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Story in Pictures July 2017

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June is a busy and productive month with lots to do on the farm,  thousands of summer boxes to be packed in our distribution center and many dedicated volunteers to help with all of it. We also hosted Taste of the NFL which was a phenomenal success.  Here are some of the most memorable moments in pictures.

A Busy Day on the Farm!
June marks the beginning of the summer and it’s been a busy few weeks at The Giving Fields.  We sincerely appreciate the hundreds of volunteers who helped us get the farm up and running. We are delighted to share a few pictures of our  fresh crop of fruits and vegetables and excited to be able to deliver fresh produce farm-to-table to our customers in Kentucky.

Summer Meal Program
Summer is a difficult time for many Ohio families because of the absence of school lunch and breakfast programs. Thanks to our many dedicated volunteers including Board Members who helped to pack hundreds of summer meals for kids in our community!

Taste of the NFL
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Wednesday June 14 for the Cincinnati Bengals’ 15th Annual Taste of the NFL presented by TriHealth. Here are a few pictures of the event.

The Volunteer Connection July 2017

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Hannah Roberto, Healthy Harvest Mobile Market Volunteer

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Hannah Roberto, Healthy Harvest Mobile Market Volunteer

While many college students spend time hanging out with friends and having fun during summer break, Healthy Harvest Mobile Market volunteer Hannah Roberto enjoys spending her time assisting families at the market. As a fourth year student majoring in Dietetics at the University of Cincinnati, Hannah has decided to align her passion for food education with the Freestore Foodbank’s mission to create stability while providing food and other forms of support to individuals and families.

In October 2016, Hannah began an incredible journey with Nick Reynolds and Jessie Fossenkemper, Freestore Foodbank’s Healthy Harvest Mobile Market staff to set up the market. Before she knew it she was assisting to clean the area, organize produce and process customer orders. Hannah says, “Every day is special. It’s really great to see how happy people are when they come to the market for the first time. Families are so grateful to have access to fresh produce in their neighborhood. It’s nice to see how welcome we are in the service that we provide.”

She believes that fruit is nature’s candy and truly enjoys passing out recipe cards during the customer checkout experience. Hannah regularly finds herself educating clients on food and takes joy in providing one-on-one food preparation advice to families. She has noticed that many individuals come back to share their experiences with her and that gives her a lot of satisfaction. As a Cincinnati native, Hannah openly expresses her appreciation for the Freestore Foodbank’s mission to end hunger and admires the organization for offering “so many ways to help the public – from packing Power Packs to offering fresh groceries via the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market.”  She wishes the Freestore Foodbank continued success in the years to come.


Thank you Taste of the NFL volunteers!
Duck Season is just Around the Corner!
Check Out These Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Ongoing Opportunities
Other Ways You Can Help

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Thank you to the following groups for your support June 2017!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)
Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)
Food Room (Liberty Street)

John Heuer: Making a Difference Forever

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John Heuer first got involved with the Freestore Foodbank 15 years ago when the late Bob Edwards, founder and former chair of the Rubber Duck Regatta invited John to serve on his committee.  John gladly accepted the invitation.  “My belief is that people should have their basic needs met: food, shelter and clothing. Not having that is a horrible thing. That is one of the reasons I support the Freestore Foodbank.”

“If you care about hunger and what that means, you will understand what the Freestore Foodbank does for our community. “ John recalls volunteering with his team from Heinz to load rubber ducks into tractor trailers for their trip to the river for the annual Regatta. It was a sweltering summer day and it was a lot of hard work. But the team had an absolutely wonderful time and asked if they could participate every year thereafter.  “I am blown away by the passion every team member brings to the Rubber Duck Regatta Executive Committee. I am equally impressed by how dedicated each employee is to the mission of the Freestore Foodbank.”

