Our Story

  • 2006 Started as a Kettering Leadership Academy team project

    • Beta Test – 15 children at JFK – food supplied by donation with assembly/ distribution from private home – no outlay of funding

  • 2007 Supported full school year with 135 children across 9 elementary schools

    • Food supplied/assembled/distributed in partnership with Foodbank

    • Funding primarily supported by KFHS Spirit Chain and private donations

    • Cost per bag $5.60 per child each week

  • 2008 Volunteer momentum from the community ignited

    • Summer expansion provided backpacks for children in Camp Funtastic

  • 2009 Several key partnerships evolved to reduce cost and expand program to 360 children across the 9 elementary schools

    • Food donated by various entrepreneurial efforts

    • Food purchased at the Wal-Mart on Dorothy Lane with a 10% discount

    • Christ United Methodist Church supplies the food warehouse, volunteer labor to assemble the bags

    • Town & Country Shopping Center is a secondary storage for milk

    • School district distributes the food to the elementary schools

    • Counselors still select the children and make sure the food goes home

    • Kettering Education Foundation provides business assistance, bookkeeping, tax receipts, etc.

    • Funding primarily supported by KFHS Spirit Chain, Kettering Service Organizations (Kettering Noon Optimist Club, Dor-Wood Optimist Club, Kettering Rotary Club), City of Kettering department food drive initiatives, several church commitments, and private donations.

    • Cost per bag $4.00 per child each week

    • Summer continuation with children in

    • Camp Funtastic

  • 2010 Program expanded to 400 children with limited expansion to middle schools

    • More community momentum and application for stand-alone 501(c)(3) pursued and approved

    • Selected as beneficiary for the Kettering Mayor’s Ball for Charity, hosted by the Kettering Rotary Club and the City of Kettering

  • 2011 Program expanded to 475 children in the middle and elementary schools

    • Kettering Backpack, Inc. structure begins to take shape with establishment of Board of Directors

    • Partnerships grow as word spreads 2012 Program expanded to over 500 students

    • Served first high school student

    • Started stabilization of new board

    • Awarded Community All-Stars, Dayton Dragons

  • 2013 Marketing expansion of the program

    • Increased donations and the number of backpacks served

    • Transitioned new leadership

    • Increased stabilization of the program with continued growth of service and volunteers

  • 2014 Opened a second distribution site at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kettering

  • 2015 Established philanthropic partnership with Wilmer-Hale, a law firm located in Kettering

    • Selected as beneficiary for the Kettering Mayor’s Ball for Charity, hosted by the Kettering Rotary Club and the City of Kettering

    • Hired Executive Director

  • 2016

    • KBI Operations are moved to a new facility at Christ United Methodist Church.

    • KBI Board focuses on mission and adds 5 new schools, increases delivery to 600 students

  • 2017

    • Now serving Fairmont High School.

    • Community support continues to fund us, through: local businesses, CFC, service organizations, churches, The Fairmont Student Body Spirit Chain and Kettering City Schools staff.