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Whole Again International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: Whole Again partners with both private and public organizations to provide meals, educational and recreational enrichment programming for at-risk youth to assist them in developing a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Programs: Summer meals: we provided meals and enrichment programs for children daily in hamilton county. Most children received both breakfast and lunch, monday - friday (at most sites) for up to 11 weeks.

Summer enrichment: children participated in academic, nutrition, physical fitness, drug awareness, crime prevention, cultural and character building enrichment for up to 11 weeks. Funded by donations and other public grants.

Weekend meals: children at most sites received weekend meal packs for up to 11 weeks. Funded by donations and other public grants.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Working with Whole Again International was a joy! What they provide and supply for the community is hands down needed and they do it with grace and organization. Their ability to work with several community partners to distribute free meals for youth is outstanding. We are excited to be able to work with their organization and look forward to many more years working with them. - Myki Bobo, Site Supervisor, New Prospect Baptist

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whole Again in an awesome organization to work with. I love how they made sure that children were being fed and that the staff understood the importance of feeding the children. Its amazing to see how many children would have gone without food if it were not for this program. May God continue to bless them as they continue to help others.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience working with the large number of children at the summer program, a few years ago has been great. I enjoyed interacting with the children and the volunteers. The meals that were provided and delivered to the different church sites were nutritional and the children seemed to enjoy it. It was helpful for the community providing the children with meals. As the need increases, I’m excited to see what Whole Again has in store for the future. Thank you, Whole Again for serving our communities!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 3 plus years, I have had the privilege of working with Whole Again International as a Food Supervisor. I am grateful for the opportunity given to me. Working at different sites and interacting with the children filled me with joy, seeing how happy they were to be apart of the summer program. Pastor Chandler, Mrs. Diane, and the entire Whole Again Team have been gracious leaders in serving the community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Whole Again does not quit! They help supply the needs of the children in our community. I had a friend who's child attended one of their site locations and Whole Again did a great job taking care of the child's nutrition and enrichment needs.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed working with Whole Again and the Whole Again team. How awesome to help so many families in need through this program.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Corinthian Baptist Church partnered with Whole Again to provide free breakfasts and lunches to youth 18 years and under from June 1 through August 14. Distributing free meals to this demographic was a much needed service, especially during this COVID-19 crisis.

The partnership allowed CBC to host another community outreach project to engage with the surrounding neighborhoods and serve 5,700 meals. We look forward to partnering with Whole Again in the future. They are an excellent organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Whole Again International was great. They made it known that the children were their focus. They made sure they received what was needed to feed the children their meals. The pandemic made a set back as far as all the children being together, but the Site Supervisor took the meals to the children. It made me proud to be apart of this organization knowing that they were helping as many children as they were.






1 C Robert C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whole Again is a heaven send to Greater Cincinnati's youth and have been so for many years. They work hard to continually improve and make sure that they are a unyielding resource to conquer food instability in one of the worst cities for childhood poverty in our nation. Now having served hundreds of thousands of meals since their launch, Cincinnati will forever be indebted to the leadership of Rev. Gregory and Mrs. Diane Chandler.

God bless this organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whole Again has made it possible for additional children to be fed in the Mt. Washington area every day of the week. We are blessed to have Whole Again arranging for the meals, the training and making the process so smooth. Thanks to Greg, Diane and the whole team!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My audit of groups helping to alleviate childhood hunger in the Cincinnati area led me to Whole Again. After working with Whole Again staff, visiting several Whole Again sites plus participating in Whole Again field trips (Kids Expo and Fun To Be Fit,) it’s clear – - Whole Again is doing a great job of helping kids be fed physically, academically and relationally.

