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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
text reading serving up hope summer 2022 newsletter with our logo mark, which is line art of a hand holding a piece of bread with a heart in the center

Sit back, relax, and check out what's happening at Our Daily Bread!

Learn how we're keeping cool as cucumbers in this heat, get a great deal on our t-shirts during our fire sale, and more!

Scroll on!


A photo outdoors of a blue wooden board mounted on a stand with two water taps on it and a hose coming from the back. There is a bike locked next to it on a bike locking station. The wall behind it is yellow.

Our free water tap on the side of our building is ready to help anyone cool off!

This summer, the heat has been on! Thankfully, we and our guests have been cooling off and hydrating with donations of Gatorade and Propel mixes, iced tea, and lots of water. On the hottest days, we've been handing out cold drinks about as fast as we can pour them. And after service hours, our outdoor water tap on the Elder St. side of our building is always available for anyone to stop and get some H2O.

On top of that, we got an almost-overwhelming amount of cucumbers donated in June! As we worked our way through them, we served some delicious cucumber salad with meals every day, and we were slicing them up to put in baggies with ranch dressing for snack bags.

Our to-go window has been open for on-the-go guests to get meals, snack bags and drinks, and our dining room and rest areas have provided a respite from the heat for many.


A photo portrait of Cookie Vogelpohl smiling

Cookie Vogelpohl, founder of Our Daily Bread

We're excited to celebrate our founder's birthday! Cookie Vogelpohl was a force for good, and we'd love to give our guests home-baked cookies in her honor.

If you have a knack for baking, sign up for a cookie donation drop-off slot (no parking necessary!) for August 17th or 18th (7am-Noon). To give the day some extra flair, put please a couple cookies each in festive bags so they're ready for us to hand out. Who knows, "Cookies for Cookie" may become a tradition around here!

Not into baking but want to honor Cookie's birthday? Consider donating $81 for what would have been her 81st birthday on 8/18. Donate online here.


a young woman stands against a yellow wall with our daily bread painted on it in dark green script

Kate Bailey poses for a portrait at the beginning of her internship

β€œIt was such a special experience seeing all these people contribute towards Our Daily Bread’s mission, even more so knowing that this was something I was able to help create."

Want to peek behind the curtain of our summer fundraiser? Our Digital Marketing Intern, Kate, reflected on her experience working on our Festival of FUNds in a post on our blog.


Two young male volunteers smiling and giving thumbs up wearing aprons and gloves in the kitchen

John and John, two summer volunteers, on their last day for the season

It's almost back-to-school time! That means our summer volunteers are wrapping up their time with us, and we're scheduling new on-site soup kitchen volunteer orientations for the fall.

On-site volunteers prepare food in our large kitchen, serve meals for our guests in our dining room, and box up meals that we prepare for our to-go window. They also keep the dining room tidy and clean, bussing and wiping down tables.

If you can't volunteer on-site, we also have some great off-site volunteer opportunities! Get together with your family, friends, church, or another group to make sandwiches as a team. Or, take on some cooking or baking at home by yourself or with youngsters in your family! Learn more here.


A stack of slices of pineapple

Pineapple slices getting prepped in the kitchen

Our current most pressing donation needs include:

  • Sugar for coffee (bags rather than packets)
  • Fresh fruit (oranges & bananas)
  • Juice boxes
  • Fruit cups
  • Pepper & salt (large size for kitchen use)
  • Bottled water
  • Toilet paper
  • Foil
  • Ziploc bags (quart & sandwich sizes only)

If you'd like to drop off any items (no parking necessary!), click the button below, and scroll to our donation drop-off instructions with a handy map.

Can't make it to drop off? Check out our Amazon wishlist here to see what you can have delivered to us.


Sarah sits at a table with a white tablecloth on it. The front of the tablecloth says Hamilton County Quick Response Team. Sarah is wearing a black shirt and black bandana, glasses, and is smiling at the camera. In front of her on the table is a laptop, stacks of papers and information postcards laid out, and canvas bags with the QRT logo. She is in front of a half wall with lots of plants, and there is an inviting chair in front of her table.

Sarah sits at the Quick Response Team table, ready to help as always

A couple months ago, we gave a big warm welcome BACK to Sarah from Hamilton County Quick Response Team (QRT)! Throughout Covid, she was visiting us and serving meals once a week, building rapport with our guests. After some time away, she has returned in a different capacity- visiting on Wednesdays to offer recovery resources and distribute harm reduction supplies, hygiene kits, and more, with the QRT.

Sarah is non-judgmental, sincere, and friendly, and that makes our guests feel comfortable talking to her, even about highly-sensitive issues. They know they can trust her and even look forward to seeing her. We're so glad to welcome her back to continue her awesome work with our guests.


three photos of staff and volunteers wearing Our Daily Bread t-shirts

Staff and volunteers posing to show off their t-shirts

We need to make room for new inventory, so Our Daily Bread t-shirts are on sale for just $10 each! Show your love for your favorite soup kitchen in four different designs. Plus, cook books and totes are $10 each, too! All funds go toward our operation of feeding people while reducing food waste.


dramatic shot of plates of strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake ready for dine-in guests

Finally, we'd like to express our gratitude to all our supporters who help out in a ton of different ways- wonderful people who volunteer on site, make sandwiches and other foods at home, spread the word about us, provide transportation for food rescues, purchase food and supplies from our Amazon wishlist, send us monetary donations, organize canned food drives, and more! We appreciate you.

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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