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our logo in white. it has a slice of bread with a heart in the center. text reads established 1985, our daily bread soup kitchen and social center
a graphic with a black background. white text reads serving up hope next to a logo illustration of a hand holding a slice of bread with a heart in the center. at the bottom is text reading fall newsletter 2022 with hearts on either side.

Sit back, relax, and check out what's happening at Our Daily Bread! We're talking about getting back to our social center activities, working with other agencies, fun ways to help out, and a special save-the-date for the 2022 #Bread4Bread.

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Emmilet standing holding a birthday bag looking at the camera smiling. She is in front of a sign that says is today your birthday? we'd love to give you a gift bag! Tell a staff member it's your birthday, and we'll get you one. Small text below reads no picking up bags for others. must show ID.

Emmilet poses with her birthday gift bag

We're so excited to be reopening our birthday program, and our guests are, too! Birthdays are important around here, and getting a gift bag with some thoughtfully-chosen items and a card can really make a guest’s special day even more special.

Every month, kind people fill gift bags with small gifts, hygiene products, socks, lip gloss, notebooks, first aid products, and much more. We have a long list of ideas for what to include, and birthday bag donors choose some items and even add others!

If you're interested in learning more or signing up for a birthday bag donation slot, check out the "birthday bags" section here:


two women are working on packing snack bags at a table with milk crates on top full of different foods

New security staff Keyvetta and Brittney assembling snack bags in the morning

Our Daily Bread has always been more than just a meal. We provide respite from the weather and a safe space to recharge. This is especially important to guests experiencing homelessness, as most shelters aren’t open in the day. Pre-COVID, 52% of our guests were experiencing homelessness. Now, it’s 70%.

Eating in community helps combat the loneliness that many guests face due to extreme poverty.  We’ve all eaten meals alone, and we’ve all eaten meals together – we know which meals taste better.

Many guests grab a quick bite on their way to work, so we are continuing to provide to-go meals for guests in a hurry. But, we have more guests dining in these days, and we now serve around 200 dine-in meals each day. Dine-in guests receive a full, respectful dining experience.

53% of our guests report using our services daily, and 27% visit us 2-4 times per week. Our guests depend on us, and, with your support, we have been here for them, adapting as we’ve needed to, but very grateful to return to what we were before.


two men sitting in colorful rocking chairs, looking comfy and smiling at the camera

Two of our daily nappers, Michael and Allen, modeling our new rocking chairs

We are slowly but surely getting back to the social center aspect of what we do. We pride ourselves on providing not only food, but a space for socializing and relaxing as well.

Our lower dining room is a quieter space full of new furniture- couches, big chairs, and three rocking chairs- for guests to nap safely, charge their phones and use our Wi-Fi, and just get comfortable. Many of our guests are unsheltered, and it can be hard to actually get good rest when you have to keep your guard up to stay safe.


a collage of three photos- two of people's hands drawing and coloring, and another of a long table covered in coloring pages and art supplies

Scenes from the Friday art table

We’ve started having art day on Fridays during meal time, providing coloring sheets, blank art paper, markers, colored pencils, and other materials. Making art and coloring can be meditative, therapeutic, and relaxing, and the art table is a nice space for guests to talk quietly with each other and get creative.


two people sitting behind a table with resource materials on it and chairs in front of it to sit and talk. The people look happy facing the camera, and one is waving.

Bill and Ashleigh visiting from Goodwill's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

We have been working to bring resources to our dining room for guests on a weekly schedule, and it’s been going great.

Mondays, we have Addiction Services Council providing connections to recovery and peer support. Tuesdays, Freestore Foodbank sends representatives to assist guests with getting IDs and birth certificates as well as applying for Medicaid and SNAP. Wednesdays, the Hamilton County Quick Response Team visits with harm reduction supplies and drug treatment connections. Finally, on Thursdays we host Goodwill’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program outreach staff (pictured above).

We’re so pleased to meet and work with others who care about guests’ well being and want to provide them with support and assistance.


a closeup of a hand holding a bagged sandwich. In the bag with the sandwich are a mayo packet and a note that reads keep going! with a smiley face.

Seven Hills school students prepared hundreds of sandwiches to donate!

Wondering how to help? Here's a list of some great ways to support our hungry neighbors!

Donate Food: We always need food donations- making sandwiches (a great activity for groups!), baking brownies, or donating a pre-cooked dish we can heat and serve is a great way to help lighten the load in our bustling kitchen.

Hold a Canned Food Drive: Bring together your church, company, neighborhood, or other group excited to help others with a simple activity that makes a direct impact. We're happy to help you get set up with materials and answer questions!

Donate Goods: We always need goods donations of 55 gallon trash bags, Ziploc sandwich bags, toilet paper, and more. We keep our needs list updated on our website. We know some of you out there are really savvy shoppers with memberships to Costco or Sam's Club, and these are definitely things we need in bulk on an ongoing basis.

If you can't make it down to drop off, purchasing from our Amazon Wishlist is a great option! It features foods, goods, kitchen supplies, ponchos, and more. Check out our newly-updated and expanded list here.


a black background with gritty text on it that reads our daily bread presents #Bread4Bread November 1-19, 2022 We feed people. you can, too!

Next month, YOU can help fight hunger and rescue good food- plus, win a fun 80’s-style design Our Daily Bread t-shirt and have your gift matched dollar for dollar! Create your own awesome fundraising page, create or join a team, or donate directly, all through our #Bread4Bread operations fund drive. Keep an eye on your email- we'll let you know when we launch!

If you want a sneak peek of the t-shirt design, or if you just want to know what we're up to more often than a quarterly newsletter, make sure you're following us on social media:


And that's a wrap- you made it through all our updates! Thanks for reading!





Every person in the Greater Cincinnati community has sufficient access to food, essential social services and a safe place of belonging. 


The mission of Our Daily Bread is to provide stability and hope to guests in need by offering meals, hospitality and services in a safe, respectful environment, located in Over the Rhine.


Our Daily Bread
1730 Race Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 621-6364


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