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Grace Sferra’s Loyal Commitment to Fighting Hunger

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Grace Sferra has been a loyal supporter of the Freestore Foodbank for several years. Recently she started donating through her IRA account. For individuals age 70 ½ or older, the IRA Charitable Rollover is a tax-wise way to support the Freestore Foodbank.

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Story in Pictures – April 2019

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Congratulations to the winners of CANstruction 2019

Proud and excited to share pictures of completed CANstruction 2019 structures! We are thankful to the talented architects, engineers and designers who helped build them. Thank you for your creativity and generosity.

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Thank you Tata Consulting Services!

We are grateful to our friends at Tata Consulting Services who packed over 1,200 Power Packs to help feed children in our local schools. Thank you for supporting our mission to reduce hunger.




We are proud of recognition from Feeding America for our work in Advocacy

Proud to share that the Freestore Foodbank has been recognized by Feeding America as a 2018 Hall of Fame Legend for our top-tier advocacy program. This is the second year in a row that we have received this wonderful honor. We extend our most sincere thanks to legislators and their staff at the federal, state and local levels as well as our partners, donors, board members, employees, volunteers and the people we serve for their support.

Congratulations to Class 5 of LIFT the TriState!

We celebrated the graduation of Class 5 of our LIFT the TriState workforce development program – the first one of 2019! Another amazing crop of graduates, well on their way to making a new life. As always we are extremely proud of them and we thank Belflex Staffing Solutions and Gateway Community and Technical College for their partnership.


Thank you to the Joy In Childhood Foundation!

Thank you to the Joy In Childhood Foundation volunteers for helping us pack 1,548 Power to feed children in our local schools. We could not do what we do without your generous support.

Thank you to Gold Star Chili!!

Thank you Gold Star Chili for your extremely generous donation of $87,000 to the Freestore Foodbank and for helping us pack 1,548 Power Packs to feed children in our local schools. We are fortunate to have you in our community.

Congratulations Class #179 of Cincinnati COOKS! We are so proud of you!

 

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Generous Grants Help Sustain Our Power Pack Program

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Power Pack is Freestore Foodbank’s largest anti-hunger program for children, bringing essential food to 5,200 students at their schools every Friday. Recent grants from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, Tyson Foods and the William P. Anderson Foundation are critical to the success of this program.

“Hunger relief is the primary way Tyson Foods gives back to the communities where our team members live and work,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “This grant will support Freestore Foodbank’s Power Pack program at four schools in Campbell County, Kentucky. We are delighted to provide nearly 300 children each week with nutritious food to sustain them over each weekend of the school year.”

In the 20 counties served by Freestore Foodbank, over 82,000 children do not know where they will find their next meal. During the week, many of these children depend on school breakfast and free or reduced lunch programs. Unfortunately, those essential meals are not available over the weekend, often resulting in hunger.

Young children struggling with hunger are more likely to have attendance, performance and behavioral issues at school. In addition, they face higher rates of long-term problems with their physical and mental health.

Power Packs help solve these problems by providing children with weekend food assistance. Every Friday, children are sent home with a Power Pack that includes 14 kid-friendly items that are ready to eat and nutritious. During the last school year, Freestore Foodbank distributed over 200,000 Power Packs, each one assembled by volunteers at our distribution center in Bond Hill.

“One of the Dater Foundation’s first grants back in the mid-1980s was to Freestore Foodbank,” said Bruce Krone, President, Charles H. Dater Foundation. “Our focus is on ‘enriching young lives’ and we’re pleased to continue our support with grants to the Power Pack childhood hunger prevention program.  That one in five children experiences food insecurity is a stunning statistic.  This program effectively fills gaps when school meals are not available.

Freestore Foodbank’s Power Pack program would not be possible without recent grants from Charles H. Dater Foundation, Tyson Foods and the William P. Anderson Foundation, as well as thousands of individual donors, foundations and companies who share their time and financial resources throughout the year to provide the food essential to help local children to grow and thrive.

The William P. Anderson Foundation has supported Freestore Foodbank since the early 1990s. Over the last decade, the Foundation has focused their grants on our programs addressing childhood hunger, especially Power Pack.

If you would like to support the Power Pack program, please contact Jean Reisinger Coggan, jcoggan@freestorefoodbank.org or 513-482-3730.

