MIAMI VALLEY — Local organizations and churches this year say that they are anticipating seeing more families in need of food. For some, it may be the first time they are asking for help. But help is available. News Center 7′s Monica Castro visited several agencies giving out food.
Evangel Church of God has been serving up hot meals on Thanksgiving Day for the last decade. This year, amid the pandemic, the tradition continues.
Senior Pastor David Renfro said last year, they served between 500-600 meals. But this year, he knows there’s a hunger crisis.
“Well we are anticipating possibly a large number, we know the need is great for our community here,” he said.
Over at the Dayton FoodBank, it has been an increasing demand for food during the pandemic.
“Last year, right before Thanksgiving we saw about 425. Given the increase in visits we have seen so far since March there’s been an increase so between 400-500,” said Dayton FoodBank Outreach lead, Caitlyn McIntosh.
The FoodBank offers a drive-thru pick up for families every week Monday-Wednesday.
Just a mile away, Miami Valley Meals will also be doing the same but for the first time. The non-profit usually makes food for other local organizations to distribute. But it decided to host its own food giveaway next Wednesday, November 25th from 9 am to noon at the University of Dayton Arena and Trotwood-Madison High School.
“Between the two sites, there will be 6,000 meals, some distribution as family meals of four and some distributed as individuals,” said Amanda DeLotelle, Executive Director of Miami Valley Meals.
House of Bread always serves lunch from 11 am-1 pm. On Thanksgiving Day, they will serve from 11 am-1 pm a traditional thanksgiving day lunch. The majority of meals are carryouts and will have limited seating.
As local organizations and churches mentally and physically prepare for the holiday rush. Senior Pastor Renfro said he hopes a free warm meal can bring a little happiness during these troubled times.