John’s experience as a volunteer led him to get involved in other aspects of the Freestore Foodbank’s work. John hosted a Chef’s Table dinner prepared by Cincinnati COOKS! Second Course advanced students as part of their training. During the event these Cincinnati COOKS! Students spoke with John’s guests about what brought them to the program. “It was remarkable to hear the stories. There was not a dry eye in the place,” he says.

John and his wife Debbie have supported the Freestore Foodbank for more than ten years and a few years ago decided to make the organization part of their estate plans. They are dedicated not only to helping meeting immediate needs, but also ensuring that the Freestore Foodbank can continue fighting hunger and poverty for years to come.

Fresh Produce: Making a Healthy Difference

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As dusk approached, a distant clock chimed the hour.  It was 6:00 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon in June in the little river-side town of Newport, Kentucky.  The setting sun’s rays reflected brightly off the Ohio River and music floated in the air from nearby restaurants.  Children danced on the streets and couples strolled by as they made their way toward the levee. My eyes took in the scene, as I hurried towards the gray stone church tucked away on a side street with its exquisite steeple and bright red door.   I spotted a short line of people steadily entering the church through a side door and I knew I was in the right place. This was my first visit to St. Paul’s Pantry in Newport, Kentucky.

Gelene Morales came outside to meet me, a smile lighting up her entire face. “Welcome to our pantry,” she said simply as we entered the church and made our way downstairs to the food room in the basement.  I stood in a room lined with shelves that were stocked with cans of vegetables, soup, beans and boxes of pasta, rice and bread.  As I looked around my gaze fell on the impressive collection of vegetables in the middle of the room. There were tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, carrots, squash and Swiss chard all neatly packed into crates or packaged into Ziploc bags for easy pick-up.  Following my gaze, Gelene explained, “We love the fruits and vegetables that we pick up from Freestore Foodbank’s Distribution Center in Wilder, Kentucky. Our clients are so appreciative.”

St. Paul’s Pantry opened its doors in April 2009. It was not long, before they became a partner agency to the Freestore Foodbank. Today it is the main outreach ministry of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The pantry serves about 50 families per week and is open every Wednesday afternoon and on the second Saturday of every month.  In 2014 Gelene Morales went on a mission trip to Haiti with a member of St. Paul’s church. That was when she heard about the pantry and the need for helpers. A few months after  returning from Haiti, Gelene started volunteering at the church. Initially she stocked the shelves, but eventually started taking care of all the purchasing for the pantry.

“This has been a hugely rewarding experience,” Gelene comments. “Initially I used to pick up a lot of non-perishable items such as canned vegetables, beans and pasta and tons of baked goods.  However, the focus shifted recently and we have been getting a lot more fresh produce.” Gelene, who is a parent herself, tries to pay close attention to nutrition and healthy living. She makes it a point to avoid getting processed meats and sugary baked goods, focusing instead on increasing the selection of fresh vegetables and fruits available to her clients. “I sometimes pick up endive or kale which is relatively new and unfamiliar to many of our clients. However, I try to make some of these lesser known items available to them once in a while so that they can be exposed to new foods, ” she  explains. She is passionate about promoting healthy and nutritious foods and encouraging clients to try new and exotic  produce.  Recently the pantry came up with an innovative idea to exchange donated bread for fresh eggs at a local poultry farm (where it would be used to feed the rabbits and chickens).  Gelene and her partners at St. Paul’s Pantry are grateful to the Freestore Foodbank for offering a wide selection of fresh produce.

The Freestore Foodbank’s strategic plan includes improving access to healthy and nutritious food for clients. The goal is to increase produce distribution 25% over the last year to 6.2M lbs. “The recent surge in our supply of fresh produce can be attributed to the support of generous donors such as Castellini, Meijer, Kroger, Sam’s Club and Fresh Thyme,” says Randy Miller, Strategic Product Sourcing Manager, Freestore Foodbank.  The Castellini Group alone has donated close to half a million pounds of produce within the last fiscal year.  There is also an effort to decrease the lead time between the receiving and distribution of produce. The opening of the Wilder Distribution Center has helped to improve access to fresh produce for clients in Kentucky.  In addition, the Freestore Foodbank has recently become part of a special purchasing program through Feeding America that decreases the cost of produce and offers a wider selection.

