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The Foodbank, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio, an affiliate of Feeding America, services a 3-county area that includes Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. Each year, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) releases a study called How Hungry is America?, which provides data on food hardship — the inability to afford enough food — nationally, for every state, the District of Columbia, and 108 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) across the country. In 2019, Dayton ranked 42nd among 108 MSAs across the country with 1 in 6 households struggling with food hardship.

More broadly, 32.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dayton (42,400 out of 130,000 people) live below the poverty line (2019 data), more than double the national average of 13.1%. “A lot of industry in Dayton has fallen away, including a big General Motors plant, and people with high paying jobs lost their income,” explains James Hoffer, Garden & Union savings bank com Manager at The Foodbank, Inc. in Dayton. “They have had to rely on our Foodbank.” The situation has worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food rescue from more than 80 retailer partners accounted for 3.5 million pounds of food distributed by The Foodbank in 2019. “Our spoilage rates are incredibly low,” wrote Emily Gallion, The Foodbank’s Grants & Advocacy Manager and Caitlyn McIntosh, Development Manager, in the organization’s newsletter in February 2020. “Last year, we only lost about 1% of the food we acquired. However, considering that we distributed over 16 million pounds of food in 2019, even 1% can make a significant impact. Meanwhile, we were also buying compost for our urban garden and paying to remove food waste from our property.”

The 3-acre urban garden at The Foodbank, Inc. produces 8,000 lbs/year of produce for distribution. Photos courtesy of The Foodbank, Inc.

The Foodbank has about 500 to 600 lbs/day of spoilage (about 80 to 100 tons/year). It is located in a warehouse adjacent to center city Dayton on an old, 8.5 acre-industrial site, most of it paved. “We considered building a 3-bin composting system but due to our urban location and having neighbors close by, we had concerns about our ability to control odors and rodents,” says Hoffer, who started as a volunteer at The Foodbank in 2015 prior to joining the staff in 2017. “And we definitely had a need for the compost — 3 of those paved acres are home to the raised bed urban garden, which grows about 8,000 lbs/year of produce.”

On-Site Composting

Hoffer researched on-site composting options via the Internet, as well as visited sites with in-vessel units. These included Shenandoah National Park (Green Mountain Technologies Earth Flow with a cart tipper), Akron/Canton Zoo (Big Hanna), and Ohio University (Wright Environmental Services, Inc. in-vessel system). The Foodbank zeroed in on the self-contained Earth Flow in-vessel composter — similar to the one at Shenandoah National Park — with capacity to process 1,200 lbs/day of total feedstock, including food waste.

An auger mounted inside the Earth Flow in-vessel composter (above) mixes and helps aerate material. Cart tipper attachment to load the vessel (top right) and 1 cy bags (below right) to receive the compost as it discharges are shown.

The Ohio EPA has grants available through its Recycling montgomery county ohio food bank Litter Prevention Program. In 2018, The Foodbank applied for a $95,000 grant, which it received. “The grant covered about 70% of the cost of the Earth Flow, and then we received a 30% match from the Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation, as well as a donation from a private funder,” notes Hoffer. “We added a cart tipper on the loading end and an automated discharge unit on the output end. We also needed to install a pad for the composting vessel and upgrade the electric service. The site, which is adjacent to the urban garden, was already fenced in. A 100-foot access road was built. With everything, we have about $150,000 in the complete project.”

Composting got underway on November 1, 2019. The Foodbank has a Class 2 composting permit from Ohio EPA, which allows it to accept all food types of food waste, yard trimmings, agricultural waste, paper and cardboard, and compostable containers that meet ASTM D6400 or D6868 compostability standards, including those displaying the Biodegradable Products Institute’s “Compostable Logo.” The Class 2 permit requires facilities to register, obtain a license to operate and establish financial assurance. The permit also allows The Foodbank to accept food waste from off-site sources.

“The maximum amount that The Foodbank puts in is about 600 lbs/day, as there is not spoilage on a daily basis,” explains Hoffer. “Since COVID-19, less food is going to waste because demand is higher and we are distributing more at a faster rate. The Foodbank is centrally located in the greater Dayton metro area, which makes it convenient to come here and drop off food scraps. We are setting up a bucket exchange program where people and organizations make a donation to ‘purchase’ a 5-gallon bucket, and we will accept the food scraps twice a week.”

