Dayton, Ohio (Nov. 22, 2022) –Montgomery County Strategic Initiatives is teaming up with Dayton Young Black Professionals, Miami Valley Meals, local businesses and organizations to provide 1,000 residents with Thanksgiving meals during the 3rd Annual West Dayton Give Back: The Give Thanks Initiative.
The drive-thru giveaway is Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club Dayton at 1828 W Stewart St. and Omega Baptist Church at 1821 Emerson Ave. in Dayton.
"I told the Commissioners that I'd really like to do this on behalf of the Administration, and they wholeheartedly agreed," said Michael Colbert, County Administrator. "The County is proud to work with Dayton Young Black Professionals to support our residents."
Commissioner Judy Dodge said many residents need this support now more than ever.
“While some are still recovering from the financial toll caused by the pandemic, others are facing new struggles caused by inflation,” said Commissioner Dodge. “To be able to provide families in our area with a Thanksgiving meal gives them more than something to eat. It gives them comfort.”
County employees are giving back by helping distribute meals at Omega Baptist Church.
"Being a sponsor for this event feels great but meeting these families and seeing how much this means to them first-hand helps us connect with the residents we serve," said Haley Carretta, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Montgomery County.
This year's meals include turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and green bean casserole. These frozen and ready-to-reheat dinners are provided by Miami Valley Meals.
“Our community is made up of helpers, who are deeply invested in progress and its people, and we thank each and every person who puts their trust in us to provide warmth and nourishment through our meals to those who need it,” said Amanda DeLotelle, the Executive Director of Miami Valley Meals.
Families will also receive a winter kit with hand warmers, foot warmers, socks, gloves and more.
The West Dayton Give Back is made possible thanks to sponsors like Montgomery County, Dayton Children’s, Premier Health, Hall Hunger Initiative and more.
“These sponsorships enable our community access to critical resources they otherwise would not have," said Daj'za Demmings, the Executive Director of Dayton Young Black Professionals.
Thanksgiving meals and winter kits are first come, first served. For more information on additional meal distribution sites, visit www.miamivalleymeals.org/thanksgiving.