“Research shows that increasing our intake of fresh fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of many chronic diseases including cancer. Fresh produce is also lower in calories and helps in the fight against obesity among adults and children. Our goal is to increase access to fresh, nutritious food and we are always thinking of new ways to offer our clients healthy meals,” Randy adds.

Benefits with Perks

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Bob Grimes had worked for the local fire department in Bethel, Ohio since he was 22 years old. He loved his job and told everyone he wanted to be a fire-fighter until the day he died.  However, in April 2017 he suffered a massive heart attack and stroke. The doctors told him he might never walk again, let alone work as a fire fighter.  As he lay in his hospital bed, Bob panicked thinking about his family. He had six children and one grandchild in his care. His oldest child was 19, the youngest was six and the grandbaby was nine months old. Bob had always been the primary breadwinner. His wife who had a chronic back problem had never worked.  As weeks passed, it became obvious that they would have to make some changes since they were struggling to make ends meet.  They moved in with his mother-in-law since they could not afford house payments any more. His wife and his oldest daughter found themselves small seasonal jobs.  One of Bob’s biggest concerns was being able to put food on the table every day.  Healthy and nutritious foods can be expensive when one has a large family.

It was at this juncture that Bob contacted the Benefit Call Center at the Freestore Foodbank to ask about applying to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). “The whole process took a little over a week. The staff at the Freestore Foodbank not only helped me with SNAP, but also gave me suggestions about how to get my life back on track. What I appreciated most was that they were professional, courteous and understanding,” Bob comments.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program alleviated Bob’s concern about whether he would be able to pay his grocery bill. It also helped him provide wholesome, nutritious meals to his family. “I hate being disabled and unemployed. It breaks my heart that my wife had to start working in my place.  But thanks to the support given by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program I don’t worry anymore about whether my family is staying nourished. I am so grateful for that support,” he comments. The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that Bob gets as a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Program allows him to shop just like anyone else. He especially loves the Produce Perks that come with using the EBT card. Produce Perks are incentive tokens given to customers who use the EBT card to shop at participating farmers markets and they offer a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 spent at the market. “The Produce Perks make it possible for me to stretch my dollar at the grocery store. I don’t think I would be able to keep my family nourished without this additional benefit,” Bob remarks.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. Close to 70% of the participants of this program are families like Bob’s with children. More than a quarter consists of households with seniors or people with disabilities. Second to unemployment insurance, SNAP is the most responsive federal program providing additional assistance during economic crises such as when an individual is laid off, injured or disabled. It provides vital nutritional support for low-wage working families to ensure that nutritious meals are available to everyone. “It is important to note that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is truly supplemental. It is meant to help individuals and families who have a hard time making ends meet. Many of them are working multiple jobs that pay minimum wage. This program is truly a supplement that helps us take care of people,” says Kam McKenzie, Senior Coordinator of the Benefit Call Center.

The Freestore Foodbank opened the Benefit Call Center in order to provide more efficient support to clients. The Benefit Call Center of the Freestore Foodbank, located at the Customer Connection Center on Liberty Street, operates from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday – Friday.  Benefit Enrollment Specialists who work in the Call Center perform several functions. They answer the phone and help individuals and families sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  They also help clients take advantage of other critical services offered by the Freestore Foodbank such assistance with rent and utilities as well as referrals to other agencies for housing, hot meals and furniture . In addition, some of the Benefit Enrollment Specialists spend time in other locations as a resource – answering questions and helping clients sign up for assistance.

An average call to the Benefit Call Center takes about ten minutes.  The Freestore Foodbank specialists then submit all required documentation to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The applicants go through an extremely thorough verification process before they are approved for assistance – submitting identification information for themselves and family members and pay stubs if they hold jobs. It takes about a week for the application to get processed.

