Started by Dayton based community-focused fitness group called The Unit, Dayton police will have the chance to build positive relationships with youth within the communities they protect and serve with Snack Back Our Streets. The Unit is collecting donations of food to create bags of snacks for officers to distribute to youth in the neighborhoods in which they work.
Snack Back Our Streets is a program created through the identification of the need to strengthen the relationship between local Dayton police officers and the youth (13 & under) within the communities that they protect and serve. The community is encouraged to collect and donate healthy nonperishable snacks which will then be made into bags. Officers are then encouraged to distribute the bags to youth encountered in the community in hopes to engage a positive interaction that can later transition into a long-term relationship.
Allison Scott, team leader of Snack Back our Streets says, “Snack Back Our Streets challenges Dayton community members and officers to take ownership and accountability of restoring trust, safety, and security in our neighborhoods. With this said, our program strongly encourages community participation through the collection and donation of non-perishable food items. Snack Back Our Streets understands the importance of allowing the members of our community to be the catalyst for change.”
Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank says, “With 41,230 hungry children under the age of 18 in the Miami Valley, Snack Back Our Streets is a great way to reach out to those in need. Many youth go home every night to an empty fridge. With the bag of healthy snacks provided by the police, not only will it help fill the bellies of those who are in need, but it also creates a great opportunity for a change in how neighborhoods and police interact with each other. We support our police officers and look forward to helping facilitate this relationship.”
Snack Back Our Streets will begin in Dayton Police’s 3rd and 5th Districts. To find a donation collection point, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937)532-0169. Donations can include, but are not limited to, fruit snacks, granola bars, beef jerky, juice boxes etc.