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Volunteer Connection – April 2019

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VOLUNTEER

Help Us Turn Hunger
Into Hope in 2019

All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.

Mayerson Distribution Center
Located at 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Calling those who want to make a difference this spring! Help the young in age and young at heart as we finish up packing Power Packs for the school year. Senior Boxes and Food Storing are next on our busy production schedule for April.

If summer is calling and you are beginning to make your summer vacation plans, remember to include a day or two at the Mayerson Distribution Center!  We will be packing summer meals for kiddos, preparing ducks for the Regatta and everyone is invited!  Make your reservations today!

Regular Warehouse Shifts: Shifts are held Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Distribution Center. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Student 13-18 years old must have parental consent and students 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 

Don’t forget about two Special Volunteer Events for Special Groups!

First Saturdays are Family Saturdays!

Looking for a fun family experience?  Have a couple of hours to give service?  Bring your entire family and help us feed our neighbors.  The warehouse usually has an age restriction of 13 years, but on the first Saturdays of the month, children 8 and older are invited to come with their families to volunteer!  What a great way to serve our community and grow as a family at the same time.  January and February family days were a huge success!  Make sure to register your family before spaces fill up!

Thursday Nights are Student Nights!

Calling all Students (16 and over)! Interested in earning some of your student service hours while having some fun? Reserve your spot and come on out to the Freestore Foodbank’s Mayerson Distribution Center on Thursday nights for Student Nights! Bring some friends and we promise you’ll have a great time helping us solve hunger in our community!  Sign up online.  No Walk Ins please.


The Giving Fields  (scheduling begins March 1st)
Located at 101 Anderson Lane, Melbourne, KY 41059

Spring has sprung and the Giving Fields is getting prepared to open for the season!  The Giving Fields, our community farm located in Melbourne, Kentucky approximately five minutes from NKU, officially opens in later this spring. Plans are in the works for preparing the grounds and planting of the plants and seeds for the first harvest.  All of the fresh produce grown on the farm will be given to partner food pantries and soup kitchens in Northern Kentucky.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for people of all ages. Families with children five years of age and older, high school and college students, as well as individuals and groups are welcome.

Regular Garden Shifts: Shifts are held beginning in May, Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30.  Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Giving Fields. Volunteers must be at least 5 years of age to volunteer. Children 5-17 years old must have written parental consent and students 5-16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Ratio of adult to children must be 1 to 4. 

Week day registration for the season will open on April 22nd


Liberty Street Market (formerly Liberty Street Market)
Located at 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Up to three hundred people depend on the Liberty Street Market daily to provide emergency food for themselves and their families.  Our volunteers sort food, stock shelves, assist customers with their groceries outside of the building and load groceries into shopper’s vehicle in front of the building. Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old (with parental consent) to volunteer at this site.  Help us help our neighbors help themselves!

Liberty Street Market Shifts:  Individuals or groups of 15 or less can schedule a time to volunteer in the Liberty Street Market, Monday through Friday.

Check out this video about the Liberty Street Market: https://youtu.be/JILRvqojr3M


Healthy Harvest Mobile Market
At various locations throughout the community
Want to help bring healthy nutritious produce into the community?  Volunteer on a regular basis with the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market!  We are also in need volunteers once a month for the HHMM Clean Up Crew as well.  Contact Brandon Thomas, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at bthomas@freestorefoodbank.org for more details.


Cincinnati Cooks!/Lift the Tri-State Soft/Life Skills Instructors

Cincinnati Cooks! and Lift the Tri-State, FSFB’s premier workforce development programs, are  looking for a few new facilitators to lead their soft/life skill classes.  Topics of interest include: Interviewing 101, Resume Building/Writing, Customer Service, Diet/Nutrition, Effective Communication/Listening, Time Management, Conflict Resolution, and Anger/Stress Management.  If interested, contact Brandon Thomas, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at bthomas@freestorefoodbank.org for more details.

All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.

Join our Facebook Freestore Foodbank Volunteer Page to view all of our pictures of our exciting volunteers in action in the past few months!

Other Ways to Help

Food and Fund Drives
Donations of canned goods are needed all year around, not just at the holidays! If you
would like to organize a canned food OR fund drive, please contact Bob Barnes at 513-482-4517.


