Honoring the MLK Day of Service with Power Pack-a-Thon
At the Freestore Foodbank, we believe in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy through service. That’s why we created Power Pack-a-Thon, an annual event geared toward helping kids in need in our community.
At 12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 19, a great group of approximately 40 volunteers will join us on Fountain Square to participate in the Seventh Annual Power Pack-a-Thon event. Participants will help us prepare Power Packs, which are packs of nutritious food that are given to grade school students on Fridays to ensure they have something to eat over the weekend.
Addressing a Vital Need
Nearly 100,000 children living in the 20 counties served by the Freestore Foodbank are at risk of hunger. Research shows that hungry children are more likely to be absent from school, lack focus and energy, and be vulnerable to illness.
Nourishing Bodies and Minds
That’s why Power Packs are such a vital part of the work the Freestore Foodbank does in the community. More than 4,000 children in more than 95 participating schools receive Power Packs from the Freestore Foodbank each week. The children are primarily between the ages of six and 12 and live in Hamilton, Clermont, Clinton, Pike and Scioto Counties in Ohio and Campbell, Kenton Boone and Grant Counties in Northern Kentucky.
Dr. King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Power Pack-a-Thon is the Freestore Foodbank’s response to President Barack Obama’s call to transform Martin Luther King Day into a national day of community service. In its sixth year, the event has helped hundreds of volunteers in Cincinnati honor Martin Luther King Day while feeding thousands of Tri-State children.
How You Can Help
While all Power Pack-a-Thon volunteer slots are already filled, you can still honor Dr. King and support kids in need in our community by donating to the Power Pack program.
**In the event of inclement weather, Power Pack-a-Thon will move to the Freestore Foodbank’s Mayerson Distribution Center located at 1250 Tennessee Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229.