A biofilter built with pine bark nuggets treats the process air coming from the in-vessel composter.

Montgomery County, where Dayton is located, has a yard trimmings recycling program and delivers, free of charge, shredded leaves and wood chips, to the composting operation. Food waste, collected in wheeled carts, is tipped into the in-vessel composter. The shredded leaves and wood chips are added, and the feedstocks are mixed by the auger in the Earth Flow, which is built in a modified, intermodal shipping container (8-ft wide by 20-ft long). There is a stainless steel floor with holes that sits above aeration pipes on the bottom of the montgomery county ohio food bank. Air is forced up through the mass (10 minute on/off aeration cycles) and is pulled out by an exhaust blower into a biofilter comprised of pine bark nuggets that is adjacent to the composter. The exhaust blower runs continuously.

Material remains in the Earth Flow for 14 to 21 days, achieving temperatures to meet PFRP requirements (55°C for 3 consecutive days). The compost is cured for about 30 days, currently in 1-cubic yard (cy) construction bags (typically used by homeowners for construction debris). “The compost discharges into the bags, which we have been moving with a forklift that we also use in The Foodbank’s warehouse,” says Hoffer. “This is a temporary set up. We just poured montgomery county ohio food bank for bays where we will do the curing, and store the compost. The covered, open-sided structure, which costs about $20,000, will have solar panels on the roof that will produce some of the electricity for the in-vessel composter.” The Foodbank also procured a small front-end loader tractor to assist montgomery county ohio food bank operations.

Currently, curing takes place in 1 cy bags typically used for construction debris.

Finished compost, which will be stored over the winter, is used in the urban garden. Future plans include distributing a portion of the compost through an extensive network of community gardens and urban farms.

Food Waste Collection, Depackaging

Wheeled carts approved by the American Institute of Bakers — a food safety certifier — are used for food waste collection inside the warehouse. Volunteers do the collection, and any necessary depackaging of donated food wrapped in film plastic or in sealed plastic bags. “My biggest concern when we were considering composting on-site was contamination from the packaging, and how to efficiently remove it,” notes Hoffer. “We rely heavily on volunteers — we have about 7,000 to 10,000 annually — and they were tasked with the separation. As it turns out, that is the most popular and fun volunteer activity, in part because they know that although they were not able to help get this food to people, the compost is used to grow more food.”

Since the Earth Flow started operating last November, 53,000 lbs of food waste have been composted. “Using the in-vessel machine at a foodbank was not something we had seen before, so our project serves as a ‘proof of concept’ to demonstrate how to compost in a parking lot in an urban setting,” he adds. “We got the composter in part based on other community needs, including an urban location to process food scraps as well as a source of compost for those who grow food in the city and donate produce to The Foodbank to distribute. I had to sell the Board of Directors on the viability montgomery county ohio food bank the project — the cost savings to The Foodbank’s operation, as well as the ability to accept outside food scraps.”

The cost savings are already apparent, continues Hoffer: “In the past 6 months, we have more than paid for the electricity costs for the next 3 years. The Foodbank was spending $15,000/year for food waste disposal, in addition to trash hauling. We’ve been able to reduce the frequency of our trash collection service — and are saving about $10,000/year in what we had been spending on compost for the urban garden. Repurposing inedible food into something that feeds people is not as difficult as people may imagine.”


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SNAP Benefits Recipients in Montgomery County, OH (CBR39113OHA647NCEN)

Source:U.S. Census Bureau  

Release:Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates  

Units:  Persons, Not Seasonally Adjusted

Frequency:  Annual


The U.S. Census Bureau provides annual estimates of income and poverty statistics for all school districts, counties, and states through the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program. The bureau's main objective with this program is to provide estimates of income and poverty for the administration of federal programs and the allocation of federal funds to local jurisdictions. In addition to these federal programs, state and local programs use the income and poverty estimates for distributing funds and managing programs.

SNAP benefits are one of the data sources used in producing SAIPE program estimates. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the name for what was formerly known as the federal Food Stamp Program, as of October 1, 2008. The SNAP benefits data represent the number of participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for each county, state, and the District of Columbia from 1981 to the latest available year.

