, here is the complete text of the Message from Executive Director Linda Bergholz:

It’s March – in like a lion, out like a lamb? Perhaps, but primarily it’s unpredictable, especially if you live in Ohio where the weather can drop 30 degrees throughout the course of a day

Unpredictability is something that most of us don’t like. We want the security of being “safe” whether driving our vehicle, in our home, with our job, at school, even our meals. That’s the hardest part of food and housing insecurity – will we have what we need next week, month or year?

The stories of need seem to be endless; there are days I wonder if anything we do really makes a difference. But then something out of the blue happens. I received an email late one night from a former client Autumn and her daughter Alexis, who moved out of state a few years ago. They had some significant struggles here and even more heart-wrenching problems after several subsequent moves.

They were writing to let me know they were sending a box of donations for the pantry. They went on to say that LIFE had been such a support system for them and wanted to offer their love and support. They said LIFE was one of the places they felt loved, welcomed, and secure. They wanted to tell us how much they appreciated us and how much our support helped them. Since they were now in the position to give back, they wanted to help others who were in the same position as they were a few years ago.

Yep, tears. THIS is one of the reasons we do what we do. After a week of personally feeling like the wind was just let out of my sails, I got a much-needed lift and an affirmation that we are doing good work in the community.

Give yourself and someone else a lift. It can be a few cans, a couple of cereal boxes, a cartful of groceries, a gift card, cash, or a check – every single donation has an impact. And if everyone contributes a little it adds up to a lot. We can never solve all the need, but we can help make things easier. And that help really does make a difference.

With gratitude,

Linda Bergholz, Executive Director, LIFE Food Pantry



BECOME A VOLUNTEER:  If anyone is interested in volunteering please go to – just scroll down the home page, select VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES and it will get you to Sign Up Genius. LIFE estimates it takes 42 volunteers each week to cover the shifts at the food pantry.

LIFE Runs on Volunteers! THANK YOU!