For those in need, Our Daily Bread, a soup kitchen and social center based in Over-the-Rhine, serves daily meals throughout the week.
The non-profit organization is one of Cincinnati’s largest soup kitchens, working to provide basic needs to every guest. This includes food, children’s programming and other services.
With the help of volunteers and social workers, Our Daily Bread serves an average of 400 meals each day and nearly 100,000 each year. All of the food served is donated by the community and local agencies, including Kroger, Busken Bakery, Costco, JTM Meats and Findlay Market.
“Everything we do is based on what the community wants and what they’re looking for,” said Jeni Jenkins, Our Daily Bread’s director of communications. “We basically fill the gap between all the other agencies.”
In addition to serving food, the space is also used as a social center and operates an after-school kids club.
“We have a lot of folks that come here every day to play games [like] chess or cards, or to just see their friends in the neighborhood,” Jenkins said.
The after-school and summer kids’ club serves children in OTR. Children receive help with homework and a snack, and at the end of the week each child receives a bag of groceries to take home. Program hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Our Daily Bread is located at 1730 Race St. and is open Monday through Friday from 9:45- 11:45 a.m. While open most holidays, it is closed Christmas Day.
In addition, guests who show their ID for their birthday receive a free cake and bag. Our Daily Bread helps those without an ID, social security card or birth certificate get one.
“We are a place of love and care,” Jenkins said. “We are here for our guests and the people we serve. Every decision we make is based on how we think it will affect our guests.”