This is an organization that is so necessary in the Cincinnati area, with opportunities to stretch learnings to other geographies in 2020 and beyond. It’s my intention to help with this in the future both financially and with my time. One personal goal will be to encourage others to do the same! :-)

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Whole Again is such a great help to working families. It's very rare to find summer activities for kids are an affordable rate. I love knowing that kids receive food and curriculum created for them.

highachieversaimhigh

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whole Again plays a significant role in why High Achievers Aim High exist. Pastor Chandler and his wife have gone above and beyond to support our organization. We are forever grateful for the services they provide. Whole Again makes a difference in all of our communities and HAAH is very proud to be apart of such an important purpose.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Whole Again is a wonderful organization. They provided our campers FREE breakfast and lunch throughout our summer program, in addition to field trips for all of the kids they service. They make sure hundreds of kids are fed throughout the summer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the less privileged in our community. Their excellence and total diligence in the delivery of this much needed summer program is clearly noticeable. Many kids are being blessed and protected from the effects of hunger during the summer months. We overly grateful to our partnership with WHOLE AGAIN and we look forward to another great well-fed summer!
Zion Global Ministries

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Whole Again every year. I work on one of their committees that plans a really cool event for the children, Fun To Be Fit Day. The kids love it and it so rewarding to see the children involved in healthy activities. Hats off to Whole Again!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Whole Again is an exceptional non-profit. They give back to children living in poverty. They meet the needs of at risk children in the summer months, when they are most at risk. God bless them all for what they do!!

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Whole Again for several years.The organization provides healthy meals, constructive activity and education for at risk children of Cincinnat,oh. The staff is well trained and inform, and enjoy interacting with the children. I look forward to volunteering each and every year. G. Johnson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Whole Again for many years. The children are very happy to receive the meals each day. The volunteer staff works well with the children. I think that Whole Again is a great organization and they do good work in Cincinnati. I wish that others would support them so that they could do even more.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Whole Again is reaching children in the community that are in most need of their services. They are making a difference in their lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our church runs an 8-week Summer Youth Program for low-income children, including breakfast and lunch. Whole Again makes it possible to provide nutritious food for the children by covering our costs for purchasing and preparing the meals. Thank you, Whole Again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without Whole Again, we at Washington United Church of Christ in Cincinnati would not be able to provide breakfast and lunch for 50-plus children from low-income families who attend our 8-week, Monday-Thursday Summer Youth Program. In addition to reimbursing our food and related costs, Whole Again provides opportunities for programming and special events for children.

1 SElaine J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wholesome and worthwhile. Promotes Christian values, faith, health and family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To whom it may Concern:

Good day, my name is Christopher Lee and I serve as the Senior Pastor of the Christ Memorial Baptist Church in the city of Cincinnati, nestled in the community of Bond Hill. During the summer of 2019, our church along with the Whole Again organization had the opportunity to Prather together to feed children that without this program would go without eating a well balanced meal the minimum of three times a day.

It was late when we were able to start and it was our hope to implement a camp that would serve as a safe place for the youth of our community. Upon doing research, we concluded that one of the barriers in our community was that many of the parents received vouchers for summer camp and daycare opportunities. Although our Community R.O.C.K.S. program was very affordable, we were unable to secure the amount of youth needed to continue to program. As such, we will gather our collective minds together and gleam from those programs that have sustained their partnership and program with Whole Again and attempt to do it again next year. Whole Again comes with very good resources, well maintained and trained professionals to assist with all the needs to implement a successful program and help to cultivate the young people in the city of Cincinnati. Whole Again is truly a organization that is built to nurture healthy and strong minds, bodies and souls.

It is our pleasure to partner with Whole Again and we look forward to building better relationships with the community, schools and social service organizations to further reach our youth. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (513) 242-1721 or by email at christmemorial2015@fuse.net
In His Service,

+Christopher R. Lee

1 Erwin G.

Advisor

Rating: 5

WholeAgain is an amazing ministry that positively impacts over a 1000 children each year, and resources some two dozen summer enrichment programs. I am fortunate to see the staff and volunteeers daily who make this possible, as they provide loving, highly effective, and dedicated leadership. Whole again is a proven five-star organization because it is run by a five-star team.