Thank you to the following groups for your support in March 2019!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Berno Financial Management
Bobbie B. Fairfax School
Cengage
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Public Schools
ConstructConnect IT
Dunkin’ Brands
Epiphany United Methodist Church
Family and Friends of Brandy
Fifth Third Bank
General Electric
Gold Star Chili
Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Assoc.
Gwynedd Mercy University
Hillman Group
Hilton Netherland Plaza
Ken Anderson Alliance
Kiwanis – Cincinnati
Kiwanis – Greenhills/Forest Park
Kroger
Lakota High School
Losant
M.C. Logistics, LLC
Macy’s
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Mount St. Joseph University
Nedderman Family
Odyssey of the Mind Friends and Family
Organizations Helping the World
Pep Promotions
Procter and Gamble
Protiviti
Redeemer Church
Regal Power Transmission Solutions
Rockdale Baptist Church
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
St. Xavier High School
Stephen F. Austin State University
Tata Consultancy Services Limited
The Gap
The Gathering at Northern Hills
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Tri-State Freethinkers
Western Southern Financial
Wyoming High School
Wyoming Middle School
Xavier University

Liberty Street Market

Amazon
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Clark Montessori
Dunkin’ Brands
Easter Seals Tristate
Fifth Third Bank
Franciscans for the Poor
General Electric
Graydon, Head, & Ritchey
KLH Engineers
Macy’s
Paycor
The J.M. Smucker Co.
University of Kentucky
Viaquest
Zonar Systems

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Bountiful Blessings Pantry Goes Big – Always!

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As I drove down windy little streets, past Norwood and Ivorydale, an icy mixture of rain and snow pelted down. My wipers swooshed ferociously across the windshield and I squinted through the downpour praying that I was headed in the right direction. I heaved a sigh of relief as suddenly, out of nowhere, a cheerful orange sign appeared ahead of me with the words, “Milk Madness”. As I parked, I saw crates of milk stacked in the middle of the street and make-shift tents erected all around. Volunteers sporting brightly colored ponchos were everywhere and no one seemed to care one bit about the rain. Grabbing my rain jacket I hurried across the street and into Highland Avenue Baptist Church. As I made my way down to the basement I heard happy voices. Donna Covert, the director of Bountiful Blessings Pantry stepped forward to greet me, a welcoming smile in her eyes.

That rainy Saturday morning, Bountiful Blessings successfully distributed over 6,000 gallons of milk to the community. “Donna is an absolute rock star!” says Jessie Fossenkemper, Community Partnership Manager at the Freestore Foodbank. “She always goes big. I am constantly amazed at what she manages to accomplish. All I can say is thank you and you are amazing!”

Bountiful Blessings is a relatively new pantry. They opened on Fathers’ Day in 2017 when they decided to hand out a few donated loaves of bread to the community. They packed 14 trays of bread and other goods into a minivan and set up tables in front of their church. They were greeted with immediate success as neighbors walking up and down the street thankfully accepted the bread, muffins and donuts. Encouraged by the response and sensing a greater need in the community, they started to gather more locally donated food. Soon they were giving away as many as 40 trays of bread along with other baked items. “I felt that it would be nice if we could offer more than bread,” recalls Donna. “I remember telling my family it would be nothing short of wonderful if we could offer some fresh fruits and veggies!”

A few weeks later, after lots of research and help from neighboring pantries, Donna and her team began to offer a few additional items. However, they hit a wall in their operations when one of their suppliers shut down without notice for a holiday. That was when Donna decided it was time to call the Freestore Foodbank, ”Holiday or no holiday people needed to eat and I knew it was time for me to take action.” In July 2018 Bountiful Blessings became an official partner agency to the Freestore Foodbank. “We have enjoyed this partnership and the Freetore Foodbank has been extremely helpful in getting us products and the quantities we need.”

In spite of being a new partner, Bountiful Blessings has emerged as one of the Freestore Foodbank’s most successful partners distributing more than 380,000 lbs. of food already. They recently started renting a box truck from Mike Albert Leasing to pick up 100 trays of bread on a weekly basis. That along with the fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and milk provided by the Freestore Foodbank has served them well. Today the pantry employs over 20-30 volunteers and helps feed 250 families weekly.

The Freestore Foodbank is proud to partner with Highland Avenue Baptist Church. We welcome the opportunity to serve the community with their support.

