Dayton’s mobile food pantry called “With God’s Grace” is gearing up for the summer, helping Dayton’s less fortunate feed their families. They continue to literally serve millions of meals a year, making a huge difference in community.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on “WITH GOD’S GRACE MOBILE FOOD PANTRY:
—Nicole Adkins started the food pantry out of her own home in December, 2015, helping 100 families on Christmas 2015.
— Nicole and her husband have 6 kids, who have all volunteered at one time. Three of which continue involvement. Her husband pickups the donations and drives the truck to mobile locations.
—“With God’s Grace” has increased their reach in the Dayton area, growing each year. In 2018, they helped 42,635 families, which was 124,940 people. They handed out over 2.7 million pounds of food which was nearly 1.2 million meals.
—They never thought the mobile food truck would do this much business, and they never expected so many needy people.
—On a typical Wednesday in Springfield they feed 800 to 900 families. For example, last Monday night on Xenia Ave they advertised a stop and 125 families showed up and were given groceries. Last Saturday in Huber Heights (the day before Easter) they fed 185 families.
— They have 4 volunteers that come everyday and help at the warehouse, and up to 50 volunteers can help out at a mobile site. If you would like to volunteer email Nicole at [email protected] or show up an hour before at any mobile location.
WHERE IS THIS FOOD COMING FROM?
—They get food from the Dayton Food Bank, some food has no costs, and some food costs 18 cents per pound.
—Dorothy Lane market donates food from the Oakwood and Centerville store 7 days a week.
—Three different Krogers donate as well – The stores on Needmore Rd, The Vandalia Kroger and the Beavercreek Kroger.
—Out of state truck drivers have agreements that when stores reject food deliveries, they call “With God’s Grace” to donate the items.
—They get skids of food in from out of county private donors that choose to remain nameless.
WHAT DO THE FAMILIES RECEIVE?
—“With God’s Grace” gives out are large variety of non perishable food items. They pass out health and beauty items, dairy and refrigerator items, meats, and a wide selection of produce. They also give out bakery and bread items.
— The typical family helped seems to be the working poor. Those who just cant make ends meet with their job temporarily, or those whose head of household just lost their job. When businesses close or when jobs leave Dayton, they see an uptick in those getting help. When Sears, Toys R Us, Elder Beerman, Payless Shoes, and Plow and Hearth, Rodgers Jewelers closed, it left a lot hungry families. Even with the good economic news across the USA, some Daytonians are dealing with layoffs and closings.
HOW DOES A FAMILY GET HELP?
— To receive benefits from “With God’s Grace” Mobile Food Pantry, mobile stops are listed on their facebook page, and on the website www.withgodsgracepantry.org, and they can also sign up for a mass text list.
— THURS APRIL 26th – 6pm -730pm at 1120 S. Detroit Street in Xenia, Ohio
— WED MAY 1st, at 622 Springfield St. in Dayton Ohio – 2 stops: 1030am-1pm and 4pm – 8pm
— MON MAY 6th in Brookville, Ohio at 1488 Johnsville-Brookville Rd. from 6pm-730 pm
— WED MAY 8th from 10:30am -1pm at 622 Springfield St. in Dayton and fro 4pm -8pm same location.
— SAT MAY 11th at 101 Drexel Ave. in Dayton from 1pm -230pm.
— Families can visit more than one stop, or as many as needed. The food pantry asks that you show ID and that you bring something to carry the food home with. Families get a lot of food , so something with wheels is preferable.
— “With Gods Grace” Mobile Food Pantry feeds any and all families who need food, that’s the only threshhold.
HOW CAN ONE DONATE TO “WITH GODS GRACE”MOBILE FOOD PANTRY?
—Donations accepted online at www.WithGodsGracePantry.org
— You mail or dropoff donations to the warehouse at 622 Springfield St, Dayton, OH 45403
— You can support fundraisers for the food pantry like:
b) Car Show, June 15, 2019 at 2222 Olive Rd, Dayton OH 45426 – entry food donation or money donation worth $15 in value. For more info contact the flea market through facebook here
c) Jail n Bail Fundraiser – July 27th – look for a facebook event
For more events stay tuned to “With God’s Grace’s” FACEBOOK PAGE …
What an incredible story, about an incredible family and a wonderful community that helps and needs help.
We were completely blown away the more we learned about this organization. We hope that if you are needy, you use this resource to get through the tough times. Share this info with someone who may need some help.
Yet another story of your fellow Daytonians making this city better, everyday.