1 Writer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served with Whole Again for several years. It has been my privilege to be apart of the work Whole Again does. Whole Again fills a need for the Cincinnati area children living in Hamilton and Butler counties by feeding them nutritional meals and providing academic enrichment! Keep up the EXCELLENT work... You are making a difference!!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Whole Again is a premier organization that serves the Hamilton County area. They serve breakfast, lunch and weekend meals to Cincinnati's most vulnerable population--it's children!! Since 2005, Whole Again continues to perform these services using a permanent skeletal staff, seasonal summer staff and many volunteers to feed over 1,000 children annually at a number of site partner locations.

Although,Whole Again does a lot, they could impact thousands more with additional funding!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Whole Again provides an invaluable service for children in our city. I am an ongoing donor for this very worthy cause.

1

Board Member

Rating: 4

Whole Again has a great Fun to Be Fit Day event that engages children in an exciting and energetic way . The meals that are served during the summer meet an important need for the at risk youth children in our community. Well done!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Whole Again was amazing. A month prior to the summer my income was cut into half. Being a single mother with an active 8 year old i needed something for him to do in the summer. I needed some where he would be safe, active and feed. I couldn't afford some of the other summer camps in my area and/or they didn't meet our needs. Knowing my current struggle a friend directed me to Whole Again. I spoke with some of the staff and they directed me to a great site that meet all my needs. My son attended a site that was geared towards the art of dance. My son loved it. He was able to dance, learn new dance techniques, go on field trips and make new friends. It was good to know that he was having fun and most importantly he was safe and well feed. My son received a healthy breakfast and lunch everyday. Even on the weekends, he received a take home bag full of healthy foods and drinks. With having a lower income those weekend meals were a life saver. The staff is very caring and supporting of the children and their families. With all the negativity in the world and life struggles, I found peace knowing that my son was safe, well feed and having fun. I will definitely tell people I know about Whole again because it was truly a blessing for me especially in my hard financial times. My son is already looking forward to going next summer.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first year sending my 2 children to a Whole Again site. It was VERY affordable and was a full day program 5 days a week. The kids received 2 nutritious meals and even dinner to take home some days. They had 2 field trips a week and received educational services. We appreciate Whole Again and look forward to next summer!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with Whole Again for several yrs now ,they took the time to train me on how to handle foods and serve to children . Whole Again has been a God send for the children in the community . Thanks to this program children received at least two healthy meals per day . The staff at Whole Again was helpful , flexible ,Knowledgeable, and never to busy to take a call when I had questions. I would like to say from the children , the New Prospect church famiy and myself a BIG THANK YOU , looking forward to a long and healthy relationship for years to come .
Debbie Simpson

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Whole Again has been a powerful partner in our quest to ensure that the youth of Lockland and its surrounding neighborhoods receive the nourishment, educational support and love necessary to rebuild our communities.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whole again ha provide excellent communication and details to help my organization become a site to feed hungry children in my area.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a site of Whole Again International Summer Food program since 2015! The Villages at Roll Hill Community Center is located in the tenth poorest zip code of Ohio, with 703 families. Through "Whole Again" in 2015 we served 2,042 children meals, 2016: 2,205 children meals, 2017: 2,893 children meals and since June 11, 2018 - to the present we have served 745 children meals thus far! This is a BIG BLESSING!!
Thank you "Whole Again International" for making a difference in our children lives!!
Mrs. Lisa
Community Relations Coordinator
&
Ms. Laura
Supervisor of Summer Food Program

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at Whole Again International are great! When you're coordinating something as worthy and beneficial as providing services (summer camps &after school programs) to families in need, the last thing you want to worry about is how you're going to feed the children. The meals are always on time and if there was ever an issue, they were there to fix it right away. They are family to us and we're happy to be part of their family as well.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whole Again provides food and enrichment for Cincinnati urban youth during the summer months when the schools are closed. They are a wonderful group who use best practices while administering services to all who participate in their program. It's no wonder that the numbers of site partners is constantly increasing every year!

1 Kelly A.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whole Again has supported the Su Casa Hispanic Center for 13 years and our summer enrichment program for young children since 2008.

