In 2024, Have A Gay Day Inc, received a significant community funding grant from the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (MCADAMHS) in Dayton, Ohio. This grant provided an invaluable opportunity for the organization to give back to the community in a truly meaningful way.

Recognizing the importance of access to fresh and nutritious food, Have A Gay Day Inc made a conscious decision to allocate a portion of the grant towards purchasing fresh food items for the community. With allocated funds of $10,000, the organization set out on a mission to support local community-owned markets and stimulate the local economy.

Multiple locations were carefully selected to ensure a diverse range of options and cater to the varied needs of the community. Among the visited markets included International Halal Market, Gem City Market, Dots Market, La Michoacána Market, and several others. 

The acquired food items were then distributed to the community during the organization’s weekly food pantry, held every Sunday. This initiative aimed to alleviate food insecurity and provide individuals and families with access to fresh and nutritious food options. By incorporating the distribution of purchased items from the community-owned markets, Have A Gay Day Inc further emphasized their commitment to supporting local businesses and fostering a sense of community empowerment.


The impact of this initiative extends far beyond the immediate provision of food. It highlights the significance of collaboration and community engagement, showcasing the power of partnerships between organizations and local businesses. 

The commitment of Have A Gay Day Inc to giving back to the community through the distribution of fresh food items serves as an of how organizations can make a tangible and positive difference in the lives of individuals, businesses and communities.

A huge thank you to MCADAMHS for their support of this program.