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Suggested Citation:

U.S. Census Bureau, SNAP Benefits Recipients in Montgomery County, OH [CBR39113OHA647NCEN], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;, November 26, 2021.


We truly appreciate all that want to be involved as we face this difficult time. As you use this website to find ways to volunteer, keep in mind that organizations are adapting their services and volunteer opportunities in alignment with current health guidance and evolving needs of our community. We urge you to be flexible, proactive and safe in your volunteer response and check montgomery county ohio food bank frequently for updates. 

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Grassroots Organizations & Start-Ups​

Are you looking for ways to organize or find neighborhood help in your community? While the Volunteer Center focuses on connecting volunteers with official nonprofit and government agencies, here are some emerging "unaffiliated" ways that neighbors are assisting neighbors or organizing special volunteer activities through this emergency. (If you have suggested additions to this list, email us at [email protected])

Teens Helping Seniors: High school students are coordinating teen and adult volunteers to deliver (through no contact) essential supplies to older residents in Montgomery County. In addition, the group needs volunteers to pick up produce from a central montgomery county ohio food bank and deliver to disabled walmart money card number in the DC area weekly. Email  [email protected] to get involved.

Here2Help: Focused on providing food for those in need, this local group delivers donated grocery items to those who request them. Volunteers are needed to serve as dispatchers and delivery drivers and/or to donate food or funds for purchasing groceries.

Communities Unbreakable: This community-led effort uses an online tool to connect people to help provide non-urgent community support in several Montgomery County neighborhoods. The organizers, from Rockville, built their platform on free technology and have offered technical assistance for other neighborhoods that could montgomery county ohio food bank use of the platform. For more information, email [email protected]

Covaid Mutual Aid Connector: Developed by a group of college students and recent grads, this is an online tool designed to match neighborhood volunteers with the elderly and immunocompromised residents in need of help based on zip code.

MoCo Mask Makers: Montgomery County residents have joined forces to match people who are making face masks with individuals and organizations that have requested them. Site also includes mask patterns and td bank call hours as well as information on donating mask-making supplies.

Masks for a Safer Community (MASC): Organized by a group of high school students from Montgomery and Frederick counties, MASC provides free masks to senior living facilities and many others. Participate by donating to purchase masks, or connect to help with distribution. Join this online neighborhood communications platform to follow and contribute to discussions about volunteer efforts. Plus, it now features  Nextdoor Help Maps, which allow you to sign up to offer a particular type of assistance to other residents in your community. (If seeking help, you can message any of those who have offered.) In addition, your neighborhood montgomery county ohio food bank have special  Nextdoor Groups devoted to volunteering or COVID-19.

Other Neighborhood Email Groups: Many neighborhoods, school clusters, and zip codes in Montgomery County have active listservs on and/or  Google Groups (and some may still be using  Yahoo Groups, which is ceasing support and therefore has lost many groups). Discussions often center on COVID-19, including ways to serve during this emergency. 

Taking Care While Being a Good Neighbor

As you reach out to help others, please protect yourself and those you are serving by taking the following precautions developed by Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Stay home unless you must be out for essential reasons.
  • Stay home what is capital markets day work, school, and all activities when you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
  • Keep away from montgomery county ohio food bank who are sick.
  • Limit close physical contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
  • Call, email, or text your neighbors who may need help.
  • If they are in need of immediate emergency care, call 911.
  • Limit your help to non-contact activities. For example:
    • Leave groceries on the doorstep. (Do not enter their house.)
    • Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before touching anything you deliver to them.
    • To promote social interactions and combat loneliness, speak with neighbors on the phone or by video chat (versus going into their homes) on a regular basis.
    • Conduct research on their needs and provide them with resources or connect them directly with help such as feeding, transportation to medical appointments, animal services, etc.
    • Alert authorities if you think that a neighbor is in danger.
  • Do not act on your own.
  • Create an online network for your community.
  • Remember to protect yourself first! Do not put yourself or others at risk.

Information for Organizations 

See our COVID-19 for agencies page for details on flagging your opportunities as "emergency response," recruiting "virtual volunteers," and more. 



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