Food Pantry

Centerville UMC officially opened a family choice food pantry on Thursday, May 7, 2015. In addition to serving Food4Tots and Food4Summer families through Centerville City Schools, First Dawn Food Pantry now serves neighbors in zip-codes 45458, 45459, 45342, 45440, 45429, 45305, 45449 and 45439. All three programs are staffed and managed by unpaid servants. In addition to food donations, First Dawn Food Pantry is supplemented by The Dayton Food Bank with food purchased at far below market cost.

Offering a choice in our pantry is exactly what it sounds like. Our neighbors participate in choosing for themselves which foods they will take home. The pantry operates like a grocery store with a full array of available goods displayed and neighbors are permitted to browse and “shop” for what they want and need. The First Dawn Food Pantry is located in the church building on the lower level, adjacent to Cora Campbell Hall. The pantry has undergone a facelift with shelves and aisles constructed to provide a physical shopping experience, allowing clients to shop with dignity. Join in the excitement of seeing how God continues to use Centerville UMC.


Every Thursday: 6-7:30pm.


63 E. Franklin Street
Centerville, OH 45459

For more information about First Dawn Food Pantry:

Please email:

Please use the lower parking lot entrance double doors and head down the steps to Cora Campbell Hall.



Every 3rd Thursday First Dawn serves a community meal in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to come dine with us Free of charge. Come enjoy a great meal with our neighbors. 6:00pm-7:30pm


How do I donate?

Do you have a bountiful summer garden? We LOVE fresh produce! Please email Tiffany @ to arrange drop off.

How do I donate my goods?
We accept donations at CUMC Monday-Thursday from 9am- 1pm. We also have a barrel at Bill’s Donuts (insert address) open 24/7.
Since opening our doors on May 7, 2015, First Dawn has served 11,000 people providing 100,000 meals.

What non-perishable items do we always need?
Breakfast Items, Fruit, Vegetables, Spaghetti Sauce, Tomato Products, Pasta, Rice/Noodle Packets, Canned Meat, Chef- boy, Baking Supplies, Cooking Oil, Condiments, Soups and Ramen.
ALL non-perishable items will be taken, preferably not expired.

What needs do we have besides food?
Dignity Items: Hygiene Products, Personal Care Items, Cleaning Supplies, Laundry Detergent, Paper Goods.

Interested in Serving? Contact Cyndi @ (937)433-0880 or email @