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Learn About The Neighbors We Serve

Mediaon September 13th, 2016Comments Off on Learn About The Neighbors We Serve

Braiden and his brother Ashton by no means live a simple life. They live with their grandmother in Scioto County, just southeast of Cincinnati. The boys moved to the area last year. Braiden and Ashton have occasional visits with their dad, but no longer see their mom because of legal issues. Their grandmother is on a fixed income.

Learn About The Neighbors We Serve

Braiden and his brother Ashton

The boys find some sense of normalcy at school. They attend an elementary school in Piketon, where Braiden is a second grade student and Ashton is repeating kindergarten. This school year marks their second as “Power Pack kids.” The boys receive the kid-friendly bags of food each Friday during the school year, to ensure they have something to eat on the weekend when they are away from school. This is made possible by a partnership between the Freestore Foodbank and the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund.

“We wouldn’t have anything to eat without the Power Packs,” said Braiden.

And without them, the brothers say they would be, “sad.”

Both boys share some of the food items with their two-year-old sister. “She especially loves the sunflower seeds,” said Ashton.

“Given the fixed income of their grandmother and the uncertainty of the visits to their father’s apartment, Power Packs provide a consistent food source for these boys during these ever-changing times,” said Mark Hunter of the Steven A. Hunter Hope Fund.

Braiden and Ashton are just two of the more than 4,000 children around the Tri-State who receive Power Packs each week. The Freestore Foodbank currently operates the program in partnership with 95 schools in Hamilton, Clermont, Clinton, Pike and Scioto Counties in Ohio and Campbell, Kenton Boone and Grant Counties in Northern Kentucky.

Feeding America Releases Study On Teens And Food Insecurity In America

Mediaon September 12th, 2016Comments Off on Feeding America Releases Study On Teens And Food Insecurity In America

teenBringing Teens to the Table and Impossible Choices are the products of a research collaborative between the Urban Institute and Feeding America aimed at better understanding the ways in which teens experience and cope with food insecurity in the United States. It used qualitative methods—a series of focus group discussions with teens in low-income communities—to explore three key questions:

(1) How do teens experience food insecurity in their families and communities?
(2) What coping strategies, including risky behavior, do they use to survive?
(3) What are barriers to teen participation in the current food assistance programs, and how could teens be better engaged?

Twenty focus groups were held in 10 diverse communities across the country, spanning five states in the West, Midwest, and Southeast; public and market-rate housing; and large and small urban areas as well as urbanized clusters located in more rural parts of the country. A total of 193 youth participated in these discussions, with separate groups held for boys and girls in each site.

Bringing Teens to the Table: A Focus on Food Insecurity in America broadly covers the ways in which teens experience food insecurity, the strategies they employ, their experiences with government and charitable feeding programs and their ideas about improvements.

Impossible Choices: Teens and Food Insecurity in America more narrowly examines the risky behaviors in which some teens engage when resources are scarce.

Key Findings
The following are key findings from Bringing Teens to the Table and Impossible Choices:

