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Causes: Christianity, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Religion

Mission: CAIN is a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community.

Results: In 2015, CAIN provided critical necessities to 1,176 households – over 23% of all the 12,147 people who live in the 45223 area. Our Choice Pantry provided food and hygiene items over 4,600 times. Households visited an average of 4.43 times a year to choose food, including fresh produce; household, hygiene and baby items. There were a total of 5,204 visits which touched 13,378 people. Seven women were housed at Grace Place shelter. Phil’s Place volunteers and staff organized free meals on 51 Mondays serving an average of 80 people weekly. Through it all, we prayed with hundreds of guests, dried thousands of tears, and served countless cups of coffee.

Target demographics: low-income and under-resourced households at or below 200% of the poverty level

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 families each month with food, shelter and/or other essentials.

Geographic areas served: 45223 zipcode of Cincinnati, OH

Programs: Rainbow Choice Food Pantry; Phil's Place weekly community meal and Grace Place Shelter for women and children.

Community Stories

174 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

CAIN is a good resource for help and food. CAIN helped feed me and my son. People at CAIN are really kind and helpful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff and people here are very nice. Everyone is warm and wonderful. The cook -- kiss her and bless her hands! I learned how to cook zucchini and squash at CAIN. I never thought that I would like it, but when I tasted the ingredients at CAIN, I had to go home and make it. Now I know how to cook it. So CAIN taught me a healthy, quick dish!

If this place wasn't here, it would be horrible. Since we don't have a grocery store, CAIN provides the services that the community needs. And it's free, so it really helps out a lot. The products are always fresh. CAIN meets our needs from hygiene to food -- everything. And we leave here with a warm stomach, so if someone comes here hungry, they won't leave hungry.

2 Judy48

Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN always keeps their guests as the main focus and volunteers and staff treat guests with compassion, respect and affection.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CAIN treats each guest with dignity and affection and the focus on healthy food helps to improve the lives of the guests CAIN serves.

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2 Northsidefarmersmarket N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAIN is a wonderful service for people that live in Northside in Cincinnati, which is a food desert. As manager of the Northside Farmers Market, we partner with CAIN on many of our efforts to increase food access in our area. They have been instrumental in making sure our vendors do not have waste food or their efforts by allowing them to donate unsold food for distribution at the food pantry the next morning. CAIN continues to support the farmers market with special projects, such as cooking on a budget. We have collaboratively developed a recipe brochure with five recipes that feeds a family of 4 for $50, all with items found at the market. Additionally, we offer cooking classes to learn how to make the recipes. CAIN is truly a wonderful organization that helps a lot of people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are helping in the neighborhood in a large variety of ways and have continued to change their role at the needs change.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of Northside Farmers Market and a resident of Northside, I've seen the great work CAIN has done in the realm of food access. I am thankful to be a member of a community that serves it's citizens as diligently as the folks at CAIN.

2 Alice E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm on the board of the Northside Farmers' Market. We have a longstanding relationship with CAIN that has helped us implement a program of accepting SNAP benefits and offering Produce Perks to our lower income customers. Our neighborhood is currently a food desert, and our partnership with CAIN has helped us offer good quality food, creative recipes, and cooking training to people of ALL income levels.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters and I worked to help stock CAIN's shelves for their Christmas Angel event. This allows struggling families to come and "shop" for gifts for the holidays. CAIN does an amazing job of rallying people and businesses to provide a solid assortment of gifts for their guests to choose from. Our efforts involved sorting and shelving books. I remember what a pleasure it was to me to get a book at Christmas. It's wonderful to be able to help that happen for other families. CAIN strives, more than any other charity with which I've had contact, to treat the people who come through their door with respect and care. They empower their guests to wisely navigate difficult circumstances.

2 cyndiscraig

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have lived from one end of the country to the other and volunteered in many places. CAIN is, by far, my favorite. From its humble beginnings, it is absolutely amazing how it has grown under the quiet guidance of Mimi Chamberlain. I am honored to have been a part of this organization for a period of my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I have moved away from the state (live in San Diego) I still visit C.A.I.N. when I make a trip back home. They are always so gracious and welcoming to me even though they are usually very, very busy with clients. It reminds me of how gracious and welcoming they are to EVERYONE that steps across their threshold. C.A.I.N. has been in operation form many years yet their enthusiasm and respect for those in need is just as new and encompassing as they were in the early days. What a wonderful operation they run. I am glad to say I was a part of the C.A.I.N. family.....and still feel I am.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


I am very proud to be a Rainbow Pantry volunteer at CAIN. The guests are always treated warmly and with respect Helping them to choose canned goods, personal and cleaning items, meat and fresh produce in that atmosphere is very rewarding to the volunteers. As a donor, a volunteer and a former board member, I can state that CAIN is definitely a nonprofit with hospitality, integrity and a huge heart for the residents of Northside.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a board member and a volunteer at CAIN, I am very glad to be a part of their work. Everyone takes their commitment to the guests and the mission very seriously. The pantry staff and volunteers do an excellent job of providing healthy choices for families and singles in the Northside community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year ago I started volunteering at CAIN's food pantry. Every Tuesday I look forward to being with the other volunteers who are becoming my friends and assisting shoppers with their grocery needs. Everyone is treated with grace and smiles. The volunteers are happy to help and the guests are grateful for the opportunity to fill their pantry and feed their families. CAIN is a great place with great plans for the future!

