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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
This 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:
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.
Kelly 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.
Our 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!