In 1986, the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) was founded by a group of twelve community churches and the Madisonville Community Council to pool the community’s resources and better serve individuals and families with critical needs. With no organization providing direct emergency services within the 45227 zip code at that time, there were no mechanisms in place to make sure that residents did not seek help from multiple area churches, nor was there any way to ensure that the individuals would be better off in the long-term. Through MEAC’s coordinated approach, duplication of services would be eliminated and more effective planning and administration would be possible.
For over two decades, MEAC has been providing vital assistance, primarily in the form of food, clothing, rent and utility assistance to individuals and families who reside in the 45227 zip code area (Fairfax, Madison Place, Madisonville, and Mariemont). In 2003, the neighboring communities in the 45226, 45208, and 45209 zip code areas (Oakley, East End, Hyde Park) were added to its service area. In 2007, MEAC began offering the Ohio Benefit Bank to assist clients with filling out applications for public benefits such as food stamps, medical benefits, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. In 2009, MEAC began offering a preschool literacy program for children ages 3-5. In 2010, we expanded the Early Literacy Program to help children through 3rd grade. We also converted the food pantry to a Rainbow of Colors Choice Food Pantry, which categorizes food according to the food pyramid and provides nutritional education so that clients can make more informed decisions about what foods they choose to eat. MEAC also partners with the Ohio State University Extension to provide a series of financial education courses called Money Talk$. In an effort to help people move toward self-sufficiency, MEAC also continues to provide referrals to other community agencies for services, including additional education, job training, job placement, and substance abuse counseling.
MEAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the support of over twenty community churches. It collaborates with the City of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati–Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA), the Freestore Foodbank, The Children’s Home, and the Ohio State University Extension – partnerships that have greatly increased MEAC’s ability to fulfill its mission.
To offer help and hope to our neighbors in crisis by meeting their basic needs and providing education that enables them to navigate their way out of poverty.
MEAC’s vision is that all people in Madisonville are self-sufficient.
Center for Spiritual Living
Cincinnati Bible Way
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Gaines United Methodist
Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist
Greater Liberty Baptist
Hyde Park Community United Methodist
Indian Hill Episcopal-Presbyterian
Korean-Madisonville United Methodist
Madisonville Church of God
Mariemont Community Church
New Mission Missionary Baptist
St. Anthony Catholic
St. Mary Catholic
St. Paul Lutheran
St. Paul United Methodist
Board of Trustees
Doug Bierer, Chair
Walter Raines, Vice Chair
Kevin Summers, Secretary
Beth Ehrsam, Treasurer