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A Young Volunteer Gives Back: Jenna Tharrington

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The young lady who walked into my office wore a trendy Avengers t-shirt and smiled at me with an endearing twinkle in her eye. She had short hair and almost immediately, I was struck be her poise and self-confidence. Jenna Tharrington, a senior at Oak Hills High School is one of the many young volunteers who visit the Freestore Foodbank regularly.  Jenna started volunteering with us in 2017. “In 2017 my mom scheduled an appointment for the entire family to come in and pack Power Packs,” Jenna remembers.  That single opportunity was so rewarding that the Tharringtons made volunteering at the Freestore Foodbank a routine family activity. They have come to the Freestore Foodbank many times in the last couple years engaging in a variety of volunteer activities ranging from packing Power Packs to tagging rubber ducks.  Helping others is a passion and priority for

Jenna.  She has a younger sister and her mother works for Proctor and Gamble. Like most families, the Tharringtons are constantly juggling homework, weekend activities and a million other things.  Not everyone can make it for every assignment. However Jenna is the family’s so-called common denominator for every volunteer event. She always makes it a priority to fit it in. “I love helping people and I try to fit volunteering in no matter how busy my schedule is,” she says.

 

Jenna graduates from Oak Hills in May and will be joining University Of Cincinnati’s prestigious DAAP program in the fall.  Her dream is to eventually become a Disney Imagineer.  “I realize that I’ve been very fortunate,” she reflects. “There’s always been food on my plate and I cherish tons of happy memories associated with food. It  startles me to think that this is not the case for everyone. And that is what makes me want to make a difference.” In November, Jenna and her family help to pack Thanksgiving boxes and pass them out during Freestore Foodbank’s holiday food distribution.  “We try to come in and help on both days,” Jeannie Tharrington, Jenna’s mom says. “Holiday Food distribution is a wonderful time to be at the Freestore Foodbank and I make it a point to sign up way ahead of time.” In the

summer they com

e in as a family and help pluck and tag rubber ducks and prepare them for the Rubber Duck Regatta. “Last year they needed someone to shovel the ducks into a huge crate after they were tagged,” Jenna remembers. “I don’t think many people wanted to do that job since it was hard work. So I picked up a shovel and did it!” When there is work that no one wants to do, Jenna is the first one to jump in and help,” says her mom. Most recently the family volunteered at Liberty Street Market, the Freestore Foodbank’s choice pantry downtown and helped to pass out many gallons of milk. When she was done passing out milk, Jenna helped stock shelves. “They needed someone to do it and I jumped in and helped!” Jenna says. “The work needed to get done and I feel immense satisfaction to be that person who will do what is needed no matter how hard it is,” she says. Jenna intends to continue to volunteer at the Freestore Foodbank and has already attended a few student nights to help out.

As I said goodbye to Jenna and her mom I felt inspired by this remarkable young person who has the humility to recognize how blessed she is, the compassion to help those who are less fortunate and the wisdom to feel a sense of responsibility to give back to the community.  The Freestore Foodbank welcomes young volunteers and we take pride in instilling a commitment in young people to become active participants in the community. To find out more visit volunteer opportunities.

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Apply for SNAP (Food Stamps) Benefits

Call 513-381-SNAP (7627) for more information between 8:30 am – 3:00 pm EST.

Food stamps or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits help put groceries and food on the table for people experiencing hunger.  These temporary benefits are based on income and are issued monthly  through an electronic debit (EBT) cards.  Your family can use the benefits placed on the card to purchase groceries at authorized retailers. If you need help applying for SNAP (food stamp) benefits, we can help you.

Please complete the form located here for assistance.

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from USDA Food and Nutrition Service. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or retaliation.

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Story in Pictures – March 2019

February was a busy and fulfilling time for those of us who engage in advocacy. The Freestore Foodbank joined Feeding America and the Kentucky Association of Foodbanks in their advocacy efforts last month. In early February we spent time in Frankfort, KY meeting with our state legislators and sharing information with them on the work that we do and thanking them for their support.  We also spent a day on Capitol Hill meeting with federal legislators and advocating against proposed changes to SNAP that would make it more difficult for our clients to gain access. We were also recognized as an Advocacy Hall of Fame Legend by Feeding America for our outstanding work in advocacy. We also joyfully celebrated another graduation at Cincinnati COOKS! and remain grateful to our donors and volunteers who continue to help us make a difference.

