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Spotlight on Lizz Kelly, Volunteer Manager

Lizz Kelly joined The Foodbank just a year and a half ago, but has already made a huge splash. Lizz has accomplished a lot in her short tenure, increasing the number of volunteers, voluLiz awardnteer time, and volunteer retention. We would like to congratulate Lizz for winning the Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award, presented by MVAVA (Miami Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators). One of our own volunteers went out of his way to nominate and write a recommendation letter. This dedication shows how much Lizz puts in to each and every volunteer. She makes them feel welcome and special!  Lizz is very deserving of this award and we would like to thank Lizz for being a dedicated and delightful employee who brings a smile to all of our volunteers!

Good-to-Go Backpack Program

Feeding Rumbly Tummies over the Weekend

Imagine a backpack, full of food instead of school supplies. There are many children throughout The Foodbank’s service area that receive free or reduced lunches at school. But over the weekend, these same children are at a high risk of going hungry. The Good-to-Go Backpack program addresses the needs of over 1,000 of these children throughout the area.

The Good-to-Go Backpacks include:

  • 1 stable-ready 1% white milk
  • 1 stable-ready chocolate milk
  • 1 canned pasta
  • 1 canned vegetable
  • 1 juice
  • 1 fruit
  • 1 snack
  • 1 fruit snack
  • 1 peanut butter/jelly tube
  • 2 puddings
  • 2 cereals

Backpack with peanut butter

Every weekend, The Foodbank sends 1,400 backpacks to hungry children, to help keep them fed over the weekend. Good-to-Go backpacks are sent home with specifically identified children every Friday throughout the school year. Each backpack is filled with food children can take home and eat over the weekend. The food is kid-friendly, easy-open and easily prepared. No one but the child knows what is in his or her backpack, thus maintaining the dignity of each participant.

Below is a list of the organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Dayton
  • Cleveland PreK-8
  • Dayton Christian Center
  • Dayton Leadership Academy
  • Dixie Elementary (New Lebanon)
  • E.J. Brown PreK-8 School
  • East End Kids Café
  • Fairview Pre-K-8 School
  • John Morrison Elementary (Northridge)
  • Liberty Worship Center Kids Café
  • Louise Troy Pk-3 School
  • Madison Park Elementary (Trotwood Madison )
  • Memorial UCC
  • River’s Edge Montessori PreK-6
  • Saville Elementary School (Mad River Local)
  • Trotwood Early Learning Center (Trotwood Madison)
  • Virginia Stevenson School (Mad River)
  • Wright Elementary (Fairborn)
  • Xenia Community Schools

11-23-2014 Gobbler Gives Bike Tour

Ride a bike and make a difference at Gobbler Gives Bike Tour

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Join The Foodbank Dayton and Tomfoolery Outdoors for a food delivery by bicycle. The Gobbler Gives Bike Tour will celebrate the season of giving with a fun bike ride and food drive. Load up your baskets, backpacks, and trailers with food items and then pedal 17 miles from from the first destination, Adventures on the Great Miami, to the second destination at The Foodbank.

At The Foodbank celebrate with fellow riders as we weigh food, enjoy music, snacks, and warehouse tours. Your load will be a lot lighter as we ride 17 miles back to Adventures on the Great Miami, after dropping off your food. At the finish line, enjoy a sense of pride for giving to those in need and being active! If that isn’t enough, we have live music and organic Turkey legs from Bowman Landes Farm.

Entry fee is $40 per person that includes celebrations at the half way mark and finish line. Food and proceeds benefit The Foodbank Dayton. Online registration closes at noon on November 21. Ride day registration is available for $50. Ride begins at Noon.

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MOTORCYCLE DIVISION ADDED:

Motorcycle riders will have a chance to join the Gobbler Gives Bike Tour with a route that will begin at Adventures on the Great Miami, travel to Buckeye Harley Davidson, and other surprise stops before joining the halfway celebration at The Foodbank Dayton. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to bring donated food items to deliver to the Foodbank on their bikes. All riders will enjoy a finish line celebration with the bicyclists at Adventures on the Great Miami to show we can share the road and all have fun on two wheels.

