Dayton, Ohio (RMHC Dayton) – A new partnership is ensuring RMHC Dayton families always have a hot meal to come back to after a day filled with doctors and appointments. It’s all thanks to Miami Valley Meals.
When the coronavirus pandemic forced many restaurants to close, Chef Matt DeAngelo and Amanda DeLottele teamed up together to create Miami Valley Meals. It put furloughed culinary employees back to work, creating nutritious meals to help feed those impacted by the pandemic.
“Miami Valley Meals serves those who serve the hungry,” said DeLottele, executive director. “We work through a network of partners that then distribute to those in need. We are in essence a private catering service to nonprofits.”
Executive Chef Matt DeAngelo has been a featured chef for RMHC Dayton’s Doors of Compassion benefit for several years. When RMHC Dayton posted the need for more meals for families, Miami Valley Meals stepped up.
“Our meals consist of protein, starch, veg and a roll, as well as dessert,” said DeLottele. “We strive to provide meals that are served with dignity to whoever needs it.
The meals are then sealed in individual packages and then distributed.
RMHC Dayton provides three meals a day to families who stay overnight at the Ronald McDonald House on Valley Street as well as light meals and snacks to families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms at Dayton Children’s Hospital and inside Emmett’s Place at Miami Valley Hospital. These services are provided to families at no cost to them.
“Miami Valley Meals’ mission perfectly aligns with RMHC Dayton’s mission to provide comfort during a challenging time for our families,” said Erika Ward, Donor Relations & Events Manager for RMHC Dayton.
“We are so grateful for Matt’s continued commitment to our organization and for Amanda coming alongside him and supporting us through Miami Valley Meals.”
A weekly pickup has now been established, easing the financial burden for RMHC Dayton. RMHC Dayton has been forced to cancel several of its fundraisers due to the pandemic over the last two years.
“We realized with families in the Ronald McDonald House, they’re worried and concerned about their sick kid. That’s their focus. They shouldn’t have to worry about having a hearty meal,” said DeLottele. “We are here to provide them with something that gives them warmth, that makes them feel better during a time that’s really stressful.”
RMHC Dayton is always looking for partners for its Hot Meal Program. The nonprofit recently reopened the program to volunteers. Click here for more information on how to get involved.