Hunger Free Kentucky Day

We observed Hunger Free Kentucky Day as we gathered in Frankfort, KY along with other Feeding America food banks, partner agencies and community organizations to raise awareness about issues related to hunger and food insecurity. We are thankful to every legislator who made time to attend the event, meet with us and pledge to help us in this critical mission. We are grateful for your support and confident that together we can end hunger!






 

Feeding America Lobby Day

We visited Capitol Hill advocating for the rights of the people we serve. We are extremely thankful to the elected officials and staff members who made time to meet with us, understand the issues and make a commitment to help the people we serve. We thank Feeding America and the Food Research and Action Center for their support and guidance and as always, we remain grateful for the opportunity to help alleviate hunger.





 

Advocacy Hall of Fame

Proud to share that the Freestore Foodbank has been recognized by Feeding America as a 2018 Hall of Fame Legend for our top-tier advocacy program. This is the second year in a row that we have received this wonderful honor. We extend our most sincere thanks to all legislators and their staff at the federal, state and local levels as well as our partners, donors, board members, employees, volunteers and the people we serve for their support.

Cincinnati COOKS! graduation

Congratulations Class 178 of Cincinnati COOKS! We are very proud of you!


 

Thank you Dole Food Company!

A very sweet THANK YOU to Dole Food Company this Valentine’s Day for donating over 1,500 cases of delicious pineapple tidbits to us as a part of their “Let Sunshine In, Drive Hunger Out” campaign.



Thank you Tata Consulting Services!

We are so grateful to our friends at Tata Consulting Services who packed over 1,200 Power Packs today to help feed children in our local schools. Thank you for supporting our mission to reduce hunger.



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Volunteer Connection – March 2019

VOLUNTEER

Help Us Turn Hunger
Into Hope in 2019

All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.

Liberty Street Market (formerly Liberty Street Market)
Located at 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

The Liberty Street Market (formerly known as the Food Room) has a new and improved look and name!  Consider volunteering in our newly refurbished space and help us serve up to 300 people daily.

Liberty Street Market Shifts:  Individuals or groups of 15 or less can schedule a time to volunteer in the Liberty Street Market, Monday through Friday.  Projects include food sorting, restocking shelves with groceries, assisting customers with their groceries outside of the building and loading groceries in their vehicle in front of the building. Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old (with parental consent) to volunteer at this site.

Check out this video about the Liberty Street Market : https://youtu.be/JILRvqojr3M


Campbell’s Soup, Wyoming High School Football, and Cincinnati Bengals packed over 2,100 Power Packs!

Mayerson Distribution Center
Located at 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Group and Individual Activities
Calling those who want to make a difference this winter! Help the young in age and young at heart as we pack Power Packs and Senior Boxes in February.  Power Packs are bags of food that are given to some area children who usually receive a free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school during the week.  The Power Pack is intended to provide supplemental food to get them through the weekend.  The Senior Box is a box of food given to the elderly to supplement their regular monthly needs as well.

 Regular Warehouse Shifts: Shifts are held Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Distribution Center. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Student 13-18 years old must have parental consent and students 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 

Check out Two Special Volunteer Events for Special Groups!

First Saturdays are Family Saturdays!
Looking for a fun family experience?  Have a couple of hours to give service?  Bring your entire family and help us feed our neighbors.  The warehouse usually has an age restriction of 13 years, but on the first Saturdays of the month, children 8 and older are invited to come with their families to volunteer!  What a great way to serve our community and grow as a family at the same time.

Thursday Nights are Student Nights!
Calling all Students (16 and over)! Interested in earning some of your student service hours while having some fun? Reserve your spot and come on out to the Freestore Foodbank’s Mayerson Distribution Center on Thursday nights for Student Nights! Bring some friends and we promise you’ll have a great time helping us solve hunger in our community!  Sign up online.  No Walk Ins please.


The Giving Fields  (scheduling begins March 1st)
Located at 101 Anderson Lane, Melbourne, KY 41059
The Giving Fields is our community farm located in Melbourne, Kentucky – approximately five minutes from NKU. We plant, maintain and harvest fresh produce for our partner food pantries and soup kitchens in Northern Kentucky. Registration will open at the beginning of March for the 2019 growing season. This is a great volunteer opportunity for people of all ages. Families with children five years of age and older, high school and college students, as well as individuals and groups are welcome. The farm is slated to reopen in early April – weather permitting.

