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Serving up hope newsletter spring 2021- image is a hand holding a piece of bread with a heart in the center.

Sit back, relax, and check out our
Spring 2021 Serving Up Hope Newsletter! 
We're excited to share what we've been up to lately at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and Social Center.
Scroll on!


A recipe box is open with a card inside that says

We have condensed the last year of our activities into a booklet available to read digitally! Plus, food puns!


A volunteer is in the center in the kitchen, treats in front of her on a table, wearing a black baseball cap and apron, head down looking at the task before them. To the left is another volunteer facing away from the camera, and to the right is another volunteer facing away from the camera. Another figure is facing away, walking out of the shot. There are donuts and Saran Wrap on the table, and the center volunteer is preparing to wrap them.

There have been a lot of changes at Our Daily Bread since COVID-19 hit, and we understand that you may have questions about coming back to volunteer on site. We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions for you.


Bag of sugar, dry creamer, coffee, and a box of bags of tea

Our most pressing needs for donations are:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Fresh fruit
  • Juice boxes/pouches
  • Fruit cups
  • Quart or gallon-size tea bags
  • Packets of ranch dressing, mayo, and tartar sauce

Thank you in advance for any support you can provide! Directions for dropping off donations and additional opportunities to help out can be found on our website.


A woman wearing a face mask and blue rubber gloves stands at a prep table with a knife, cutting board and pineapple, looking directly at the camera.

Superstar volunteer Patty has logged 110 volunteer hours with Our Daily Bread so far in 2021 and helped establish a partnership with Master Provisions, a nonprofit that helps connect us with food donations. Learn more on our blog!


Four college students wearing protective face masks and winter clothes huddled together outside Our Daily Bread

For the second year, Our Daily Bread was proud to host members of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine Service Learning Class (Class of 2024!). Read about their service learning experience on our blog!


Four women serving food on the line- the photo is from maybe the late 80s? One woman has very big blonde hair!

As you may know, we have been working on archiving photos, articles, awards, and more from Our Daily Bread's history. Andi Nicholson, Kids Club Assistant, has been exploring cabinets, closets, and boxes and archiving what she finds.

"Our Daily Bread is a special place. It has a heart and soul that you feel as soon as you walk in.  Though usually bustling, the dining room has a sense of calm and community. As a Kids Club assistant, I get to work with amazing kids, helping with homework, playing games and chatting about their days. Unfortunately, when Covid-19 hit, we had to close Kids Club temporarily. In the meantime, we got a glimpse into how and why Our Daily Bread came to be! 

While still providing groceries for our Kids Club families, we began working on the History Project, digitally archiving 35 years of photos, newspaper articles, awards, hand written letters and cards and other pieces of our story. As we shifted through albums a bigger picture emerged and told the story of how Our Daily Bread got its heart and soul. 

Founder Cookie Vogelpohl had a driving passion to support people through hard times and form genuine relationships. Decades-old photos of guests and volunteers in our first building on Logan Street, features in local and national news and moving personal stories show how Cookie’s vision unfolded over 35 years. Her belief that each and every person deserves comfort and dignity is evident in the work she has put into making Our Daily Bread what it is today."

Click the links below to explore our blog posts full of old photos!

Thank you for reading!
We appreciate your support!

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Contact Us

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


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.

We feed people.
You can, too!

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