Loveland, Ohio – The LIFE Food Pantry recently added “Jora Jr.” to the compost farm behind the pantry. This 70-gallon capacity composter joins the larger 106-gallon Jora installed in May. These fully insulated composters are highly efficient at decomposing unusable fruits, vegetables, and bread leftover from the pantry operations.

The Panty is dedicated to keeping as much as possible, waste from their operation, out of the normal collection stream so it doesn’t end up in Rumpke’s landfill.

Their first compost harvest was in May, and through August, volunteers Nancy Garfinkel and Peggy Goodwin have delivered 930 pounds of compost to help the Loveland Learning Gardens (formerly Granny’s Garden) across the street on the campus of the Loveland Primary and Elementary schools.

Having fully insulated composters ensures the temperature of the compost remains high enough in cooler weather that the microbes, worms, etc., stay alive and active enough to break down the mulch into the most usable organic matter.

    LIFE is looking for volunteers! They have openings to sort, stock and manage donations, and to work with clients during normal Food Pantry hours.

You can use the online LIFE Food Pantry sign up to learn about available positions and sign up to volunteer. If you are signing up for the first time, please begin with the backroom position, which will provide a good understanding of how the pantry operates, before you volunteer to work with clients. “We appreciate and welcome all new volunteers!”


LIFE is a faith and community supported organization that provides food, financial assistance, and programs to those experiencing hardship.

  • Scheduling, set up, organizing the sorting and dating of donations. Stocking of pantry needs.
  • Communicating with donor organizations.
  • Inventory control of storage units and pantry.
  • Help organize the Pass It On Loveland School Drive for LIFE Holiday Food Baskets.
  • 541 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, Ohio 45140
  • (513) 583-8222