Volunteers Kris’Shawn Fleming, left, and Lisa Henderson cut fruit at House of Bread non-profit community kitchen Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 in Dayton. Fleming is volunteering while she is home from college for the holiday break. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Want help? Need help? Where to find and give help related to the coronavirus

This is a running list of Dayton-area nonprofits, churches, businesses, Facebook groups and individuals offering assistance to those in need in light of the coronavirus. 

Send email to contact@Dayton.com to share things your group is doing to lend a helping hand.

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FOOD FOR CHILDREN

DAYTON PUBLIC SCHOOL

CONNECT: email: dpssupt@daytonpublic.com (937) 542-3000

The school district will distribute breakfast and lunches to its students at school sites in every quadrant of the city while school is out of session.

The district’s food sites will be open 9 a.m. to noon. The district needs volunteers to help pass out meals.

Community groups are also needed help deliver food to families that have transportation challenges and cannot get to the distribution sites.

CAKE, HOPE AND LOVE

CONNECT: FACEBOOK 

OFFER: Free bag lunches for children home due to fears of the spread of coronavirus. 

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GATEWAY CATHEDRAL CHURCH 

CONNECT: FACEBOOK|  937-790-4283| gateway.cogic@gmail.com

ADDRESS: 5501 Olive Road, 

Trotwood

MESSAGE FROM Rev. Norman J. Scearce: 

“In light of the Governor’s ban on gatherings of 100 people or more, (to exclude churches for the purposes of worship and religious activities) The Gateway Cathedral will be open as a feeding site to provide lunch (at this time only) on Tuesday March 17th through the duration of the school closings, in partnership with Trotwood-Madison City Schools. (Time of lunch to be determined.)

It is our desire to open temporarily, as an “Emergency Child Care Site” but will need assistance in staffing. If you would like to assist in our efforts over the next three weeks please email:

gateway.cogic@gmail.com

If you are a parent and will need child care, we will assess the feasibility over the next three days, and will start as early as Tuesday. Note: a nominal fee for care must be assessed, in order to provide breakfast and staffing.

Lastly, as always; we are committed to our community when they need us most. We are CHRIST Centered and COMMUNITY Driven.

In His Service,

Norman J. Scearce
Pastor”

NO CHILD HUNGRY DAYTON, OHIO

CONNECT: Facebook| (513) 404-5372| email: aimeeplesa@gmail.com

ABOUT: Dayton chef Aimee Plesa is rallying her friends and local chefs to provide bag lunches for children in need during the three week coronavirus school break.

VOLUNTEER EFFORTS 

Mutual Aid Dayton/MV

CONNECT: Facebook Group page 

ABOUT: A network of people who can support their neighbors through mutual aid in Dayton and the Miami Valley. 

POLL WORKERS 

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is seeking volunteers to assist with the Primary Election set to take place on Tuesday, March 17.

It sees people younger than age 60 who do not have a pre-existing condition and/or weakened immune system. Send email Robyn Fecke at rfecke@montgomerycounty.boe.ohio.gov including your name, address, phone number and email address.

MEAL/FOOD DONATIONS 

THE FOODBANK  

CONNECT: thefoodbankdayton.org | (937) 461-0265| Facebook 

ABOUT: For over 40 years, The Foodbank has served as the primary source of food for the hunger relief network in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank — the only one of its kind in the area — relieves hunger in the community through a network of partner agencies by acquiring and distributing food. The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for more than 100 member food pantries, community kitchens, and shelters that serve as the charitable hunger relief network in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.

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The Foodbank strives to provide healthy, nutritious meals. Although The Foodbank’s mission is simple, making it happen is a great undertaking that grows larger every day. Countless individual volunteers help us organize food drives, help sort and distribute food to the needy and help raise much-needed funds.

HOUSE OF BREAD 

CONNECT: houseofbread.org Facebook|  937-226-1520

ADDRESS: 9 Orth Ave., Dayton 

Operating Hours: Lunch served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mission: To prevent hunger and serve as a bridge to beneficial community resources.

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WITH GOD’S GRACE MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

CONNECT: Facebook | 937-397-4124

ABOUT: “We show people we care, that they have value, and that they are loved – by us and by God.
It is our intention that they receive not only food for their physical hunger, but generous portions of kindness and grace to feed their spiritual and emotional hungers.
We believe the words of Jesus that this is one way we can respond directly to God's love for us: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35”

SERVICES FOR SENIORS 

AREA AGENCY ON AGING 

ABOUT: The Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 helps adults of west central Ohio remain in their homes with independence and dignity. The independent, private, nonprofit corporation plans and funds services for older persons in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties. The 12 Area Agencies on Aging in Ohio are part of a national aging service network.

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MEALS ON WHEELS 

CONNECT: wesleycs.org/meals-on-wheels | Area Agency on Aging at 937-341-3000.

ABOUT: The kitchen staff prepares a menu of 31 nutritionally balanced meals for clients in the Greater Dayton, Greater Cincinnati (Hamilton & Butler counties) and Northern Kentucky areas.

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