The Benefit Call Center at the Freestore Foodbank receives close to 500 calls per month. Kam and her staff work diligently to provide prompt service to her clients and also to preserve their dignity and privacy. “We care about the nutrition and overall wellness of low-income families and individuals in this country. We also want to make sure they feel comfortable and that they are treated with dignity and respect throughout the process,” Kam remarks. To learn more click on http://freestorefoodbank.org/get-help/benefit-call-center/ or for assistance call (513) 381-SNAP(7627)

Thank You For Your RSVP

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RSVP CONFIRMATION!

Contact Diana Hahn, 513-482-4500 or dhahn@freestorefoodbank.org with any questions regarding your RSVP.

The Freestore Foodbank, BelFlex Staffing Network, Life Learning Center, and Gateway Community & Technical College are excited to launch a new job training program called LIFT the TriState. With vital support from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Work Ready Skills Initiative, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati a kick-off event will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Freestore Foodbank’s Northern Kentucky Distribution Center located at 100 Beacon Drive in Wilder.

The Logistics, Inventory Management, Facilities Management, and Transportation (LIFT) the Tri-State Powered by BelFlex is a free, 12-week program designed to train unemployed and underemployed individuals for work in the transportation and warehouse industry. Class instruction will give students the opportunity to receive vital soft skills support at the Life Learning Center in Covington, Kentucky with industry recognized certification through Gateway Community & Technical College instruction and hands-on training at the Freestore Foodbank’s Northern Kentucky Distribution Center in Wilder, Kentucky.

LIFT the TriState Application

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Please complete this application accurately and legibly. The information provided here will be used by Freestore Foodbank and Life Learning Center staffs to better understand each potential trainee’s situation and needs. All information will remain confidential.

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Name:

MaleFemale

DOB:

Email Address:

Phone Number:

Current Address:

City:

Zipcode:

SSN#:

Race:

Of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino Origin?
YesNo

Are you a U.S. citizen?
YesNo


INFORMATION ON HOUSEHOLD, TRANSPORTATION & LIVING SITUATION

Specify current housing status:
OwnRentStaying with friend/familyTransitional shelterHomelessOther

If in homeless or transitional shelter, please specify where:

Current relationship status:
SingleMarriedDivorcedDomestic Partnership

Are you the head of your household?
YesNo

How many children:

Ages of children:

If yes, how do you plan to maintain stable childcare during the program?


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

All instruction and testing for this program is conducted in English. Are you able to read, write and communicate in English proficiently?
YesNo

Are you able to regularly perform required warehouse duties as assigned for a 8 hour day? Including but not limited to:
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Ability to bend and lift a minimum of 50lbs

YesNo

This program is 12 weeks long and requires attendance from 9:00AM- 3:00PM, Monday through Friday. Are you able to adhere to this schedule for the duration of the program?
YesNo

If no, please explain:

Can you remain drug free and sober for the length of the 12 week training program?
YesNo

Are you currently low-income?
YesNo

Are you currently unemployed?
YesNo


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

How did you hear about the LIFT the TriState program?
CraigslistGateway CollegeCustomer Connection Center, Freestore FoodbankFacebookFriend/FamilyLife Learning CenterBelflexJob FairOther

Other:

Please write a brief paragraph explaining why you are interested in this program:


EDUCATION:

Highest level of educational achievement:

Other Special Training or Certifications:

Do you have any prior warehouse experience (e.g. employment, volunteer) or education?
YesNo


EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Name:

Relationship to you:

Phone Number:


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
(Please provide complete information on your last three jobs, starting with the most recent. Note: Warehouse experience is not a requirement for admission into the LIFT the TriState program).

