DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– WDTN-TV is kicking off its 42nd annual Food for Friends campaign today and will run through Christmas Eve! Dayton Food Bank Representative Lee Truesdale joined Living Dayton on Wednesday to help us celebrate.

We are extremely thankful for our partners River Valley Credit Union, The Good Feet Store and Rush Transportation & Logistics to make the 42nd year truly remarkable! The Food for Friends barrels return this holiday season and will be located at River Valley Credit Union locations and The Good Feet store at Greene Crossing. 

Those interested in helping our neighbors in need may also go to, click on Working For You and then the Food For Friends tab to find information on how to make a monetary donation. Every dollar raised via online donations will go directly to local food banks.  

“For over 40 years, it’s been our mission to help fight food insecurity in the Miami Valley,” said Melissa Jones, WDTN-TV Vice President & General Manager.  “Whether it’s placing items into our Food for Friends barrels or by making a monetary donation, your generosity will go a long way in helping those in need.”

Since 1982, the Food for Friends campaign has collected and distributed over 15 million food items to families in need through The Foodbank of Dayton and other food pantries throughout the Miami Valley.

For a complete list of barrel locations or to make a monetary donation visit