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When You Visit

The Hearth Food Pantry is a “choice” food pantry. This means that each client will choose the majority of their own groceries throughout the pantry to ensure you receive groceries your family will enjoy.


  • We are open on Tuesdays, except for the first Tuesday of each month on which we are closed.

  • We open at 2pm and close promptly at 7pm.

  •  We do not have a limit on how many days you can visit our pantry. You may come each Tuesday we are open during the month.

  •  We do not have a zip code restriction.

  • Anyone receiving services from the pantry must be 18 years old or older.

  • Only one (1) order of groceries will be given PER HOUSEHOLD, regardless of the number of people in the household.

  • You may only line up and/or enter the parking lot ONE HOUR prior to the opening time of 2pm. No one should be in line or in the parking lot earlier than 1pm.

  • Clients will enter the pantry in groups. You will take a number and be seated until your group is called to go through the pantry line. (Note: This will add on to the time that you will be spending at the pantry as each person will go through the line themselves. Please plan accordingly.)

  • While we try to have boxes available, all clients are encouraged to bring their own grocery bags/boxes in the event we run short. Sturdy laundry baskets also work well. 

  • Clients may only pick up groceries for themselves and ONE OTHER CLIENT with the appropriate documentation. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

  • The only documentation needed for registration is a picture ID such as a Driver’s License or State ID. This is also a requirement of the Dayton Foodbank. We must see your ID at each pantry when you register.  It is strongly suggested that you bring this with you and have it out and ready for our registration volunteers when approaching the table.

Our schedule is posted on our Facebook page (The Hearth Community Place). 

We are excited to see you all Tuesday!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to receive pantry services?

Driver's License or State ID is required for registration. We also recommend you bring grocery bags or laundry baskets to carry food home if possible.

What zip codes/cities do you serve?

We do not have zip code or city limitations. We are happy to provide pantry services regardless of where you reside.

What food is provided?

We provide meat, dairy, bread, non-perishable items, and fresh produce. Through our partnership with East Dayton Christian Church, The Foodbank of Dayton, Schwebel’s Bakery, Kroger, UDF, Dollar General and other local businesses, we serve individuals and families eligible for the Federal Emergency Food Assistant Program. Our fully “client choice” model empowers food recipients to select items within each major food group that best fits their household’s unique needs.

When is the pantry open?

The pantry is open most Tuesdays from 2-7pm. We are closed the FIRST TUESDAY EACH MONTH. Our current calendar is provided on our homepage or you can also find it on Facebook under The Hearth Community Place.

Can I volunteer at The Hearth Community Place?

Absolutely! Call 937-903-9791 to inquire about available dates and times. Generally, we are in need of volunteers to unload trucks from 9am-noon on Mondays and volunteers work in shifts on Tuesdays from 1:30-7:30pm. Since we utilize the church building we have set-up and special opportunities often for volunteers. Lifting and standing are not required, however, they are helpful. 

How often may I visit?

We do not limit how many times a family can access food pantry food per month. You're welcome to come as often as you need. If you need assistance when the pantry is closed, please call our partners at The Foodbank  at (937) 238-5132 or our friends at United Way's HelpLink 2-1-1 for assistance connecting to another program (937-225-3000 or 1-800-917-3224).  .

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