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Seasonal Programs

We’re busy helping all year

Throughout the year we offer various programs designed to meet the needs of our neighbors at that particular time. The programs include:


Thanksgiving Food Distribution

Thanksgiving is a holiday built around gathering family at the dinner table, giving thanks and chowing down. To help with this holiday tradition, St. Vincent de Paul gives out Thanksgiving food baskets, which include a turkey, all of the traditional side items, desserts and everything needed to create a great meal.

Any neighbor in need is eligible to participate in the Thanksgiving Food Distribution. There is no need to sign up in advance, although a photo ID is required on the day of the distribution.

Please check back in November 2021 for more information on when and where our Thanksgiving Meal Distribution will take place.


Coat Distributions

Cincinnati winters can be anywhere from fair to frigid, so each winter we give away free coat distributions for our neighbors in need.

A photo ID for all family members receiving a coat is required.

In 2021, St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati will host 3 distribution days for neighbors in need of a coat. Please check back in early November for more information on when and where those distributions will take place.


Christmas Food Distribution

Presents under the tree is often the highlight of Christmas day, but the Christmas dinner with family can’t be forgotten, and to help St. Vincent de Paul hands out everything needed for a good meal—a ham, veggies, fruit, rolls, dessert—to those in need.

Any neighbor in need is eligible to participate. The zip code limit that generally applies to our pantry is not in place for the distribution. There is no need to sign up in advance, although a photo ID is required on the day of the distribution.

Please check back in early December for more details on how to receive a meal for Christmas 2021.


Christmas Gift Programs

St. Vincent de Paul offers several Christmas gift programs for families in need. Families are invited to apply for these programs. Applying does not guarantee a spot in one of our programs, and participants are chosen based on their application, not on a first-come, first-served basis. You are eligible to receive assistance every other year.


All applications for holiday gift assistance must be submitted by October 15, 2021 to be considered. Click here to be taken to the application page.

Neighbors are eligible to receive holiday assistance from SVDP this year if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must live in Hamilton County
  • Must have at least one child aged 17 or younger in the household
  • Must not have received gift assistance in 2020

Please note that you will be required to submit a copy of your photo ID and a document with the name and date of birth for each child in order for your application to be considered complete.


Fan and Air Conditioner Distribution

***This program has closed for 2021. Please check back in May 2022 for more information.***

Need help staying cool this summer?

Box fans will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at our Neyer Outreach Center starting May 3, 2021. Recipients must provide a photo ID and can only receive one fan every other year. Limit of one fan per household. Please call us at 513-562-8850 before arriving to pick up a fan.

Individuals in need of an air conditioner may apply online beginning May 3, 2021. To qualify to receive an AC, neighbors must be 65-years-old or older or have a medical need. If you need help filling out the application, please give us a call at 513-421-0602. Completing an application does not guarantee receipt of an AC, as supplies are limited. There is a limit of one air conditioner per household, and households are eligible to receive an air conditioner once every five years. Program staff will review applications and contact eligible neighbors to set up an appointment to receive the AC. A photo ID is required for pick up.

Please note that households may receive either an AC or a fan, but not both.