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Monthly Food Boxes Now Available for Eligible Seniors

Are you….

60 years of age or older?

A resident of Montgomery or Greene County?

Within the income guidelines below?


Commodity Supplemental Food Program!
…then you may be able to receive a monthly box of food from the


What is in the monthly box?

Box contents will vary each month but will contain shelf-stable items to make complete meals including: milk products, juices, proteins, cereals, peanut butter or dry beans, grains, vegetables, and fruits.


What is required to receive a box?

There is absolutely no cost to be enrolled in this program. Individuals must fill out an application and be accepted to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Individuals may only receive a monthly CSFP box from one location. When you apply, you’ll need to provide: (1) Picture Identification, (2) Proof of Age, and (3) Verification of Your Address.


What if I cannot pick up my own box every month?

Individuals may appoint up to two people to pick-up their box in case they cannot make it to the pick-up date/location. Home care organizations may serve as an assigned proxy.


To receive an application or for further information contact:


Michael Shannon, CSFP Program Manager

The Foodbank, Inc.

56 Armor Place, Dayton, OH 45417

937-461-0265 x33   |

You can also download and fill out the application found here then mail it in to the address found on the form.

DP&L Lighting the Way

Dayton Power & Light Helps Foodbank Celebrate 40 Years

DPL at Hope

Dayton Power & Light is a long standing partner with The Foodbank, supporting our efforts as we fight hunger throughout the Miami Valley.  With corporate sponsorship and employee involvement in WDTN’s Food for Friends campaign, Dayton Power & Light works hard to help families in need. DP&L employees roll up their sleeves each year collecting food items and donating cash to the Food for Friends campaign, which makes a difference for food pantries around DP&L’s 24-county service territory.

To support the campaign, DP&L locations hold chili cook-offs and bake and book sales, all funds raised go directly to the Foodbank to help maximize our purchasing power. But it doesn’t end there, DP&L employees donate to DP&L’s Energy-to-Go campaign, which works alongside The Foodbank to ensure children at risk are have a nutritious meal and snack over the weekend in their Good-to-Go backpacks. When children open those backpacks, they receive an inspiring handwritten note from a DP&L employee encouraging the child to achieve in class or strive to do their best – letting the child know that someone cares.

The DP&L Foundation has also supported The Foodbank’s efforts through their grants program, helping us acquire much-needed equipment including a walk-in freezer and cooler unit and two new forklifts to manage the inventory and distribute food supplies easier and faster.

DP&L employees volunteer at The Foodbank each year on Earth Day and with the mobile pantries by distributing  energy efficient CFL light bulbs to help low income residents reduce their energy costs.

Thank you, Dayton Power & Light and DP&L employees, for your unrivaled support of The Foodbank and for helping us power through 40 years of service! We look forward to celebrating 40 more with you by our side!

Love Notes from Jennie

When Jennie Freiberger was diagnosed with Fybromyalgia in 2008, she began exploring ways to relieve her stress as it aggravates her condition. Doodling has helped her relax, but she didn’t know what to do with all her drawings. For the past 8 years, she would just throw out her doodles…

Until she learned of The Foodbank’s Good to Go Backpack program! Now she sends in dozens of her doodles every week to help kids in the Dayton area feel loved when they receive their weekend food packs.

In our three-county service area, there are 41,000 children who face food insecurity. Each week, Foodbank volunteers build packs full of food to help sustain the children through the weekend. These packs are then given to schools and agencies, who in turn, give them to children they see have a hunger need. Agency and school staff place them in backpacks when the children are out of the room.

The best part of a packed lunch (besides the treats of course!) is that encouraging note someone cared enough to leave for you. On the roughest, toughest days, sometimes a little reminder that you are special gives that needed boost.

If you’d like to make notes:

  1. Grab a small index card (any design is fine- we use 3×5 but you can use larger if you prefer)
  2. Pick-up your favorite crafting supplies (stickers and markers are our favorites)
  3. Write an encouraging note and decorate it. Our favorite messages are :
    1. You’re fantastic!
    2. Give Peas a Chance!
    3. Reach for the Stars!
  4. Get it to our warehouse so we can pack it in the lunch bags. You can drop it off in person or mail it to us at The Foodbank, ATTN: Backpack Notes, 56 Armor Place, Dayton, Ohio 45417


We provide the notes to kids from all backgrounds. Please avoid any political or religious references. We’ve also found that glitter gets stuck to food so if you like the sparkely stuff- try glitter glue so it stays stuck.

DPL Energy Resources raised $40,776 to say “Thank You” to its customers and the community


For the second year in a row, DPL Energy Resources wanted to say “thank you” to customers during the holiday season by sponsoring a matching campaign with us at The Foodbank. Thanks to the generosity of DPL Energy Resources customers, and a matching donation from the company, we were able to raise $ 40,776, enough to deliver 163,104 meals for local families.

