A Tradition of Giving

By: Jessie Kuhn | Staff Writer
On: December 01, 2016

It’s a Tuesday morning just like any other. Denny Edwards with Dayton-based The Foodbank drives up to the receiving area at Dorothy Lane Market Washington Square and heads to our Produce department. A DLM produce associate greets him with a cart loaded with assorted vegetables. “We have a lot for you today,” she says. Denny thanks her and loads the food into a truck, where it finds its way to feed area families facing hunger.

The Foodbank is just one of the many organizations DLM partners with to find a home for foods that are past the point of freshness for a retail environment, but are still safe to consume and be enjoyed. These products are mostly things like bread and produce, but can be other items, too. “We are thankful for Dorothy Lane Market’s support in providing nutritious food to help feed our one in five neighbors in the Miami Valley facing issues with hunger,” says Lora Davenport, community relations manager at The Foodbank.

Each store has formed relationships with a number of churches and food pantries and pick-ups happen almost daily, often by dedicated volunteers who work closely with each store’s receivers and some department managers. “It’s always very rewarding,” says Jenny Maisch, DLM Springboro’s receiver, who oversees the food donations at the Springboro store.

Fred Main, a resource coordinator for organizations such as One Bistro and The Castle, works closely with Jenny, as he picks up food donations multiple times a week, including Good Neighbor Sacks. "Nothing goes to waste," he says. One Bistro relies heavily on donations and will prepare good, healthy, wholesome meals with the food and offer it to the community using a "pay what you can" philosophy. "We’ve been very blessed by what Dorothy Lane Springboro has given us," Fred says.

The giving doesn’t stop with food donations. There are a number of ways that you can get involved, too:

The DLM Good Neighbor Program. Each year, Club DLM card members are given the option of choosing a new nonprofit organization to which to credit a percentage of their purchases in a given calendar year. At the end of the year, DLM will donate a lump sum to nonprofits under our Good Neighbor Program, and the giving will be disbursed to registered nonprofits by means of how participating customers choose (For more details or to select your organization of choice for 2017, click here.

Good Neighbor Sacks contain food items that go directly to local food banks and churches. In 2015, DLM customers came together to donate a total of 1,525 Good Neighbor Sacks. Each sack is filled to the brim with food recommended to us by local food banks. At checkout, just tell your cashier and we’ll ring up your donation. Each Good Neighbor Sack is $20; or, 2,000 Club DLM Rewards points.