Robert Fennell – 23 Years of Service at The Foodbank

Robert in 1992

Robert Fennell, 1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1992, Robert Fennell walked in to the first day of his new job at The Foodbank (formerly American Red Cross’s Emergency Food Bank). Leaving behind his work as a dump truck driver, Robert was looking for a place where he could both enjoy his work and take care of his family. He happened upon an article in the newspaper looking for a driver for The Foodbank and decided to apply. 23 years later, Robert is still feeding hungry people and working to make a difference in his community. Robert’s favorite part of the job is the people he meets. He enjoys talking with the men and women who work on the docks of the grocery stores who donate product every day and laughing with his coworkers in the warehouse.

Robert now

Robert today working in the warehouse

Robert gives back to his community in other ways too, lending his dog our for first aid trainings with the Red Cross where he received an award for Support Person of the Year, and even once working as a lifeguard at his local pool.

While working at The Foodbank, he was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo treatment. “Throughout my battles with cancer, The Foodbank has always been there for me, giving me the means necessary to get to my treatments and cheering me on through it all. Days when I went through chemo, I would still come to work because I wanted to be there for my coworkers just as they have been there for me,” said Robert.

Robert was born and raised in Dayton and enjoys a life with his wife Diane and Harley FXRT motorcycle, which he lovingly calls “Harley Dog”. Robert’s free time is spent riding Harley Dog on country roads and petsitting friends’ dogs.

To commemorate Robert’s years of service to feeding hungry people, The Foodbank recognized him with a Hunger Hero Award.

 

Barb and Peg Retirement

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Barb Wysong of Camden FISH

In October, The Foodbank is saying farewell to two amazing women: Barb Wysong and Peg Cannon.

Barb ran Camden FISH food pantry for over 20 years, serving her local community to provide food and support for those who would otherwise go without. She has faithfully led the pantry through its many years in Preble County and is handing the responsibility over to Bev Jarrell.

Since 1998, Peg Cannon has been running Xenia FISH food pantry, serving hungry families in Greene County to provide them with much needed nutrition. Bob Bosl is taking her place.

The Foodbank is so thankful for the many years of hard work and service these two ladies have put in. Our hearts are warmed by the fact that there are people like Barb and Peg who are willing to feed those in need.

September Mass Distribution

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A volunteer puts apples into the backseat of a client’s vehicle

Thanks to the generosity of CareSource, The Foodbank took a day from their usual business to provide a community-wide Farmers Market at UD Arena. Fresh watermelons, cabbage, corn, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, apples, along with many other vegetables were given out to 717 hungry families!
September 26th was a busy day as we had over 80 volunteers filling out paperwork, bagging food, and handing out the food. Along with the fresh produce, Ohio Poultry Association passed out farm fresh eggs and the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives passed out kids’ coats to prepare them for winter.

The day wouldn’t have been possible without the support of CareSource, our volunteers, and everyone else involved! Thank you!!

Mondelez International’s Support

Mondelez Mondelez Global LLC, a multi-country food and beverage company, recently supported The Foodbank by donation and service through their foundation, Mondelez International. Every year, Mondelez sets aside money for its employees to choose who they would like to support as a group. Locally, the company supports our Good-to-Go Backpack program, which provides weekend meal packs to 1400 hungry children in the Miami Valley every week. Enough money to provide 280 kids’ packs was donated. Along with financial support, local employees decided to take it a step further by coming in on their day off to spend their morning building the backpacks! The Foodbank is thankful for the support of Mondelez International and all organizations who support our Good-to-Go Backpack program.

Road to Eden Movie Night

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Please join us on Thursday, October 16, 2014 for the screening of the film “Road to Eden,” a feature-length documentary exploring musician Dan Nichols’ journey through the deep South throughout the Jewish festival of Sukkot.  Each day his journey challenges us with issues of homelessness, immigration, interfaith relations, environmental concerns, Middle East turmoil and civil rights, reminding us all that we’re still trying to reach the “Promised Land” together.

WHO:              Meet filmmaker Doug Passon and musician Dan Nichols

WHAT:            Film screening, Q&A with Doug and Dan, Concert, followed by dessert in the Sukkah

WHEN:            Thursday, October 16. Doors open at 6:00pm for snacks in the Sukkah;

                      Film starts at 6:45pm

COST:              Admission charge is a non-perishable food item and/or cash donation

                       for the The Foodbank, Inc. and the Dayton Jewish Food Pantry

WHERE:          Temple Beth Or; 5275 Marshall Road; Dayton, Ohio;  937-435-3400

In addition to this inspiring interfaith event, Temple Beth Or again invites the entire community to join us for a second night with a special Friday night Simchat Torah / Shabbat service led by Dan Nichols.  Join us in our Sukkah at 6:30 pm for a pre-Sabbath reception.  Then our musical service will feature a celebration of the Torah as we complete the book of Deuteronomy and begin again with the words of Genesis.

For more information about the movie, along with an 8-minute trailer please go to www.roadtoedentour.com.

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.

