DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Some people in Dayton spent their Independence Day holiday helping others.
With God’s Grace food pantry has been feeding hungry families for years, and this Wednesday is no exception.
“Hunger doesn’t stop just because it’s a holiday,” founder Nicole Adkins said. “If we can make that little difference for them and show them that we love them. regardless of where they are in life, that they can be something, they can pick of their boots and come back up.”
The east Dayton food pantry feeds hundreds of people every week – all thanks to donations and volunteers who make it happen.
At the food pantry this morning, scores of people lined up to get bread, canned goods, milk, and other essentials – free of charge.
“It’s a great place to be,” volunteer Heather Dearth said. “It feels like a big hug.”
The food pantry started three years ago in Adkins’ home and it grew throughout the years in response to the need in Dayton communities.
“It’s just a dry desert right now and this just helps so many people out – the elderly people, the children,” volunteer Cheryl Arwood said. “We’re just trying to get out there and give people that little extra help that we need out in this community.”
And it’s more than just food. Adkins says her team works to foster a sense of community and belonging.
“We believe that if we give back to our community and show them the love, support, the emotional support that they really need. This will help them to get back on their feet,” Adkins said.
If you’re interested in donating or volunteering to help, Adkins says you can simply show up at their warehouse location at 622 Springfield St in Dayton.
You can visit their website at https://withgodsgracepantry.org for more details.