Healthy Harvest Mobile Market
At various locations throughout the community
Want to help bring healthy nutritious produce into the community?  Volunteer on a regular basis with the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market!  We are also in need volunteers once a month for the HHMM Clean Up Crew as well.  Contact Brandon Thomas, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at bthomas@freestorefoodbank.org for more details.

Cincinnati Cooks!/Lift the Tri-State Soft/Life Skills Instructors
Cincinnati Cooks! and Lift the Tri-State, FSFB’s premier workforce development programs, are  looking for a few new facilitators to lead their soft/life skill classes.  Topics of interest include: Interviewing 101, Resume Building/Writing, Customer Service, Diet/Nutrition, Effective Communication/Listening, Time Management, Conflict Resolution, and Anger/Stress Management.  If interested, contact Brandon Thomas, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at bthomas@freestorefoodbank.org for more details.

All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.

Join our Facebook Freestore Foodbank Volunteer Page to view all of our pictures of our exciting volunteers in action in the past few months!

Other Ways to Help

Food and Fund Drives
Donations of canned goods are needed all year around, not just at the holidays! If you
would like to organize a canned food OR fund drive, please contact Bob Barnes at 513-482-4517.

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Freestore Foodbank team? Please click here for our current employment opportunities.


Thank you to the following groups for your support in January 2019!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Campbell Soup
Case Western Reserve University Alumni
Christ Hospital
Cincinnati Bengals and Staff
Cincinnati Gator Club
ConstructConnect IT
Dinsmore & Shohl
Dohn Young Women’s Academy
Doorga Friends
DSD Advisors
Faith Lutheran Church
Fifth Third Bank
General Electric
Girl Scouts
Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Youth Group
Ken Anderson Alliance
Kiwanis – Cincinnati
Kiwanis – Greenhills Forest Park
Lakota High School
Madeira Middle School
Ohio Valley Institute of Food Technologies
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
Tetra Tech
The Asset Advisory Group
The Children’s Home
The Gathering at Northern Hills
The Matrix Companies
Tri-State Freethinkers
University of Cincinnati
University Of Cincinnati Medical Center
Western Southern Financial
Wise Temple
Wyoming High School

Liberty Street Market

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
Collective Visions, LLC
Easter Seals Tristate
TriHealth
University of Cincinnati

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Grace Sferra’s Loyal Commitment to Fighting Hunger

Grace has been a committed donor and volunteer to Freestore Foodbank for over 30 years.  Like many other loyal supporters, Grace started out by volunteering and donating food and other supplies.  As she strengthened her involvement, she experienced the full scope of what Freestore Foodbank provides to our communities.

“When you first get involved with an organization, you limit what you do,” Grace said. “Once you learn more about the mission and all the services it provides, and you like what you hear, you expand that involvement.”  Grace places a lot of value on seeing firsthand the work she’s supporting, whether through packing Power Packs or savoring a meal prepared by Cincinnati COOKS! participants.  She has enjoyed watching Freestore Foodbank grow through the decades, in the past few years Grace simplified her giving by donating through her IRA account.  She finds it much easier to give charitably this way, in addition to appreciating the other benefits this financial service provides.

Grace’s continued involvement has given her a personal look into the communities we serve. She specifically recalls the time following the 2008 recession when an increased number of people requested Freestore Foodbank’s services.  “During the recession, the loss of a job created havoc in a household regardless of owning a house and car,” she said. “Freestore Foodbank was there to offer temporary assistance.”  Grace has a strong history supporting Freestore Foodbank and looks forward to continuing that connection.

For individuals age 70 ½ or older, the IRA Charitable Rollover is a tax-wise way to support Freestore Foodbank. If you are required to make annual withdrawals from an IRA account, these otherwise taxable distributions can satisfy your annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) and exclude these funds from your taxable income.

Each year, you (and your spouse) can transfer as much as $100,000 to Freestore Foodbank for a purpose that you choose.

If you have any questions about an IRA charitable rollover gift, please contact Mindy Hammer, 513-482-7099 or mhammer@freestorefoodbank.org. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have.

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