3 Claire Darley

Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN food pantry has been "practicing" service to people in need in Northside for over 25 years. Though the needs of residents have remained similar over that time, the range of goods and services that CAIN provides has expanded enormously to include free tax preparation, free haircuts, demos and tasting of recipes made from available produce, enormous choices among healthy foods and hygiene products, links and access to assistance with rent, utilities, medicaid, EBT cards, job training within greater Cincinnati, and a Christmas gift selection opportunity for about 400 families. CAIN also provides a "voice" in community decisions, for those experiencing poverty, through its participation in the Farmer Market, Apple Street Market, Community Council, Business Association and the monthly articles in Northsider newspaper. CAIN has earned enormous support from residents contributing monthly and annually, financially and in volunteer hours. CAIN is a food pantry and a crisis ministry center, welcoming guests with respect and ever-expanding, forward thinking services.
CAIN's support by United Way is an acknowledgement of the numerous ways CAIN supports guests through and out of poverty.
Sometimes I consider volunteering somewhere else, but when I count all the ways CAIN is a gift of love and empowerment to hundreds of children and adults, no other opportunity to serve compares.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For over 15 years I have volunteered at CAIN and have been a Board member for 4 years. Of NorthChurch mission partners, CAIN is the largest recipient of our funding. CAIN serves an absolutely crucial role in our community, providing a measure of food security, and also as a place of trust for guests to unburden themselves through prayer and compassionate listening. A spirit of creativity and hope flows from our Executive Director and staff through to volunteers and cycles back to us from the appreciation and acknowledgement of the guests. Love is alive at CAIN!

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2 Katie158

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer on Monday Nights at the food pantry. I really like how friendly the staff and other volunteers are, not only with the other volunteers but the clients as well. CAIN does an amazing job with pushing nutrition into the food pantry experience as well, which is rare for food pantries.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Valerie Walker and I am a proud board member of CAIN (Churches Active in Northside). I discovered CAIN when my church was located in Northside thirteen years ago. The need to not only feed people, but empower them to feed themselves was why I became personally involved. One visit to Phil's Place, the community meal, or the pantry will change your perspective about how necessary this service is to our neighbors, neighborhood and city.

2 Steve131

Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN is a fabulous organization that provide food and other emergency assistance to neighbors in need in the Northside community. More than that--its cadre of staff and volunteers provide love, a listening ear, a friendly smile, a warm hug, for hundreds of individuals and families who benefit as much from knowing that someone cares about them as from the actual material support. CAIN Cares!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great non-profit in a dynamic neighborhood. Really grounded in the spirit of Matthew 25. I am proud to be a member and volunteer. Our church--Clifton United Methodist Church--loves to work with CAIN!

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3 Susan432

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'am so grateful for Cain worker's they are awesome people . I'am always greeted with a smile , they make me feel welcome and are very helpful in my pantry choices. They care about you and never look down on you for coming there when you need help.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CAIN is an extraordinary place. Community members that come to get food at the pantry are treated individually, like guests, with dignity and respect. Time is taken to understand each guest's situation and see what other services and/or referrals can be offered. Everyone at CAIN cares!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at CAIN for the last year has been a blessing to me because I'm able to reach out with the love of Christ within a well-run structure that is ever evolving and improving. The pantry provides healthy food, and goes out of its way to provide lots of fresh produce. The volunteers and staff go the second mile to listen and to learn from our guests. Some of our guests have told me that they came for the joyful interaction they experience as well as for the food. And I believe the volunteers feel the same way about our guests. CAIN is really a community in Christ.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always loved volunteering here. Getting the one-on-one interaction with each guest that came through, learning about their lives and stories, and being a part of their lives and helping them out has really broadened perspectives for me. My time at CAIN always brought me life and joy in being able to help feed families in the Cincinnati area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer and donor to CAIN for eight years. I can't think of a more important mission than making sure people get food, and healthy food, at that, when they need it. The volunteers work hard to provide healthy food. I am always amazed at the kindness and compassion shown to our guests when they visit CAIN. The atmosphere is so warm and welcoming for those who are going through difficult times. The staff at CAIN is cautious about making sure all the donations are used to fulfill the mission in a no-frills manner.

2 Alexander K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAIN is dedicated to improving the lives of people in my community and they do an amazing job of carrying out their mission. CAIN is action oriented and maintains an impressive pace in their actions. People are being served daily and it's being done in a professional yet personal way that inspires those around them.