What is the Freestore Foodbank?
The Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati, Ohio is the largest emergency food and services provider in the Tri-State area, providing more than 20 million meals annually over a 20 county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. We purchase, solicit and collect donated food from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies and distribute it to about 250 community partner agencies. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks and food rescue programs. The Freestore Foodbank is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. To download our IRS Form 995, click here.
What is the Freestore Foodbank’s mission?
Our mission is to provide food and services, create stability and further self-reliance for people in crisis.
Where is the Freestore Foodbank located?
We have four area locations:
- Jeff and Darlene Anderson Family Building
1141 Central Parkway
Cincinnati OH 45202
*This location houses administrative offices and the Rosenthal Community Kitchen, which is the home to Cincinnati Cooks Catering and our Cincinnati COOKS! culinary job training program
- Mayerson Distribution Center
1250 Tennessee Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45229
*This is our warehouse, where all food is checked for quality and sorted, and our Power Packs are assembled by volunteers.
- Customer Connection Center
112 E. Liberty Street
Cincinnati OH 45202
*This location houses administrative offices, as well as our Food Room and additional services for our customers.
- The Giving Fields
101 Anderson Avenue
Melbourne, KY 41059
*This is a community farm that produces fresh fruits and veggies for our hungry neighbors in Northern Kentucky.
How does the Freestore Foodbank get food?
National and local food manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, brokers and food distributors donate food and supplies to the Freestore Foodbank, including packaged, canned, perishable and non-perishable food, which meet all food safety and nutrition standards. In order to supply the food programs with specific products, the Freestore Foodbank also purchases large quantities of staple foods and basic supplies at wholesale prices, utilizing donated funds. Additionally, traditional canned food drives total thousands of meals donated by the community.
How is the food distributed?
Food arrives at the Freestore Foodbank on pallets from retailers or wholesalers or in barrels from community food drives. The food is inspected, sorted, labeled and stored at our Distribution Center for repacking and distribution. Community partner agencies order food based on their needs and are able to pick up their orders or have them delivered.
Additionally, our Mobile Food Pantry delivers food to rural areas, where there are gaps in our service; and our Power Pack and Kids Cafe programs provide thousands of meals monthly to hungry children.
How can someone receive assistance Freestore Foodbank?
The Freestore Foodbank provides emergency food and other services at our Customer Connection Center in Over-the-Rhine. We also distribute food through our network of 250 community partner agencies located in our Tri-State area.
Does the Freestore Foodbank sell food?
The Freestore Foodbank does not and cannot sell donated food. In addition, our network of community partner agencies are prohibited from selling food intended for those in need. Community partner agencies do contribute a small shared maintenance fee to cover operational costs; the rate is charged by the pound and varies by type of food.