Dare to Care

Dare to Care Food Bank

In 1969, a stunned community took action when confronted with the horrifying news that, on Thanksgiving Eve, a 9-year-old boy named Bobby Ellis died of malnutrition in Louisville. Dare to Care was founded in response to this tragic event, and today, continues fighting hunger through its mission to lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need.

Serving eight counties in Kentucky and five counties in Indiana, Dare to Care provides food through a network of nearly 300 partner agencies.

Additionally, Dare to Care operates targeted programs to alleviate food insecurity among vulnerable populations:

  • Kids Cafe provides free, nutritious evening meals prepared at our Community Kitchen and delivered daily for at least 1,100 children at risk of hunger through partnerships with more than 30 after-school programs.
  • Mobile Pantry distributes food and non-food items (hygiene items, household goods, etc.) to individuals who live in isolated neighborhoods and do not have access to food assistance programs.
  • Backpack Buddy provides backpacks full of kid-friendly foods to children from low-income households on weekends when they do not receive federal free or reduced-price school meals. This school year, Dare to Care will provide backpacks to approximately 2,600 children in 44 schools.
  • Patrol against Hunger provides nutritionally-balanced food boxes to seniors in need through a partnership with the Louisville Metro Police Department.
  • Cooking Matters empowers families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy, affordable meals through more than 20 hands-on courses.

Help us feed our neighbors at daretocare.org.

Visit the Dare to Care website


502-966-3821
5803 Fern Valley Road Louisville KY MAP