The mission of The Foodbank is to relieve hunger in the community through a network of partner agencies by acquiring and distributing food. Food and related supplies are distributed to a network of pantries, community kitchens, shelters and other charitable programs, all of which support the health and development of food insecure individuals.
If you or someone you know needs help with food assistance, please contact the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area’s Helplink. Dial 2-1-1 or 225-3000.
The Foodbank is a member of Feeding America– “The Nation’s Foodbank Network.”
We are a private, nonprofit organization supported by generous individuals, corporations and foundations. In addition The Foodbank receives funding from the Montgomery County Human Services Levy, and is a United Way Partner Agency.
Food Research and Action Center
Each year, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) releases a study each year called How Hungry is America?, providing data on food hardship – the inability to afford enough food – nationally, for every state, the District of Columbia, and 108 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) across the country.
Dayton ranked 42nd among 108 MSAs across the country with 1 in 6 households struggling with food hardship.
How Hungry is America? focuses on data for the nation for 2017 and for every state and the District of Columbia, and 108 MSAs for 2016–2017. The data were gathered as part of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index project, which has been interviewing hundreds of households daily since January 2008. FRAC analyzed responses to the question: “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” A “yes” answer to this question is considered to signal that the household experienced food hardship. FRAC uses the phrase “food hardship” to avoid confusion with the annual Census Bureau/U.S. Department of Agriculture survey and analysis that produces “food insecurity” numbers, but the concepts are comparable.
For more information, visit FRAC’s website.
How Hungry is America?‘s full report can be found here.