Host Your Own Drive

Every year, St. Vincent de Paul provides food, coats, personal care items and other services to more than 100,000 individuals in need. But we couldn’t do it without you. While we hold large drives with businesses and sports teams around town that tend to generate a lot of publicity and attention, a great deal of the goods that we are able to distribute come from generous individuals like you who conduct their own drives and collections.

Every Drive Makes a Big Difference

We love when people put together drives on their own at their businesses, schools or events. Each and every drive makes a difference for struggling families in our community, and we want to encourage those efforts and make them as easy and successful as possible by providing drive support material, containers, a list of most-needed items and other information.

Common collections are for food or personal care items that are immediately sorted and distributed through our food pantry network to local families in need, or clothes and household goods that are distributed through our thrift stores. Items donated to thrift stores are given our free-of-charge to neighbors in need through a voucher system or sold with proceeds benefiting the many programs of St. Vincent de Paul.

If you are holding a drive on our behalf or need other assistance, please let us know. Contact Renee Berlon at

Most-Needed Food Pantry Items

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned protein (such as tuna or chicken)
  • Cereal
  • “Meals-in-a-Can,” such as Ravioli, Beef Stew, etc.
  • Low sodium/lite syrup canned veggies & fruits
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Brown rice

Most-Needed Personal Care Items

  • Body wash
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Razors
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Tooth brushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Diapers (larger-sized preferred – size 6 & pull-ups)
  • Baby wipes

Most Needed Thrift Store Items

  • Clothing and jewelry
  • Clean, usable furniture
  • Household items
  • Small appliances
  • Shoes (Men’s and children’s are especially needed)
  • Household decorations
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Tools
  • Sporting goods, bikes and toys
  • Dishes, pots and pans
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Baby products

Convenient Drop Off

Food and personal care items can be dropped off at our Don and Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center, 1146 Bank Street in the West End. Thrift store items can be picked up for free by calling 513-421-CARE (2273) or dropped off at any of our seven locations across Cincinnati or one of our convenient donation boxes.