United Way of the Greater Dayton Area For more resources during this time, contact United Way of Greater Dayton HelpLink 211. The 24-hour lifeline to a free, confidential, and compassionate professional who will review your needs. Dial 211 for questions or concerns and or email at email@example.com.
AuntBertha.com An on-line listing of resources. Simply type in your zip code, you can choose from information about services related to food, housing, health and more. Remember, things are changing rapidly these days and on-line information may be outdated so please call ahead to confirm services.
How utility, phone and internet companies are giving consumers a break during coronavirus pandemic (note: if your utility company is not listed, check with them directly to learn more about their COVID-19 response) Important utility information from the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel With many Ohioan’s facing health and employment challenges, the OCC would like to make consumers aware of important information on how to stay connected to utility service. As you are aware, this situation is fluid and may change daily. Please feel free to check our website at www.occ.ohio.gov for updates and additional information. Consumers unable to pay for utility service, or facing a disconnection of service, are encouraged to contact their utility providers directly for their policies during this crisis. Utilities may be waiving late fees, avoiding terminations and providing payment arrangements beyond those already provided by Ohio law. OCC’s Your Guide to Energy Disconnection and Reconnection fact sheet provides important information about rights and responsibilities involving disconnection and reconnection issues and payment assistance opportunities for investor-owned utilities.
Winter Crisis Program (E-HEAP) OCC would like to remind consumers that the Winter Crisis Program (also known as E-HEAP or Emergency HEAP) is currently available until the end of March for income eligible households if they have been disconnected, or face disconnection, to have their service restored or maintained. The Winter Crisis Program is a provision of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). HEAP provides a one-time payment toward winter heating bills per heating season for consumers with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Eligible Ohioans may apply for HEAP for this winter heating season currently through the end of March. An online application is available at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov. Generally, anyone wanting to apply for the Winter Crisis Program would need to do so at their local community action agency, unless that agency would direct them otherwise. Contact your local agency for their current procedure. Information for both HEAP and the Winter Crisis Program (E-HEAP) can be found on OCC’s fact sheet Home Energy Assistance Program: HEAP guidelines.
Winter Reconnect Order (WRO) The PUCO has extended the Winter Reconnect Order (WRO) through May 1, 2020 to reconnect or to avoid disconnection of investor-owned utilities. It normally ends in the middle of April. There are no income guidelines for eligibility, but it does not apply to municipally-owned utilities or rural electric co-ops. Additional information about the WRO can be found by clicking on the link above. The PUCO specified that the order to extend the WRO does not eliminate any payment obligations. Such obligations may be deferred based upon future filings made by the utility or stakeholder proposals. Please be Aware of Utility Service Scammers Scammers may also try to exploit this crisis by threatening to disconnect utility service without immediate payment. Be aware that utilities never require their customers to make immediate payments using prepaid cards or gift cards, and utilities do not request personal information to make a payment. If you are told your account is past due, you should contact your utility on their customer service line. OCC offers a fact sheet on How to Avoid Utility Scams and Fraud.
National PTA has joined several other education groups in calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to temporarily allow schools to utilize E-Rate program funding to provide Wi-Fi hotspots or devices with Wi-Fi capability to students who lack internet access at home. This action would help ensure that all students can remotely continue their education during the current public health emergency. The coronavirus pandemic is shining a bright light on the so-called “homework gap” experienced by 12 million students in this country. The gap refers to those students who do not have internet access at home and are unable to complete their homework—at a time when over 70% of educators assign schoolwork that requires the internet.
Free Food Available for Students
Nearly 22 million students depend on subsidized breakfasts and lunches served at schools. All Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs—including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs—have flexibilities and contingencies built-in to allow them to respond to on-the-ground realities in the event of a disaster or emergency situation. You can view the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Response to COVID-19 here.
Dayton Public Schools - Each Wednesday, students who visit a distribution site will receive enough meals to last five days, which includes 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches. Upcoming distribution dates include Wednesday, March 25th and Wednesday, April 1st. Food delivery for those who have already signed up will take place on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Students must be present for food to be delivered. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (937) 542-3000
DECA PREP: Provides free lunch & breakfast to students during the school closure. March 16 – April 03 (Monday-Friday)
Beavercreek City Schools-Feed the Creek will provide meals to all students within three locations. If you are unable to make these designated picks up times and would like meal support, please contact Feed the Creek at 937-626-7705 to make arrangements.
Centerville City Schools- Monday-Friday through March 26, school buses and school transportation vehicles will deliver food to 14 locations across the Centerville-Washington Township community. Students can meet the school vehicles at the location closest to where they live to pick up their food. Food will be delivered to these seven locations at approximately 10-10:20 a.m. each day. Click here to find locations.
If you have any questions, please contact the Student Nutrition Services supervisor via email or call (937) 433-8841, Ext. 2015.
Miamisburg City Schools- Food distribution will be weekly on Wednesdays during the school closure at the following locations from 4 PM-6 PM. Click here for a food distribution location. For any questions about this information or the locations for the food pick up, please call the central office staff at 937.866.3381.
Trotwood Schools- Providing lunches while schools are closed. Click here for details. Any questions please call Jim Putman, Nutritional Service Supervisor (937)854-3050 ext. 1120 or 1146. These sites are subject to change.