Su Casa's Vacaciones Útiles serves about 60 children from pre-k to the second grade each summer. Whole Again provides breakfast and lunch for all of our kids every day of the summer camp. Additionally, Whole Again provides food for families to bring home on the weekends. These meals are very important during the summer for low-income families and children that are not getting nutritious food at school.

The parents appreciated the weekend meals greatly-- we gave out extra food at the end of each day and week, and we never had any left over! I know this is a valuable resource that helped to feed kids and their families in the area.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whole Again is a great supporter of the community, helping reduce the summer learning lag in children, while at the same time providing healthy breakfasts and lunches and nutrition education, all of which is invaluable to childhood development

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whole Again, their staff and many volunteers, have touched so many lives In Greater Cincinnati. Not just with the meals, education and ‘Fun to be Fit’ for children, but also the community through the engagement and inspiration of Pastor Chandler. As Whole Again was a multi-year investee of Social Venture Partners Cincinnati, we have been proud of their growth in community impact, but every one of us working with them has grown as well in understanding the issues and how a full belly can help to overcome. Best of luck and keep up the good work!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Whole Again does excellent outreach ministry to the children of Greater Cincinnati

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Whole Again is an amazing organization. I've worked with them as a volunteer, committee member and board member. Each year, Whole Again's reach expands to positively impact the lives of children and families in Cincinnati. I am honored to work with this organization. I pray that others will see this change in the community and will want to help Whole Again reach even more children.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for many years. Whole Again provides a valuable service to the community and it continues every year. I am proud to sponsor their work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whole Again has had a very consistent program for 14 years. They are actively involved in the lives of children in our community. The children have to depend upon.

1 Annette I. B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is because of Whole Again International the reason The Union Foundation got involved with doing a Summer Food and Enrichment Program. Our organization has been able to feed over 600 children a healthy breakfast and lunch for free, educate them to prevent summer learning lost, and go on different outings during the summer. We thank Pastor Chandler for his vision.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a frequent volunteer with Whole Again. They provide healthy meals and constructive activity for children in need. This programs teaches them to eat better. It is wonderful to see how Whole Again has grown over the years. A friend of mine has all 3 of her great grandchildren at the Whole Again site at New Prospect Baptist Church. This gives her much needed relief in the summer and the children's lives are enriched as a result of participating.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Whole Again has been a great help to the City of Cincinnati by providing nourishment and educational enrichment to all these children. This has helped them on the road to becoming productive members of society. I previously served as a volunteer board member and now serve on the advisory board. They deserve 5 stars!!

1 Karin E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

NEST Community Learning Center partnered with Whole Again to provide nutritious lunches to the at-risk kids in our Loveland Community. Whole Again was fantastic in providing training and support for our first year. We had the added challenge of being their first outdoor site. They did a great job being flexible with our needs and we appreciated their support.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every summer when school is out, I am extremely grateful for the role Whole Again plays in empowering and equipping churches to feed children - body, mind and spirit. Our children, their families and their communities all benefit from Whole Again's effort to help people put their faith in action.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This community houses 703 families located in the 10th poorest zip code, of the 1,000 zip codes in the State of Ohio. The average family makes $14,000 dollars or less per year. Whole Again has provided a very much needed nutrition free lunch program, for the 100 children at the Villages at Roll Hill Community Center for the past 3 summers. By providing meals, 5 days a week, during the summer, allows the families funds to last longer in the month! The meals are not only nutrition, they are very much liked by the children! Whole Again provides 3 hot meals and 2 cold meals; per week, which are some of the children only hot meals over the summer. This non-profit has touch so many family lives and is such a blessing to this community.
This is why I feel that they should be recognize as a great non-profit!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Sherri Harris and I had worked with Whole Again last summer at Consolation Baptist Church. The meals and the staff with Whole Again are very professional. The goals that they have for the food program are wonderful. The chance to make a difference in a child's life has been unforgettable.

1 Sherri R.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

This Organization has been feeding thousands Children in the Cincinnati area through a summer program during the most vulnerable season of poor children's lives. Love this organization!
Sherri R