Registration for motorcycle riders is from 1:15-1:45 pm with ride leaving at 2 pm. On-line registration is $40 and $50 on day of ride! all riders.

“We are so proud to support the Foodbank Dayton with a bike ride that promotes being active during the holiday season and celebrates the spirit of giving with a food drive by bicycle. I can’t wait to see how much food we collect” Tom Helbig, Tomfoolery Outdoors.

Register for the ride at www.greatmiami.net/gobbler-gives-bike-tour

“We are so excited to see people getting active while making a difference in so many lives. Each dollar raised will provide four meals for those in need and the food delivered with prevent many from going hungry during the holidays!” Lora Davenport, Foodbank Dayton.

Gobbler Gives Bike Tour is a production of Tomfoolery Outdoors. Tomfoolery Outdoors is focused on encouraging people to live an active outdoor lifestyle with a smile on their face. The company mantra is to Live Active, Laugh More and Inspire All.  Learn more at www.facebook.com/tomfooleryoutdoors

Adventures on the Great Miami is proud host of the Gobbler Gives Bike Tour. They specialize in canoe/kayak rentals, camping, special events, private gatherings and bicycle friendly activities that remind people everyday is an adventure. Learn more at www.greatmiami.net

The Foodbank Dayton benefits from the Gobbler Gives Bike Tour as a proud recipient of all food donated and proceeds from entry fees. The Foodbank has served as the primary source of food for the hunger relief network in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank– the only one of its kind in the area – nourishes the hunger relief efforts of the community through the acquisition and distribution of food to agencies that feed hungry people throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for more than 100 member programs that serve as the charitable hunger relief network in the area.

If you would like more information, please contact Tom Helbig at 937-417-2228 or email at tom@tomfooleryoutdoors.com.

Waffle House Fundraiser on September 13th

STAR Touring & Riding Dayton Chapter 325 is hosting a fundraiser at Waffle House in Miamisburg this Saturday from 2 to 9 pm to benefit The Foodbank. Invite your friends and family to come and have a good time! Be sure to tell the server you are there for Spirit Night. Enjoy your meal knowing you are helping to feed others!

  • Where: Waffle House at 2959 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Rte. 725), Miamisburg, OH 45342
  • When: Saturday, September 13 from 2pm to 9pm

Waffle House Fundraiser

Now Hiring Warehouse/Driver Position!!

Good employees are welcome at The Foodbank, Inc. 

We are accepting applications until September 5, 2014

We will train entry level warehouse / driver positions that start at $11.00 per hour. After completing a 90 day probationary period, there is a paid benefit package. Individuals applying must meet the following requirements:

1. A team player
2. Valid driving license accompanied with a good driving record
3. Able to pass drug / background check

Applications must be completed at 56 Armor Place Dayton, 45417 between the hours of 9:00 am- 3:00 pm Monday-Friday.

Groupon to Host Fundraiser for The Foodbank

The Foodbank and Groupon Grassroots (http://grassroots.groupon.com), the philanthropic arm of Groupon, is launching a local campaign to provide nutritious meals to hungry families in the Miami Valley.

The Foodbank Groupon Grassroots campaign will be available on the Dayton Groupon Grassroots page beginning on Thursday, May 15th and running through Thursday, May 22nd. Utilizing Groupon Grassroots’ collective action model, Groupon subscribers can pledge support for The Foodbank Groupon Grassroots campaign initiative in increments of $10 with each $10 donation providing 40 meals.

Every dollar donated to The Foodbank translates in to 4 meals. The Foodbank is committed to relieving hunger through the acquisition and distribution of food to hungry people throughout the Miami Valley.

“We’re excited to leverage the collective action model of Groupon Grassroots to raise support to provide food to those in need,” said Michelle Riley, CEO of The Foodbank. “We look forward to creating new awareness for The Foodbank as one of the local organizations in Dayton to be featured on Groupon Grassroots.”

