Ways To Help This Holiday Season

Now, it’s no secret that this year has been extremely hard on everyone. It’s always good to look back and reflect on how we could make it better for the community around us. We at the HBA of Dayton wanted to help you find ways to spread the holiday cheer this year. Here are a few things you can do to help those in need.


The Food Bank

The Foodbank brings food, comfort and hope to hungry families in the Dayton area.

For over four decades, The Foodbank has been the primary food supplier to the hunger relief network in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. Food and related supplies are acquired and distributed to a network of food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, Kids Café sites and school backpack programs that feed the hungry throughout the community. Over 100 nonprofit agencies are members of The Foodbank and provide services through more than 120 feeding programs in the Miami Valley.

The Foodbank works closely with Feeding America, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, and the 12 food banks across Ohio to help solve hunger in our community.

Food Pantries

Food pantries in Dayton and Montgomery County Ohio can help feed low income families or households in a crisis. The centers distribute emergency food, groceries, meals, and other forms of assistance to the needy in the community.

Some centers offer special programs as well, such as free meals around Thanksgiving or Christmas. If a location can’t help, they can also usually refer local Montgomery County families to additional resources in the region. For example, learn about SNAP food stamp application sites. Or families with children can get help with enrolling in the WIC programs.

Harmony Creek Church
5280 Bigger Rd.
Kettering OH 45440
Phone – 937-434-3941
The food pantry services zip codes 45440, 45429, 45458, 45459 only. It is open Thursday evening 5:30 –7:00 pm.

Brookville Grace Brethren Church – Shephard Hands Food Pantry
Address is 665 Westbrook Road
Brookville, OH 45309
Dial the pantry at (937) 833-5562 for hours and further information on food assistance programs available.
The pantry will have emergency food boxes, perishable items such as bread or meats, and will offer other support.

Afl-Cio Labor Food Panty, Choice Food Pantry
Location – 6550 Poe Ave.
Dayton, OH 45414
Call (937) 454-6901

Assumption Food Pantry
Address is – 1930 Fairport Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45406
Main number – (937) 278-5125
Government surplus food and meals are served.

Belmont United Methodist Church
Address: 2701 S. Smithville Rd.
(937) 254-1788
The low income, seniors, and families with children in Montgomery County are some of the primary beneficiaries.

Bethesda Temple
Mailing address is 3701 Salem Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45406
(937) 275-2665
Provides meals, counseling, and referrals.

Catholic Social Services Of The Miami Valley – Choice Food Pantry
Main office – 922 W. Riverview Avenue
Phone number – Dayton, OH 45405
A number of social services are administered. Other resources offered at the center are a food pantry, clothing, hot meals, case management, and limited amounts of financial help for bills or debts. Montgomery County families can also request basic needs such as hygiene items.

Cross Creek Community Church – Feeding Friends Food Pantry
Address of center is 667 Miamisburg-Centerville Road
Dayton, OH 45459
Call the pantry at (937) 434-4580

Dayton Faith Temple
Address: 1350 Kumler Avenue
Dayton, OH 45406
Main phone: (937) 275-2026

East Dayton Food Pantry
140 Stonemill Road
Dayton, Ohio 45409
(937) 223-2294
Covers the eastern part of the city.

Eastview Baptist Mission Church
106 South Torrence Street
Dayton, OH 45403
Dial (937) 254-4259
The church distributes meals to the very low income and homeless. Open limited hours.

Edgewood Baptist Center
Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 223-1383
Dial for hours and exact location. Other food offered can include baby formula, fruits, vegetables, and even pantries. Free holiday food and meal baskets may be provided too, including Thanksgiving and Christmas meals..

Evangel Church Of God
Church food pantry address – 132 N. Smithville Road
Dayton, Ohio 45403
Main phone: (937) 253-8342
Call them for meals, clothing, and other forms of aid.

Fairview United Methodist
828 West Fairview Avenue
Address: Dayton, OH 45406
Phone number – (937) 274-2180

Southminster Presbyterian Church
Location is 7001 Far Hills Avenue
Dayton, OH 45459
(937) 433-8511
Church offers various forms of spiritual food as well as free groceries and meals. Families can stop by regardless of religion, age, or background. There may also be Christmas meals delivered to senior citizens.

Fort Mckinley United Methodist Church
Main address is 3721 W. Siebenthaler Avenue
Dayton, OH 45406
Telephone number for intake is (937) 276-2464

Good Neighbor House
627 E First Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
937-224-3003 Ext: 108
The free pantry is opened Monday through Thursday 9am-1pm and is serving all zip codes. Free groceries, food, and surplus government commodities are available.

Good Shepherd Ministries – Life Talk (Support Group)
Address is 3105 E. Fifth Street
Dayton, OH 45403
Main number – (937) 938-5781
A leading charity organization in the Montgomery Ohio region.

Gospel Mission, Inc.
64 Burns Avenue Po Box 1141
Dayton, Ohio 45401-1141
Primary phone number is (937) 223-2498
An emergency food pantry is on site for the low income.

Greater Allen A.M.E. Church
Mailing address is 1620 W. Fifth Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone number is (937) 223-5115

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Greater Galilee Baptist Church
Address is 1001 Beatrice Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45404
Dial the church at (937) 237-0763
If you need food or a hot meal, call this charity. Support is also provide for seniors, the homeless, and children.

