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