One hundred percent of the Groupon Grassroots campaign proceeds will be used to provide support to furthering the mission of The Foodbank.

Dayton Power and Light Partners with The Foodbank for Energy Savings

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Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) is partnering with The Foodbank and other area food pantries to distribute 160,000 energy efficient light bulbs to help families reduce their energy costs.

 

Families served will receive free ENERGY STAR certified Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs from DP&L, kicking off on Earth Day. The free CFLs will help families save on their energy costs, allowing them to make other needed purchases.

CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and can save $30 or more in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb.  The average home has 40 light bulb sockets.  When incandescent bulbs are replaced with energy efficient CFLs, families may receive up to $1,200 in savings.

“Using CFLs can mean significant energy savings for our customers and DP&L is proud to partner with The Foodbank and local food pantries to help those who need a hand,” said DP&L President and CEO, Derek A. Porter.

 The CFL giveaway is another way DP&L contributes to the community through local food pantries for residents of the Miami Valley. Each year, DP&L and DPL employees also donate to food drives and pantries throughout our 24-county service area and volunteer their time to these organizations. The Foodbank, located at 56 Armor Place in Dayton, will be hosting the kickoff CFL distribution today.

 “DP&L offers generous support in our community, especially to those individuals most in need,” says Michelle Riley, CEO of The Foodbank. “They are Hunger Heroes. The CFL giveaway is just one more example of their local contributions. Household items are very popular among the families served by our member agencies. To be able to provide these necessities, especially energy-efficient light bulbs, makes a real difference.”

Beginning April 22, DP&L will also be distributing CFLs at Shared Harvest Food Bank,

5901 Dixie Highway in Fairfield and at Second Harvest Food Bank, 701 E. Columbia Avenue in Springfield.

 The CFL distribution is part of DP&L’s Residential Energy Efficiency Programs that provide discounted energy efficient light bulbs to customers at participating local retailers.  The bulbs help people reduce energy use, save money and protect the environment all year long – not just on Earth Day.

For more information about where to buy discounted CFL light bulbs and more energy savings opportunities, visit www.dpandl.com/save.

 

Dayton Foodbank Receives New Trucks from the Walmart Foundation

Dayton, September 27, 2013 – Representatives from Walmart presented Michelle Riley, The Foodbank’s CEO, with keys to two new refrigerated trucks. Thanks to Walmart’s generosity and community giving programs, The Foodbank can increase mobile pantries and pick up more items.

Dayton Foodbank and Walmart Truck Donation Event, Sept 27th, 2013The first truck, made possible through a $75,000 grant from Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Council, will be used to make fresh food and produce more accessible to individuals and families in the Miami Valley via both retail pickups at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations and mobile farmers markets.

The second truck, provided by a grant through Feeding America by the Walmart Foundation, is valued at $104,494.00 and will be used to pick up food donations at local Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble Counties.

“The Walmart Foundation seeks to support the organizations committed to making a difference in the communities we serve by helping individuals and families in need,” said Erik Hingst, Director of Walmart Public Affairs & Government Relations. “Supporting organizations that work every day to help others live better is our mission so we are pleased to help The Foodbank to bring more fresh produce and healthy food to more people who struggle with access.”

These trucks will facilitate The Foodbank’s efforts to both procure and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to food-insecure individuals in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank team would like to thank Mr. Hingst, Mr. Farrier, Mr. Ellison, and Walmart for their support in our fight against hunger.

Walgreens Supports Miami Valley at Dayton Foodbank

Dayton, September 19, 2013 – In a strong show of support for the Miami Valley community, Walgreens contributed both food and volunteer-power to The Foodbank. Having donated food items collected at over 3 dozen stores in the Miami Valley, Walgreens management personnel also helped sort donated food and prepared dietetic boxes for diabetic food-insecure individuals.

Walgreens Managers Volunteer at Dayton Foodbank Sept 19, Photo 1The Foodbank Team would like to thank Walgreens for their efforts to relieve hunger in the Miami Valley. Support like yours benefits hungry neighbors in our area and strengthens ties within our community.