Harris Memorial CME Church – Food Pantry
Address: 4950 Haney
Dayton, OH 45416
Food pantry phone number is  (937) 279-9948

Immaculate Conception Church
Address is 2300 S. Smithville Road
Dayton, Ohio 45420
(937) 252-1617
Call the church for clothing, hot or cold meals, and details on the food pantry. Please donate any goods, clothing, or even furniture if you can.

Jewish Federation Of Greater Dayton
4951 Covenant House Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45426
Telephone is (937) 854-6319
Some financial assistance may be provided in addition to a bag of groceries.

Linden Life Recovery Center Linden Avenue Baptist Church
101 Linden Avenue
Dayton, OH 45403
Phone number is (937) 254-1724

Maranatha Christian Fellowship Health
Street address – 4501 Wolf Road
Dayton, OH 45416
There are no restrictions on religion. Everyone from single parent to the homeless can get a meal from the soup kitchen or a free box of food.

Memorial United Church Of Christ
Address is 2338 East Fifth Street
Dayton, OH 45403
Phone number – (937) 253-9826
Volunteers collect surplus food from Montgomery County businesses. The items are then given to free for qualified low income families and the working poor.

Mount Carmel Baptist Church
The address is 5370 Dayton-Liberty Road
Dayton, OH 45418
Telephone number is (937) 268-3154

Mount Olive Baptist Church Food Pantry
Food pantry address is 502 Pontiac Street
Dayton, Ohio 45417
Dial the pantry at (937) 223-1911
Breads, rice, formula, frozen foods and more may be offered. Bring your own box.

Neighbors Helping, Neighbors Food Pantry
Pantry address – 1921 Woodman Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45420
(937) 252-6705
Donate or volunteer if you can. Many unemployed and working poor use this Montgomery Pantry.

New Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church
2000 Catalpa Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45406
Telephone number – (937) 275-7888

New Life Community Church
Address is 3276 Mccall Avenue
Dayton, OH 45417
Main phone – (937) 268-9201
Offers social services, government surplus food, meals, a thrift store, and much more to the needy in the community.

Northeast Churches Emergency Center – Food Pantry
Main address is 359 Maryland Avenue
Dayton, OH 45404
Dial – (937) 281-1777
Also has information and referral to local charities. Or talk to a case manager about food stamp applications and other public aid, some of which is offered by the state of Ohio.

Shiloh Baptist Church
3801 Fairbanks Avenue
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 268-6711
The faith based charity helps everyone from children to the unemployed. Boxes of groceries may contain fruits, meats, vegetables, and similar goods.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. Andrew/St. Margaret Food Pantry
Address of church – 1060 Salem Avenue
Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 278-7345
Provides food to seniors, low income, and needy individuals.

St. Mary’s SVDP Food Pantry
Main address is 427 Steele Avenue St. Mary Center
Dayton, OH 45410
Phone number – (937) 256-5633
Part of the St. Vincent charity. Volunteers meet the low income and poor to understand their exact needs

St. Paul United Methodist Church
101 Huffman Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45403
(937) 252-4467

St. Vincent De Paul
945 South Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 222-7349
Can provide help for paying bills, rent, and medications. In addition this charity has a thrift store and food bank too. A leading non-profit charity organization in Montgomery County.

The Salvation Army Of The Greater Dayton
1000 N. Keowee
Dayton, Ohio 45404
Case managers can help families living in poverty apply for SNAP food stamps. There are also Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals, a thrift store, and small toys offered too.

Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church
Church address: – 3317 Hoover Avenue
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone (937) 268-6729

Wesley Community Center
Location : 3730 Delphos Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45417
Phone number – (937) 263-3556
In addition to a hot meal (lunch or breakfast) other recreational and social services may be offered at this non-profit center.

Zion Baptist Church
1684 Earlham Drive
Dayton, Ohio 45406
(937) 275-6906
Snacks for students and Meals on Wheels for the homebound may be administered.

Northmont Fish, Food Pantry/Support For Northmont
1125 S. Main Street
Englewood, OH 45322
Call the food pantry at (937) 836-4807 for hours.
Clients that are homebound, such as the elderly and seniors, can sign up for Meals on Wheels too. Other working poor families in an emergency can use the food bank as well.

Farmersville First Baptist Church
Location of church is 334 North Elm Street
Farmersville, OH 45325
Dial – (937) 696-2860


For individuals interested in supporting relief efforts in the hard-hit state of Kentucky, the Home Builders Association of Kentucky recommends supporting the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. According to the fund’s website, the fund:

  • Was established by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to directly assist those impacted by the tornadoes and the severe weather system.
  • Will send contributions directly to Kentucky tornado victims with no administrative fees taken out.

All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating.

Donations by credit card are being accepted through the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund website. Directions for donations by mail are also available on the website.

The HBA of Kentucky also has published the Western KY Tornado Disaster Relief/Resources page on its website that provides a full index of information, resources and organizations for those looking to make monetary or supply donations in support of the relief effort.

NAHB also is advising its members of the following resources for more information on the recent tornado outbreak:

For more information or resources on disaster recovery please visit NAHB’s Disaster Recovery Toolkit or contact Jonathan Falk, Field Specialist for Disaster Relief, at 800-386-5242 x8005.