When You Visit

The Hearth Food Pantry is a full “choice” food pantry. This means that each client will choose their own groceries throughout the pantry and we will no longer be pre-boxing groceries for distribution. 


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHANGES:

  • 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. We understand that this will change things for some of you, however because of the choice setup we need to make this change for organizational purposes. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


WHAT WILL STAY THE SAME:

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

  •  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.

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

  • 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.

  • The only documentation needed for first registration on your first visit is a picture ID such as a Driver’s License or State ID.

  • Driver’s license or state ID brought weekly make registration much easier. 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). Our extended schedule is also posted online at our Facebook page


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 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, Costco 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 most updated calendar is provided on our Facebook page monthly

How can I volunteer at The Hearth Community Place?

Absolutely! Call 937-903-9791 to inquire about available dates and times. Generally, volunteers work in shifts on Tuesdays from 1:30-7:30pm, however, we have set-up and special opportunities often. 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. 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).  .