Employer (Company Name):

Name of Supervisor:

Supervisor's Phone#:

Job Title:

Duties/Responsibilities:

Start Date:

End Date:

Reason for Leaving:

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Employer (Company Name):

Name of Supervisor:

Supervisor's Phone#:

Job Title:

Duties/Responsibilities:

Start Date:

End Date:

Reason for Leaving:

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Employer (Company Name):

Name of Supervisor:

Supervisor's Phone#:

Job Title:

Duties/Responsibilities:

Start Date:

End Date:

Reason for Leaving:


SOCIAL SERVICES INFORMATION:

Do you have a Case Worker/ Case Manger?
YesNo

Name:

Agency:

Phone#:

Email:

Do you currently have a source of income?
YesNo

Please select the source(s) of income you currently receive:
EmploymentFamily SupportUnemploymentSocial SecuritySocial Security DisabilityOtherNone

Other (Please explain):

Are you currently receiving any of the following benefits or services?
Food StampsMedicaid/AHCCCSCash AssistanceSSIUnemployment BenefitsOtherNone

Other (Please explain):

If yes, how long have you been receiving these benefits?

Please specify the amount you receive:


The staff at Freestore Foodbank and Life Learning Center wants to help all those who are enrolled in the program become as healthy, independent, and self-sufficient as they can be. In order to help you achieve your goals, both personal and professional, we would like to better understand what areas we could help you with while enrolled in our program. Please select any service(s) that we can help you with:

Medical CareMental HealthSubstance Abuse TreatmentClothingDentalHealthDomestic Violence ServicesHousing/Utility ServicesFood Programs


MEDICAL HISTORY AND INFORMATION:

Do you currently have a Primary Care Provider (i.e. doctor)?
YesNo

If yes, please indicate your doctor's name and phone number:

Do you have any regular ongoing medical or behavioral health appointments?
YesNo

If yes, please explain:

Do you have any medical conditions, disabilities, or impairments that make certain work or physical activities difficult for you?
YesNo

If yes, please explain:

Are you currently taking any prescription medication?
YesNo

If yes, please list the names and schedule taken:

Do you have any side effects, such as drowsiness, impaired motor skills, or impaired judgment when taking these medications?
YesNo

Are you currently or have ever been in any type of drug or alcohol rehabilitation program?
YesNo

Have you been diagnosed with Hepatitis A?
YesNo


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Do you have a probation or parole officer?
YesNo

If yes, please indicate their name and phone#:

Do you have any court cases or legal issues pending?
YesNo

If yes, please describe and provide date:

Please list criminal convictions below:
(Include description of conviction, felony or misdemeanor, date, county or location. List all convictions.)


PLEASE SEND ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO:

Freestore Foodbank
1141 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

OR

Life Learning Center
20 W 18th Street
Covington, KY 41011

For more information, please call 513-482-7292.


DISCLAIMER AND SIGNATURE:

I certify that my answers are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. If this application leads to enrollment in the program, I understand that false or misleading information in my application or during my interview may result in my release from the program. If this application leads to enrollment in the program, I understand that I may be asked to take and pass a physical exam, drug and alcohol screening, and/or have a doctor's release to participate.

Signature: (type your full name)

Date:

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Story in Pictures

Mediaon June 6th, 2017Comments Off on Story in Pictures

The Giving Fields, our community farm located in Northern Kentucky is now buzzing with activity. We welcome volunteers of all ages. This is a great way to spend a summer afternoon with your family or your colleagues from work.

In early May, we re-decorated the wall in the Volunteer area of our Distribution Center on Tennessee Avenue to make it more inviting and appealing. The goal was twofold – to make the environment more comfortable and pleasing and also to use the space to inform, educate and advocate.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 residents left non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes prior to the time of regular mail delivery. Local donations to the Freestore Foodbank through the 2017 Stamp Out Hunger food drive currently stand at the equivalent of more than 58,100 meals for our hungry neighbors.

Freestore Foodbank’s 14th Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run presented by Kraft Heinz  was a grand success with more than 4,000 partcipants. We thank every volunteer who helped us with this event. We could not have done it without your help. Congratulations to Mathew Bohrensmeyer, first male to cross the finish line and Sara Habedank, first female to cross the finish line.