Donald’s Story

Donald“I worked as a plumber for over fifty-five years to provide for my family; back then, times were easier. My wife and I, we could raise our three kids on one salary. We didn’t have everything, but we had what we needed…” Donald is a proud man; he’s lived in the Miami Valley all his life. Now at 76, his body worn down from years of hard work, his bones ache and he admits—with a laugh—that he doesn’t get around as easily as he once did. Oh, but don’t let him fool you! As we were spending the afternoon at the senior living facility Donald now lives at, he volunteered more than once to help fix a leaking pipe in his neighbor’s small kitchenette.

Donald is much like many other seniors in our community, they’ve worked hard all their lives, saved their money, raised their kids right. But today many seniors are facing tough decisions; living on a fixed income isn’t easy. Although Donald saved all his life for retirement, unexpected life occurrences happen. Donald’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 51, she passed two years later. Donald never remarried, “Barb was the love of my life, and let me tell you, she kept me in line!” he said with a mischievous grin. Once his wife was diagnosed with cancer, much of Donald’s life savings went to paying for trips back and forth to the doctor, and for a caretaker to help her out at home when Donald was at work and when the kids, with jobs and little ones of their own were unable to stop by. What was left is now paying for Donald to stay in the facility.

For a man like Donald it’s hard to lose your independence. Now unable to drive, it is difficult to get to the grocery as often as he wishes. The facility in which Donald lives makes one trip a week with him to the store. “The grocery can charge whatever they want for food, the good stuff, like green beans, watermelon, and even frozen chicken are expensive.” Pride keeps Donald from applying for food stamps, though he would be eligible, but he will visit The Foodbank Mobile Farmers Market with his neighbors each month to get fresh produce.  The Mobile Farmers Market visits Donald’s living facility once a month, where nearly all 90 residents come to get fresh food such as cabbage, ears of corn, collard and mustard greens (a favorite!), and zucchini.

The Foodbank and its 88 member agencies served 4500 seniors last year. Food insecure seniors who do not get the nutrient-rich foods they need are 40% more likely to experience heart-related illnesses and 60% more likely to suffer from depression. Looking at Donald, it’s easy to see the impact that good nutrition makes during the golden years.

As we were leaving, Donald shook the hand of our team, his grip as tight as a twenty-year old man’s, and said he’d see us next month. Walking out the door of the facility we heard Donald ask one more time if the staff needed help fixing that leaking pipe.

If you would like to donate to help people like Donald, click here.

Good Neighbor House

Good Neighbor HouseThis year, Good Neighbor House is celebrating 20 years of service, “Empowering Healthier Communities” across Montgomery County. In 1994, Good Neighbor House opened its doors, providing food, clothing, and household items to those in need. In 1996, they expanded their services to provide dental, medical, and optometry services to local underserved families. A little more than a year ago, after outgrowing their building, Good Neighbor House relocated to a new location on First Street in Downtown Dayton.

Not just a place to get food and supplies, Good Neighbor House takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of those they serve. In addition to offering food and medical assistance, clients are linked to a dietician for guidance, counseling, and advice, as well as the opportunity to participate in cooking and exercise classes. Good Neighbor House has both a food pantry and a special needs pantry designed to meet the nutritional needs of clients with various diseases that can be controlled through good nutrition. Items like no-salt added vegetables and given to those with diabetes, and gluten-free items are given to individuals who are gluten intolerant.

Starting in July, Good Neighbor House’s general pantry turned into a choice pantry! This means when a family walks in to receive food, instead of getting a bag of items, they are able to walk around and pick the items they want. “At first, we weren’t sure how well it was going to work,” said Marcia Ehlers, Assistant Director of Human Services and Outreach. “But we found that people are making healthier choices and our clients feel more at ease with coming in to receive assistance. We are neighbors helping neighbors and the choice pantry has given us a way to connect more with those we serve.”

Good Neighbor House is run by six staff members and a large group of dedicated volunteers. Dieticians and the medical team take no pay to offer their knowledge and treasure to those who, otherwise, would be unable to afford the help.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about Good Neighbor House, visit their website at http://www.goodneighborhouse.org/

Upcoming Events for Good Neighbor House include:

1st Street Family Fun Day – August 24, 2014

Take 6 Concert – September 14, 2014

GNH Golf Tournament at Sugar Valley Country Club – October 6, 2014

Donate Fruits and Vegetables From Your Garden

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Have you found that you planted too many zucchini or green beans for your family to eat?

The Foodbank accepts fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden!

You can drop it off anytime between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

We are at:

56 Armor Place
Dayton, OH 45417

Mobile Market at The Foodbank

Mobile Market at the Foodbank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we moved into our new warehouse last December, we knew we wanted to give back to our new neighborhood. Each month this summer we are holding a Farmers Market, right here at our warehouse, to serve our neighbors in West Dayton.

 

The Foodbank held its first Farmers Market on location at the end of July. All hands were on deck, and volunteers were called in to provide our neighborhood with over 3400 pounds of fresh produce including corn, watermelon, green beans, and onions. Access to fresh foods is limited for many of our neighbors. We know that many families in our community do not have adequate transportation to and from the grocery, and others simply do not have the funds available to purchase costly fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of our neighbors were able to walk or carpool just a short distance to our warehouse. Our staff is looking forward to hosting another Farmers Market at the end of August where our neighbors will once again be welcome to receive fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.