Pathway School of Discovery-Families may pick up frozen meals (including reheating instructions) from 173 Avondale Dayton Ohio 45404. Pick up times will be between 9 am - 2:00 p.m., Monday—Friday while supplies last each day. We can offer up to two meals per day for every child in our school community and can provide for up to three days of meals at one time. Please note that a child DOES NOT have to be a Pathway student to receive meals. We will serve food to any child 0-18 years old. Parents will be allowed to pick up items and take them home for student consumption. Students do not need to be present in order for parents to receive their child(s) meals. Items may be picked up from the school main doors (Door 1). Families are not allowed to enter into the school building beyond the main lobby.
Local Growers Offer Healthy Food While it’s chaotic in the grocery stores, there is a number of farmer’s markets and local growers selling fresh, healthy food. Locally grown food creates jobs while providing healthy food in a way that’s more gentle to the environment. And it’s delicious! The Second Street Market is closed temporarily but you can find some of their vendors by following them on Facebook or at Five Rivers MetroParks site. Some have delivery and on-line ordering options. Supporting local businesses while getting tasty, healthy food is a real WIN-WIN!
Information for Local Growers If you are a local grower, there are resources for you. Ohio State Extension is sharing science-based information on the COVID – 19 crisis. Check out the Fact Sheets for dairy, fruit, veggies growers and much more. If you need more information, contact Suzanne Mills-Wasniak email@example.com or call 937-733-8840.
House of Bread Ensuring people can eat and have access to healthy foods is critical, now more than ever. The House of Bread needs extra take out containers. If anyone knows of any restaurants able to donate and possibly won't need them, would they be willing to share? House of Bread will also need plastic forks and spoons and napkins, and bottled water. Contact Melodie Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate or questions you may have.
No Child Hungry Dayton chef Aimee Plesa is rallying her friends and local chefs to provide bag lunches for children in need during the three week coronavirus school break. Facebook| (513) 404-5372| email: email@example.com
WITH GOD’S GRACE MOBILE FOOD PANTRY “We show people we care, that they have value, and that they are loved – by us and by God. It is our intention that they receive not only food for their physical hunger, but generous portions of kindness and grace to feed their spiritual and emotional hungers. Facebook or call 937-397-4124.
The Food Bank For over 40 years, The Foodbank has served as the primary source of food for the hunger relief network in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank — the only one of its kind in the area — relieves hunger in the community through a network of partner agencies by acquiring and distributing food. The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for more than 100 member food pantries, community kitchens, and shelters that serve as the charitable hunger relief network in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.
Effective Immediately: Due to increased demand, families will only be served once a month via the drive-thru. You MUST bring an ID or proof of household. The Foodbank last drive-thru will be held on 3/27/2020. Information for April distributions will be released later this month as we look to moving to scheduled appointments. For more information call 937-461-0265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. OrFacebook
National Guard Members Assist Foodbank Inc. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through March from 1 pm-3 pm, families are welcome to visit the drive-thru at 56 Armor Place Dayton, 45417. Clients must stay in their cars. The Foodbank will offer walkup services for folks who ride the bus. Clients without transportation please contact 937- 461-0265 x31 to make an appointment for assistance. Thanks to the National Guard in assisting and playing a critical role in efforts to help relieve hunger in our community during this public health crisis.
CAKE, HOPE AND LOVE Free bag lunches for children home due to fears of the spread of coronavirus. Contact on FACEBOOK Other Resources:
Good Neighbor House Extends Food Pantry Hours Food Pantry has extended hours to meet the needs of the community. Open Monday through Friday 9-6, visitors must be checked in at GNH at 5 pm for guaranteed service. 937-224-3003. The dental clinic is open for emergency/critical services on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and tongue and lip tie procedures will still be performed on breastfeeding babies. Call 937-224-3442 for more info.
AREA AGENCY ON AGING The Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 helps adults of west central Ohio remain in their homes with independence and dignity. The independent, private, nonprofit corporation plans and funds services for older persons in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties. The 12 Area Agencies on Aging in Ohio are part of a national aging service network. Call: 937-341-3000.
MEALS ON WHEELS The kitchen staff prepares a menu of 31 nutritionally balanced meals for clients in the Greater Dayton, Greater Cincinnati (Hamilton & Butler counties) and Northern Kentucky areas. EMail: wesleycs.org/meals-on-wheels
GATEWAY CATHEDRAL CHURCH ADDRESS: 5501 Olive Road, Trotwood PHONE: 937-790-4283 MESSAGE FROM Rev. Norman J. Scearce: “In light of the Governor’s ban on gatherings of 100 people or more, (to exclude churches for the purposes of worship and religious activities) The Gateway Cathedral will be open as a feeding site to provide lunch (at this time only) on Tuesday March 17th through the duration of the school closings, in partnership with Trotwood-Madison City Schools. (Time of lunch to be determined.) It is our desire to open temporarily, as an “Emergency Child Care Site” but will need assistance in staffing. If you would like to assist in our efforts over the next three weeks please email: email@example.com
If you are a parent and will need child care, we will assess the feasibility over the next three days, and will start as early as Tuesday. Note: a nominal fee for care must be assessed, in order to provide breakfast and staffing.
Available positions in stores like Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, Amazon, and Aldi have immediate openings in Dayton. For more information visit their website. Also, many senior services are hiring for meal delivery, laundry, personal care, and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see what postings are available in your area.