Feeding Programs

Emmanuel’s Bread understands if the basic necessities of food and shelter are not provided, it becomes challenging for individuals to achieve their optimal potential. We believe educational empowerment and self-sufficiency are impossible until we can address and meet this basic requirement of food. Many families in the Richland and Crawford Counties of Ohio are struggling with the basic necessity of food. Emmanuel’s Bread provides a variety of feeding programs to assist the community in obtaining these much needed resources.

Launched in 2017, Emmanuel’s Garden is consists of two 1+ acre gardens outside of Crestline. The gardens contain a variety of produce that is 100% grown for distribution and donation to the struggling communities in Richland and Crawford Counties.

  • Produce Distribution - All food is given directly to organizations supporting those individuals in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, substance abuse rehabilitation shelters, community meals, and food pantries. Emmanuel’s Bread does not donate directly to individuals. The type of produce available, and schedule of distribution are based upon organizational need and garden yield. 

  • Garden Yield - The inaugural year of the garden produced 3,000 pounds of food for the community in need and the 2018 garden yield produced over 6600 pounds of food. We are aiming for 9,000 pounds of food for 2019.

  • Produce Costs - All produce is provided to partner organizations serving those in need at no cost. The garden is fully funded by private and individual donors.


Emmanuel's Bread does not donate any produce directly to individuals. For those struggling to meet basic food needs, please contact one of our partner organizations receiving these donations. For a list of partner organizations, please contact us at

Emmanuel's Garden



Summer Feeding Program

Launched in 2018, the Summer Feeding Program provides a lunch to any individual within the Crestline community in need of food during the summer months. While initially launched as a once a week program focused on feeding children, we quickly realized there are adults and elderly also in need. This program was expanded to serve anyone in need of a meal, free of cost, regardless of age. The 2019 Summer Feeding program consists of one hot meal per person and a bag of shelf-stable food per family. The program runs every Saturday from June through the first part of August.

  • Served Meal Contents - Full hot meal with main dish, 1-2 side items and a beverage.

  • Meal Preparation - Meals are prepared at a centralized location in Crestline and then dispersed to various Crestline neighborhoods.

  • Shelf-Stable Bags - Contents vary from week to week depending on item availability. Bags are distributed at the same location as the hot meal.

  • Meal Distribution - Distribution locations are determined by the number of volunteers available for summer feeding teams.

  • Meal Costs -  All meals are provided free of charge to those in need.