Now that the West Dayton ALDI has permanently closed its doors, local food pantries are doing their part to make sure neighbors don’t go hungry.
“With ALDI closing, it’s going to be a huge impact in the community,” said Nicole Adkins, who runs the With God’s Grace food pantry in Dayton.
This past weekend, nearly 120 families showed up at her mobile food pantry just blocks away from ALDI before the store shut down. Now, her team is stocking up on extra food, prepared for that demand to increase rapidly.
“We are actually trying to get more fresh produce,” Adkins said. “We’re starting to carry dairy items. So packing up more dairy items and meat items.”
Neighbors have told us that access to fresh food is now lacking since there are no other grocery stores nearby.
“We made sure that we had extra produce, made sure that we had that on hand so that they can give out fresh, healthy food to people who are in need,” said Lora Davenport of the Dayton Foodbank.
The Foodbank, which helps provide donations to local food pantries, is also preparing for higher demand, Davenport said. The Dakota Center, which plans to host a mobile food pantry in the area, is expecting 200 families, she added.
“Helping West Dayton is not just a one-person act,” Davenport said. “It’s going to take a group of organizations and the community coming together to help out.”
According to organizers with the Dakota Center, the group’s first mobile food pantry is set to open Thursday at the Shabach Ministries Church on West Third Street from 10 a.m. to noon.
With God’s Grace hosts a mobile food pantry on Drexel Avenue the second Saturday of each month, Adkins said.