About Us

Our mission:
To prevent hunger and serve as a bridge to beneficial community resources.

Operating Hours:
Building Open from 10:00am – 1:30pm
Lunch Served from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Guiding principles:
The House of Bread was founded in 1983 by Sister Dorothy Kammerer and Joe Bettman, with the belief that no one deserves to go hungry. Over 30 years since the first meal was served, the House of Bread today operates with that very principle.

At the House of Bread, we believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Everyone deserves to have a meal in a place where they feel welcome and appreciated. No one is ever turned away from the House of Bread, and everyone is treated as a special guest.

We prevent hunger by offering a hot, nutritious, lunchtime meal 7 days a week. Staff and volunteers work together, primarily using donated food, to prepare the meal each day.  We serve lunch in two dining rooms, with one being specifically for our families with children.

We don’t believe in duplicating programs or resources offered by other social service agencies in the area. So while our guests enjoy lunch, we offer them referrals and assistance in accessing needed resources. We help our guests with everything from a simple phone call, referral to emergency shelter, to help with finding a preschool for their children.

Where we are:
We offer this meal in our dining room on 9 Orth Avenue in Innerwest Dayton. We’re close to the intersection of West Third and Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, and we’re just off Negley Avenue. You can also locate us off West Riverview, on the other side of McIntosh Park, and behind Catholic Social Services building.

Oversight and Accountability:
The House of Bread is a private, 501c3 not for profit organization. We are overseen by a Governing Board of Directors, who hire and advise the Executive Director. The House of Bread meets all accountability standards set by the Better Business Bureau, and is a member of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. We are partner agency of the United Way of the Greater Dayton. Our financial records are audited at the end of each fiscal year.


Melodie Bennett
Executive Director

Teresa Wendell
Director of Guest Relations and Community Initiatives

Taraisa Fecke
Director of Food Resources 

Patti Lovely

Ruby Benson
Guest Relations

Entisar Khan

Hiacinthe Greene-Modeste
Extraordinary Chef

Laura Cotton
Weekend Chef

Scottie Parks
Cook and Utility Staff