The Volunteer Connection June 2017

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Volunteer Spotlight:  Dan Burns

When Dan is asked why he’s volunteered with the Freestore Foodbank at the Giving Fields for the last six years, he simply responds, “Because it’s in my backyard.”  He is not kidding.  Dan is a local resident of Melbourne, Kentucky and has been one of our loyal volunteers since the early days of the Giving Fields project.  Most days, we see Dan navigating the rows, fence lines, and pretty much the entire length of the 10-acre farm driving a lawn mower and making sure that the fields and surroundings are well kept.  He says, “You should’ve seen the farm when it first started!  Often you couldn’t tell where the plants stopped and the grass and weeds started.  Now it’s a lovely place and people enjoy coming by, just to admire the beautiful landscape and garden.”

The real reason Dan has diligently mowed, weeded and assisted our Giving Fields’ Farm Managers for the last six years is because it is, as he himself puts it, “something simple that I can do to contribute to our community.” Although he is not a farmer himself, Dan is proud to share his knowledge and experience from owning a construction company over the years.  Maintaining the lawn is something he enjoys doing in his retirement.  He and his wife raised their family nearby and have tended their own garden over the years.  His son, Tony, and grandson, AJ, also frequently volunteer at the Giving Fields.

Dan knows the importance of including fresh fruits and vegetables in children’s meals.  He loves to look around and see the hundreds of pounds of food that are ready to be harvested and the thankful faces of the community partners who pick it up to deliver to our neighbors in need.  It brings a good feeling to be part of the effort to feed the hungry and it is worth the time that he spends volunteering at the farm .

The Giving Fields relies on the help of dedicated volunteers like Dan.  During the 2016 growing season, over 2,400 volunteers assisted with planting, weeding, harvesting, and gleaning.  No matter what their skill level, volunteers are able to help with our efforts to bring fresh healthy produce to our community agencies in Northern Kentucky.  Last year, the farm provided produce to supplement nearly 120,000 meals.  This year, we are seeking more volunteers to aid in this effort.  The farm is located only 15 minutes away from downtown Cincinnati in Melbourne, Kentucky.  We welcome kids, families, large groups and corporations. Come dig in the dirt this summer alongside Dan Burns, our extraordinary volunteer, Karen Huseman, our new Farm Manager, and Sara Steinkamp, our new Volunteer Engagement Specialist. Help us make a difference in the community!

For more information about volunteering at The Giving Fields or for questions about donating gardening items or supplies, please email our Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call (513) 482-7550.


A Huge Hunger Walk Thank You!


While thousands of people walked to help raise funds to solve hunger on Memorial Day, a dedicated crew of over 100 volunteers helped our staff to run the event and made the 2017 Hunger Walk 5K a huge success!  Every step taken helped the Freestore Foodbank to finish strong.  The Hunger Walk raised funds to support our partner agencies. Whether you ran, walked or helped the Freestore to organize the event, we want to thank you for your efforts!  Together, we can solve hunger!


Volunteer Fun in the Summer Sun: Upcoming Events and Opportunities

We need your help to accomplish our mission to feed our hungry neighbors, while providing opportunities for them to become more self-sufficient.  We need volunteers every day to help grow healthy fruits and vegetables on the farm, sort and pack food donations in our warehouse, share skills and knowledge in our workforce development efforts, as well as lead special events in our community.  Whatever your passion, we can find a fit for you as we work together to solve hunger in the tristate region.

Check out the volunteer registration and information page to sign up to volunteer for our ongoing group and individual volunteer opportunities at the Giving Fields, Mayerson Distribution Center, Customer Connection Center and Special Events in the community.

Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)
Do you have a green thumb, want to get closer to nature or just like to play in the dirt while making a difference in our community?  
Are you looking for an individual, family or corporate group activity? If so, the Giving Fields is the place for you!

