In accordance with its charter, the Needy Basket was founded in 1946 to provide food and other assistance to needy families in Tipp City, Monroe Township, and Bethel Township in Miami County, Ohio. It has been a mainstay of the community ever since. As the community grew so have the demands on the Needy Basket. Requests for food have increased from 522 in 2009 to 1,554 in 2020. The need exists in our community today in spite of a strong national economy.
Any resident in our service area (Tipp City, Monroe or Bethel Townships) may apply for Needy Basket help if he/she can show proof of residence in our service area and certify that their total household income is less than the poverty level for a household of their size (refer to the Ohio Job and Family Services take home form (JFS 04221) published in July of each year. Click on the sidebar tab "Eligibility to take food home form JFS 04221" to see this form.
Facilities and Operating Times
Needy Basket maintains a food storage and distribution facility at the rear of 330 South Fifth Street in Tipp City, Ohio. Operating hours are:
Monday -- 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
Wednesday -- 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon
Thursday -- 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Needy Basket depends on food and monetary contributions to be successful, and our community has always provided overwhelming support. Support comes from individuals, schools, churches, local businesses and individual grants; all too numerous to mention here. All donations to the Needy Basket are tax-deductible. Also, the following organizations have been consistent, strong supporters of our efforts: The United Way of Miami County, The Paul G. Duke Foundation, The Tipp City Foundation, Thrivent Financial Choice, the Meijer “Simply Give” Program, and the Shared Harvest Food Bank. We hope you will investigate and consider supporting the many other worthy Miami County charitable organizations by visiting their web sites.