Kelly’s Story

Young adult woman half smileKelly is just like every other 20-something; working towards her bachelor’s degree in medical administration, while working a part-time job when she is not in class. Kelly has three children and a husband who is recently disabled after having heart surgery this past spring. She knows that hefty medical bills are coming.

Fortunately, the family receives $407 each month in food stamps. During the school year, this is enough to get her family through, but during the summer months when the kids are out of school and not receiving free breakfast and lunch, money gets tight.

When we met Kelly this past June, she was hopeful and bright-eyed, drinking a cup of free coffee that a volunteer at the pantry was passing out. She told us that this was her first time asking for help from a food pantry in nine months. She is grateful for the support she receives from the Wesley Center, a local community service agency and she told us how her children would be most excited for the apples she saw in the bags of others at the pantry that evening. Although Kelly is embarrassed to be asking for help, she knows that she is not alone.

Looking around the loud room it was hard to ignore the dozens of families, many with small children shyly hiding behind their mothers. Many of the mothers and fathers were still dressed in their clothes from a long day at work. We both noticed the large number of elderly, silently sitting, patiently waiting for their number to be called.

For the first time in the history of The Foodbank, many middle-class working families are turning to local food pantries for help in making ends meet each month. The summer months can be particularly difficult for many of these families as the parents work to ensure their children receive three square meals each day. You can help families like Kelly’s by donating to The Foodbank. Every dollar you give provides 4 meals!

To donate, click here.

Summer Crate Garden

2014 June Crate GardenOur priority as a foodbank is to acquire and distribute food to hungry people throughout the Miami Valley. Each day we strive to stay true to our mission, while also ensuring that the food we distribute to those in need is filling and nutritious. So how do we do this?

The Foodbank’s new warehouse is located on a seven-acre lot, purchased from the City of Dayton for $5.00. Currently, only three of the seven acres are being used for our warehouse and parking lots. When looking at the possibilities available for the remaining four acres, the idea of a community garden began to form. However, one problem stood in the way: to safely grow fresh produce, our soil needs to first be tested. After much research the idea of a milk-crate garden came to us, crate gardens are a great way to test our “green thumb” while we wait to have our soil tested. Soon thereafter, with the support and dedication or our Board and many volunteers, our first crate garden was born!

This spring, The Foodbank planted tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, kale, eggplant, summer squash, and green beans among other items. We look forward to harvesting the produce and giving it out through our pantries!

Widows Home of Dayton – Our Newest Member Agency

Widows Home logoThe Widows Home of Dayton is a nonprofit skilled nursing long term care and rehab facility whose mission is “carrying forward the benevolence of its founders, since 1872, to meet the needs of its residents.”  This past June, The Foodbank welcomed Widows Home of Dayton as a member agency, receiving food and support to provide healthy meals to their residents.

Founded in 1872, the Widows Home originally cared for the widows of Civil War soldiers and, in subsequent decades, widows or destitute women “of good moral character” who needed shelter.  The Home operated out of several different buildings over the years, the most grand of which was a three story Victorian home built in 1883 at its current address on S. Findlay Street in East Dayton on land donated by Dayton banker, William Huffman.

In 1999, the Home became Medicare and Medicaid certified, transforming the Home to a fully certified, skilled nursing facility and, in year 2000, became home to men as well as women. With 50 long term care residents and 25 short term rehab patients, the Widows Home continues to serve the community as a 501c3 non-profit organization and is operated by a volunteer board of directors comprised of local men and women with a variety of backgrounds, including physicians, nurses, bankers, business and nonprofit leaders.

Jenny Warner, Executive Director of Widows Home, says, “The Widows Home is thrilled to have the support of the Foodbank for our ‘Fresh Fare’ program to enhance our resident’s diets with fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods.”

The Foodbank is happy to have Widows Home of Dayton as a partner in solving hunger in the Miami Valley!

 

Movie Night at The Greene

On June 29th of 2014, Olshan Properties hosted a Family Movie Night at The Greene, encouraging participants to donate canned goods. Altogether, 1,072 meals were donated to The Foodbank! Thank you to everyone who gave! It was a great evening of fun, food, games, and The Lego Movie!The Greene Olshan Food Drive

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.

 

02-28-2014 Open House

Open HouseFriday, February 28th, The Foodbank celebrated their new location with an Open House. Almost 200 people attended and 749 pounds of non-perishable food was donated; that’s  almost 600 meals! Thank you to everyone who attended and took a tour.

 

Kroger donated 211,680 meals to help fill our warehouse. K99.1 FM held a live radio spot from 12pm to 2pm during the open house, which was sponsored by DP&L Energy.

If you weren’t able to make it, but would like a tour, contact Lora Davenport at ldavenport@thefoodbankdayton.org.

 Couldn’t attend? Donate online!

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.

Ohio’s First Lady Kasich Visits Dayton Foodbank

Dayton, September 10, 2013 – Ohio’s First Lady Kasich visited The Foodbank today along with representatives of Feed Ohio, a statewide food and funds drive in support of Ohio foodbanks. A strong supporter of hunger relief efforts, First Lady Kasich has worked extensively with the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives on behalf of the hungry. After speaking to a group of local students and receiving a tour of The Foodbank, First Lady Kasich helped pack backpacks for food insecure children in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties.

First Lady Kasich Visits Dayton Foodbank 9-10-2013

The Foodbank Team would like to thank First Lady Kasich, the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, and the Feed Ohio campaign offered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their support. Your community service efforts and programs are a boon to the less fortunate in our state, and we are once again very grateful.

- The Foodbank Team

 

What is Feed Ohio? Ohio’s First Lady Karen W. Kasich will join the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and faith-based and community groups throughout Ohio to lead Feed Ohio, a statewide food and funds drive to support Ohio foodbanks. The campaign commences August 24th and continues through September 11, a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Donations raised through the Feed Ohio campaign will benefit the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and their 12 member regional food banks that provide emergency food items to needy Ohioans in all 88 counties.