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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.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Thanksgiving Food Distribution will be a drive-thru model held off site.

Where: Cincinnati Museum Center parking lot (1301 Western Ave. 45203)

When: Tuesday, November 24, 9am-2pm

We are asking all neighbors to wear a mask and remain in their car.

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.


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.

Due to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not holding our traditional coat distributions this year. Instead, we are issuing vouchers for coats that can be redeemed at any of our seven Cincinnati thrift stores. Neighbors in need of a coat should contact their Conference or call our help line at 513-421-0602. Vouchers will be extended, based on availability of coats, from November 15, 2020 through January 28, 2021. All vouchers must be redeemed within 30 days of being issued.

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


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.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Christmas Food Distribution will be a drive-thru model.  Meals will be distributed from the Neyer Outreach Center beginning December 7, until supply runs out.

Any neighbor in need is eligible to participate. The zip code limit that generally applies to our pantry is not be 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.

As of 12/21/2020, all Christmas meals have already been distributed.  


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.




Fan and Air Conditioner Distributions

With the kind of sweltering heat that settles over the Tri-State each summer, many of our neighbors are susceptible to the dangers of heat exposure. To help them beat the heat, St. Vincent de Paul gives away nearly 1,000 free fans and air conditioners each summer.

Fans are given out on a first-come, first-served basis during three distribution days. Recipients must provide an ID, fill out a waiver and can only receive one fan every other year.

Air conditioners are given out to those with verified health issues throughout the summer. Documentation of medical need and a photo ID are required. Individuals needing an air conditioner should contact St. Vincent de Paul’s Help Line at 513-421-0602 to apply.

Applications begin May 1. Recipients of air conditioners must provide a doctor’s note stating the medical need for an AC.  Appointments are scheduled for approved neighbors to pick up an air conditioner. There is a limit of one air conditioner per household, and households are eligible to receive an air conditioner once every five years.