DPL Energy Resources’ customers along with the general public were invited to donate money in support of The Foodbank and the 103 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters we serve in a tri-county area. DPL Energy Resources matched donations (up to a total of $15,000) from November 6 through December 4 of 2015. Through the match, a $10 donation provided 80 meals to the hungry in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties.

Over the years the face of hunger has changed. Families rely on their local pantries to put food on the table while parents work two or three part time jobs to pay the bills and keep a roof over their heads.

“DPL Energy Resources is truly a Hunger Hero,” says Michelle Riley, CEO of The Foodbank. “We could not do this important work if not for the support that they provide. With 130,200 people who don’t always know if they will be able to put food on the family table, The Foodbank relies on the support of the community as we work towards our mission of feeding hungry people throughout the Miami Valley. We are so thankful for the support of everyone who gave and for DPL Energy Resources for matching the heartfelt donations of our donors.”


About DPL Energy Resources
DPL Energy Resources is a retail electric provider, serving the needs of 126,000 residential and commercial electricity customers in Ohio. In early 2016, DPL Energy Resources was acquired by IGS Energy. Now a part of the IGS family of brands, DPL Energy Resources continues to provide their customers with smart energy options at a competitive market-based cost.

Do I Qualify for Food Assistance?

To see if you qualify to receive food from The Foodbank or one of its member agencies, please follow the link below:

Household Eligibility Guidelines 2016


Gardens for Good

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The Foodbank is in the running for a $15,000 grant for our community garden, and we need your help! Nature Path is awarding three grants to the top three highest voted for garden projects.  If you could take a few moments to vote for us our team would really appreciate it! You can vote every 24 hours now through July 6th. 

Click here to take you to The Foodbank’s entry.

UPDATE: Voting has closed! Thank you to everyone for your support!

Snack Back Our Streets

The UnitStarted 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 or call (937)532-0169. Donations can include, but are not limited to, fruit snacks, granola bars, beef jerky, juice boxes etc.

My Kids Come First

I found Tim slowly eating a pastry as he waited for his turn to shop at his local pantry. “I found out about the pantry from going to a church service here,” Tim mentioned. “I live in a poor neighborhood and most people know about this pantry. The people who run it are good people and they care about us.”

Tim lost his job two months ago and is struggling to make ends meet. Bills have been piling up as he’s looked for another job to support himself and his two young children. “I haven’t eaten in two days. Any food I’ve gotten, I give to them. I hate to see them hungry.”

The pantry Tim attends has been a lifesaver. While he has applied for food stamps, he’s still waiting to hear back on whether he will receive any. “I’m so thankful for this pantry. They provide so much to this community and I don’t even want to think about where I would be if it weren’t for their help.”

You can help single parents like Tim by donating to The Foodbank and making sure food stays on dinner tables of families who are struggling in the Miami with child and ice cream cone

Food Insecurity – Map the Meal Gap 2015

The Foodbank, Inc. announced the release of the annual Map the Meal Gap study, which details the startling rate of food insecurity experienced by community members in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties.  Map the Meal Gap 2015 reveals that food insecurity affects the most vulnerable populations in the Miami Valley, including 24.7 percent (41,230) of children.

Food insecurity is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s measure of lack of access at times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

“At The Foodbank, we are constantly working to provide up to date solutions for the Miami Valley community that we serve,” said Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank. “Findings from Map the Meal Gap 2015 helps hunger-relief organizations like ours better quantify the economic issues that so many of our neighbors deal with.”

130,200 Miami Valley residents report food insecurity in the results from Map the Meal Gap 2015; this is an increase of 4,500 more people from 2014. Additionally, 41,230 of those reporting food insecurity this year are children, which is an increase of 1,840 from last year.

Map the Meal Gap 2015 is based on an analysis of statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. The study, commissioned by Feeding America, is a detailed analysis of the nation’s food insecurity. An interactive map is available that allows viewers to explore the issue of hunger in Dayton and across the country. The map can be found at

Map the Meal Gap 2015 provides unique insight into the prevalence of food insecurity in each county and congressional district in our nation,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “It will help policy makers and our elected officials understand the challenges they face in addressing hunger in the communities they serve.”

The study is supported by the Founding Sponsor Howard G. Buffett Foundation as well as the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Nielsen. The food price data and analysis was provided by Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN), a global provider of information and insights. The lead researcher is Dr. Craig Gundersen, professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, executive director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory and member of Feeding America’s Technical Advisory Group.

County and congressional district food-insecurity details and the full report are available at