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LSS Choice Food Pantry Awarded Funds by John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio is one of 62 non-profit organizations in northwest Ohio to be awarded money from the John Henry Eldred Jr. Foundation.The Choice Food Pantry at LSS will receive $25,000, part of the $1.3 million awarded by the Foundation."We are honored to support the...

“Unexpected blessing”: LSS serves thousands in 2023

The numbers are impressive by themselves. In 2023, Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio impacted the lives of more than 30,000 individuals across the region with our various services.While that number is huge, it can be hard to truly visualize what that impact means on a personal...

LSS seeking sponsors for third annual Stock the Shelves event

With the demand in the LSS of Northwestern Ohio Emergency Choice Food Pantry continuing to grow, help from generous donors is needed to keep serving individuals at our current pace.Our third annual Stock the Shelves donation event will be held at our Toledo office (2149 Collingwood Blvd.) from 11...

LSS distributes checks to Point Place residents for disaster relief

While the catastrophic storms that ripped through the Point Place area of Toledo happened back in June, a trip through the neighborhoods shows how many residents are still struggling with repairs. Seeing a need in their community, a group of pastors in Point Place came together to create the Point...

Kara Ross "honored and grateful" to be intern at LSS Findlay office

As a teacher, Kara Ross always enjoyed the social-emotional aspect of education, so much so that it prompted her look into leaving the classroom. Kara is an intern at the Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio Findlay office. She is currently studying at the Winebrenner Theological...

"You can't give a smile without it making you feel better"

Volunteers vital to success of LSS For some families and individuals in Toledo and northwest Ohio, it’s becoming harder and harder to keep healthy food on the table.That’s where Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio steps in, helping 2,381 individuals from June through September of 2023....

Whitnee Smith works for employees and employers as ERN Success Coach

When an employee is ready to tackle the next steps in their life, but they need to take care of immediate questions and problems, that’s where Whitnee Smith comes in.Whitnee is the Shared Success Employer Resource Network® Success Coach who is on-site at Gayle’s workplace, TH Plastics in Bowling...

Community raises food, funds for LSS Stock the Shelves

For the second time, Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio put out a call for help, asking the community to donate food and money to our Emergency Choice Food Pantry.And for the second consecutive year, the people of Toledo and northwest Ohio answered.LSS hosted its second annual Stock the...

Donate to LSS of Northwestern Ohio on #GivingTuesday2023

Now in its 11th year, Giving Tuesday will again inspire individuals to give to nonprofits worldwide. Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio has participated in Giving Tuesday since its inception, with the goal to raise $1,000 that first year. This year’s Giving Tuesday is on November 28....

Pre-Medical & Health Sciences Academy students volunteer in pantry

Toledo Pre-Medical and Health Sciences Academy students were volunteering their time at Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio Emergency Choice Food Pantry on Saturday morning. The students had collected donations for the pantry during a recent "fun walk" event at the school's campus on...

Whitnee Smith hired as ERN Success Coach

Describing herself as a "people person," new ERN Success Coach Whitnee Smith is ready to start making a difference for people in the community. "I especially enjoy making connections and finding ways to alleviate if not remove barriers which is exactly what this job entails," Whitnee said. Whitnee...

TPS Family Stabilization Program Details

As Toledo Public School system families continue to seek assistance with rent and utility payments, Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio wants to remind applicants of some critical information: All applicants must email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need...