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help plant, weed, and create a more food-secure environment for all.  Giving Fields’ volunteers will help care for and harvest the many different crops that are donated to community pantries in Northern Kentucky.  Tasks vary per day, but may include any of the following tasks: planting, weeding, mulching, harvesting and gleaning.   Check out available dates here:  I Want to Volunteer at the Giving Fields!

Mayerson Distribution Center (Bond Hill)
Would you like to help provide millions of meals each month to our hungry neighbors in the tri-state?
  If so, the Mayerson Distribution Center is the place for you!

Volunteers assist with a variety of warehouse activities that will enable Freestore Foodbank to provide healthy stable food to children, youth and adults throughout the tri-state.  Projects will vary based on the time of the year, product supply and demand.  This summer, volunteers will focus on three major projects:

Innovative Summer Meal Program:  Many children received free and reduced breakfast and lunches during the school year, but when summer comes they may not know where their next meal will come from. Through the Innovative Summer Meal Program, volunteer assemble food boxes that ensures that children will have meals during the summer months until school resumes.

Food Sorting Program:  Volunteers evaluate, sort, and box non-perishable food donations from community food drives which are then sent to one of the three fifty community partner agencies for distribution.

Senior Box Program:  Volunteers assemble shelf stable boxes of food for elderly residents who need a little extra assistance monthly.

I want to volunteer at the Mayerson Distribution Center!


Ongoing Volunteer Events
Would you like to commit to one or more 4 hour shifts a week and share your special skills or experience with the staff and customers of the Freestore Foodbank
?  Do you possess valuable knowledge that can help promote the mission of the agency and self-sufficiency of our customers?

Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of areas throughout the agency depending on your skills and passion.  Currently, we are seeking volunteers in following areas:

  • Communication and Front Desk Reception at the Customer Connection Center
  • Hospitality and Customer services in the Stop & Shop Area at the Mayerson Distribution Center
  • Soft Skill Instructors for Cincinnati Cooks! and Lift the Tri-State
  • and other various projects throughout the agency.

Email  Volunteer Services to explore these and other ongoing opportunities.


Special Events
Mid-July through early September – Check Out Duck (At select Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana). We will be gearing up for “Duck Season” at the Freestore Foodbank in preparation of the 23rd Annual Rubber Duck Regatta shortly!  We are seeking volunteers to help maintain duck placards (coupon holders) with tear off coupons at local Kroger checkout counters and UScan stations for the coming campaign next month. This fundraiser is a convenient way for people to buy ducks as they pay for their groceries. Last year, this campaign yielded close to $200,000 in duck sales with the help of our partners at Kroger and our dedicated volunteers. Mark your calendar now for this upcoming special event opportunity.  Details will be posted on the website by mid-June.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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Thank you to the following groups for your support May 2017!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

  • A Children’s Home
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Fifth Third
  • Gamble Montessori High School
  • General Electric
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kiwanis
  • Lakeside Presbyterian Church
  • Macy’s
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Redeemer Church
  • St. Xavier School
  • The Gathering-Slagle
  • Tri-State Freethinkers
  • Turpin High School
  • Unaffiliated Users
  • US Bank
  • Vantiv
  • Western Southern Financial

Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

  • Celanese
  • Keurig Green Mountain
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • UPS
  • Michelman
  • Fifth Third
  • Unilever Cincinnati
  • KeyBank
  • Seven Hills High School
  • Empire Marketing Strategies

Food Room (Liberty Street)

  • Cintas
  • Fifth Third

FeedingWorks: Transformational Teambuilding

Looking for a new way to strengthen your team’s ability to communicate, problem-solve and manage conflict while improving your opportunities to provide successful outcomes? Looking for an opportunity to not only grow stronger as a team internally, but to make an external impact on the community? Consider FeedingWorks, the Freestore Foodbank’s social enterprise.

FeedingWorks is a unique combination of professional leadership development and the transformational experience of a team working together to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. Teams form genuine bonds through this experience which is based on the principle of giving back while developing yourself and your team.

For more information about how your company can benefit from FeedingWorks, please visit www.feedingworks.com.