Help Us Eliminate Poverty in Our Community – Month by Month

Please know, you do not have to be a member of this faith, or any faith, to be able to help volunteer at any of these events.

May – August

Summer Lunch Ministry Program

Volunteers monitor lunch, offer fun and/or educational activities and provide love and connection to others at 7 different residential sites in Lakota.  Volunteers are not responsible for buying or making the lunches.

summer-lunch In collaboration with the Lakota Child Nutrition Department, Lakota Schools, Mission Possible and Butler County Success lunch will be served to low-income children by using School Buses converted into Food Buses!

Lunch is served 7 Sites including Meadowridge Apartments, Gettysburg Mobile Home Community, Lakota Lakes Apartments, Deer Run Apartments, Liberty Junior School plus 2 new sites: Princeton Village Mobile Home Community and Countryside Mobile Home Community.

In 2016, approximately 15,000 lunches were served to several hundred at-risk children, with more than 500 volunteers from 23 churches, several schools and businesses giving love and attention to the kids.

A collaborative Lakota outreach for several years, Summer Lunch has allowed Church Partners to show God’s love by helping feed low-income children all summer. Due to the Food Bus being added in 2016, volunteers are now able to concentrate on the children with love, attention and activities. The outreach is funded by a variety of sources including: USDA; Caring Community Collaborative; Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, church partners and private donors.

Ongoing During School Year

Whiz Kids – Literacy Program sponsored by City Gospel Mission

Whiz Kids is a literacy-based, one-to-one tutoring and mentoring program that has been recognized as a “Best Practice Program” by the Ohio Governor’s office. We work closely with local churches and organizations as they embrace a neighborhood public elementary school, develop relationships with school administrators, and provide tutors for the children. Tutoring sessions typically occur for one hour each week during the school year. If you’d like to learn more about Whiz Kids, please contact Janean at

Ongoing During the Year

Serving Dinners: 

  1. Stepping Forward Tuesday Night Dinners & Getting Ahead Program at Faith Community United Methodist Church

Interested in serving at Stepping Forward?

Contact or click here for more information

2015 Schedule of Churches Serving Each Week

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Many people grow up in generational poverty while others experience economic hardships after a job loss, divorce, or major medical problems.  Getting out of these situations can be difficult as there can be many barriers in the way.  Stepping Forward can help you with specific skills, tools, and relational support so you can move out of poverty to a higher level of self sufficiency.

Every Tuesday night – Stepping Forward includes:

  1. Free Community Dinner • 6-7 pm
  2. Free Job and Life Skills classes • 7-8:30 pm (see list below)
  3. Free ESL Classes for all  adults, all levels • 7-8:30 pm
  4. Referrals to needed services • 6:30-8:00 pm
  5. Homework Room and fun activities for the Kids • 6:30-8:00 pm


Food Pantry for qualified families living in the Lakota School District • 6:30-8 pm

2. West Chester Presbyterian Community Suppers – Monday Nights

Community Suppers: Either help serve or come and enjoy a meal with friends.  There are several groups that take turns serving suppers every Monday to the community.  They work from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  For more information about joining a group, contact the church office at 777-1705.

3. Over-The-Rhine Soup Kitchen

Our work helps insure that the areas low income, homeless, and working poor people are provided with a hot, home-cooked meal.

Over the Rhine – We prepare, cook and serve lunch on the 4th Saturday of every month.

1620 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 241-5121

Directions can be found:

How can I help?

Be a volunteer! Families are encouraged to help out and children have to be able to work independently.    Tasks: Meal preparation, cooking and serving cafeteria style.

  •  Over the Rhine – we need minimum of 8 volunteers. We start cooking at 9 a.m. to serve at noon to 1 p.m.


Sing Out Against Poverty Music Festival

When Sat, September 30, 2017, 12 pm – 5 pm
Where The Square at Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069, USA (map)
Description Sing Out Against Poverty is a Christian Music Festival with bands from church partners providing music along with free food and fun for the whole family. Proceeds go to support Faith Alliance hunger and education programs serving those in poverty in our community.
Last Years Video: