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ORGANIZATION: Our Daily Bread - Soup Kitchen and Social Center


We feed people, and we do it with dignity.

Soup kitchen guests have the option to come inside to our dining room to eat, or to pick up meals, snack bags, and drinks at a to-go window. Volunteers begin boxing to-go meals at 8:10am, and we start serving at the to-go window and in the dining room at 8:30am to help our guests move quickly through line.

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 to-go meals as well as other agencies that provide shelter. They also keep the dining room tidy and clean, bussing and wiping down tables. In addition to meals, guests also receive "snack bags" with sandwiches, fruit, snacks, and treats to eat later in the day. Volunteers assemble these bags every day.

We understand that many volunteers have preferences of how they like to spend their volunteer time. While we try to respect these preferences when possible, there are certain tasks that need to be completed each day if we are to successfully serve our guests. We request that volunteers prioritize the following tasks before moving on to the other jobs (such as cooking) that they prefer.
· Dishing food on the serving line
· Packaging meals and transporting them on carts to the to-go window
· Stuffing bags with forks and napkins for to-go meals to be added
· Wrapping pastries
· Assembling snack bags

Most volunteers will not engage directly with the public. A few volunteers each shift will be in the dining room, but it is not required. They provide guests with trays and utensils to go through the serving line, or they bus tables.

We ask for individuals to make a weekly commitment, choosing one day per week when they have the greatest availability.

On-site shifts are Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-Noon. There is no weekend, afternoon or evening availability. The minimum age is 18 years, 16 to 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Students 15 years and younger may choose an off-site volunteer opportunity.

1 Shift

  • morning / 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM - FULL
    Weekdays only

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About Our Daily Bread - Soup Kitchen and Social Center


1730 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, US

Mission Statement

OUR VISION Every person in the Greater Cincinnati community has sufficient access to food, essential social services and a safe place of belonging. OUR MISSION 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 is Cincinnati’s largest soup kitchen, open since 1985. We serve 300+ hot, nutritious, free meals five days a week to neighbors who do not have a safe way to store or cook food for themselves, primarily people experiencing homelessness. Our guests are encouraged to go through the lunch line as many times as they need to get their fill. We also distribute shelf-stable bagged meals for guests to have something to eat during evenings and weekends.

Our soup kitchen operates with the support of our community- 100% of the food we serve is donated or rescued, sparing thousands of pounds of usable food from landfills each year. We partner with many friends around Cincinnati to bring food through our doors, like bakeries, restaurants, and grocery stores that donate food they are unable to use; individuals who transport rescued food around the tristate; or youth who run canned food drives at their schools.

We host hundreds of volunteers each year who transport rescued food and prepare and serve meals to our guests. Each soup kitchen shift requires 10-15 volunteers, giving people from all walks of life an opportunity to truly connect with their neighbors.

In 2021, we served 160,076 meals using 228,972 pounds of rescued or donated food and 11,640 volunteer hours.

Our goal is simply to be the best hosts we can be to the people who need us, striving to honor the dignity, humanity and light in each of our guests.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing, Hunger


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1730 Race StreetCincinnati, OH 45202



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food & Beverage Services
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Food Service
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • At least one day per week (Monday-Friday), 8am-noon.
  • Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 16+ only.

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