  • Teens are active participants in family food acquisition and management strategies. Getting the largest volume of food for the lowest price is the driving factor behind most food choices. Acquisition of healthier, higher quality foods is often sacrificed to stretch limited dollars. Fresh food, including produce, is often deemed both a luxury and a risky purchase, due to higher cost and risk of spoilage.
  • Teen food insecurity is widespread. Even in focus groups where participants had little direct experience with food insecurity themselves, teens were aware of classmates and neighbors who regularly did not have enough to eat. These accounts are consistent with national data, which show that approximately one in five children under the age of 18 lives in food-insecure households.
  • Teens fear stigma around hunger and actively hide it as much as they can. Consequently, many teens avoid food assistance delivered in publicly visible settings or from people outside of a trusted circle of friends and family. They feel embarrassed if others know that their families receive charitable help and repeatedly emphasize that incorporating food into other programming and services is a desirable approach.
  • Food-insecure teens strategize about how to mitigate their hunger and make food last longer for the whole family. For example, they may go over to friends’ or relatives’ houses to eat, or they may save their school lunch for the weekend. They also look out for friends who may be struggling.
  • Although parents try to protect teens from hunger and from bearing responsibility for providing for themselves or others, teens in food-insecure families also routinely take on this role. They find ways to bring food into the household and sometimes go without food to protect younger siblings.
  • SNAP is an important source of support for many families, and benefits are valued because they allow households to acquire food by shopping in mainstream retail settings. Although they see SNAP as beneficial, teens also talk about the inability of families to stretch the benefits over an entire month and the loss of benefits when incomes improve only marginally.
  • Teens have a lot of opinions about school meal programs and ideas about how to strengthen them. Many teens believe more resources should be devoted to improving the quality of the programs, but they also recognize that they are very important for many food-insecure teens and express concerns about students who they perceive need the school meals just to get by, particularly access to free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program.
  • Most teens in the focus groups seem unaware of summer feeding options, and some perceive them as largely programs for younger children. The lack of engagement with summer feeding stands in stark contrast to teens’ own reports that summer is a time when there is greater pressure on family food budgets.
  • Teens frequently perceive that charitable feeding programs are not available to their age group. In some cases, they perceive that only adults can access charitable feeding programs, although adolescents may be responsible for acquiring household food resources. In other cases, programs like weekend backpacks are viewed as available only to younger kids.
  • Teens are very aware of the broader economic challenges that are connected to food insecurity. They have a host of ideas about changes to the food system, public policy, school nutrition programs, and charitable responses they believe would better meet the needs of food-insecure teens in their communities.
  • Teens would overwhelmingly prefer to earn money through a legitimate job. However, prospects for youth employment are extremely limited in most communities—particularly in those with the highest rates of poverty; and teens often cannot make enough money with odd jobs to make a dent in family food insecurity.
  • When faced with acute food insecurity, teens in all but two of the communities said that youth engage in criminal behavior, ranging from shoplifting food directly to selling drugs and stealing to resell the items for cash. These behaviors were most common among young men in communities with the most limited employment options.
  • Teens in all 10 communities and in 13 of the 20 focus groups talked in some way about “some girls selling their body” or “sex for money.” These themes came out most strongly in high poverty communities where teens also described sexually coercive environments (Popkin et al. 2016). Sexual exploitation most commonly took the form of transactional dating relationships with older men.
  • In a few communities, teens talked about going to jail or flunking school as viable strategies for dealing with food insecurity.

Teens in the focus groups shared their ideas about ways programs could improve to better reach teens in need, and the Urban Institute and Feeding America have been engaging teens in Portland, Oregon, to design and launch a pilot program to reduce stigma and increase teens’ access to food.

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, which annually provides free meals and groceries to more than 46 million people (or 1 in 7 Americans), including 12 million children and seven million seniors. The study is supported by ConAgra Foods Foundation.

Charitable Gift Annuities

Mediaon September 8th, 2016Comments Off on Charitable Gift Annuities

Charitable Gift Annuities

With a Charitable Gift Annuity, donors transfer cash or stock to the Freestore Foodbank. That gift is held for the Freestore Foodbank and the donor by Feeding America. As a result of supporting the organization, the donor receives a partial tax deduction and gets a guaranteed stream of annual income for their lifetime.

To learn more about making a charitable gift annuity please contact Mindy Hammer at mhammer@freestorefoodbank.org or 513-482-7099

Read about other donors who have made the decision to create a Charitable Gift Annuity.


The Perfect Way to Give

Peter and Mary Bauer

Peter and Mary Bauer

“I won’t forget when working in a poor school district, how it broke my heart to see hunger affect children in my classroom.”  Mary Bauer, who retired as a primary school teacher years ago, still recalls how some of her students came to school and couldn’t concentrate because their stomachs were empty. The kid-friendly, nutritional food that the Freestore Foodbank provides over weekends, holidays and breaks would have been a great help to improve the performance and the health of these students.

When Mary was choosing a charitable organization to make a Charitable Gift Annuity with, she felt the Freestore Foodbank would be a perfect choice. Peter, her husband, agreed. A number of year’s back he had a relative that went through a personal crisis and was able to receive supportive services provided at the Freestore Foodbank’s Customer Connection Center.

With a charitable gift annuity, donors transfer cash or stock to the Freestore Foodbank. It is a mutually beneficial method of giving. As a result of supporting the organization, they receive a partial tax deduction and get a guaranteed stream of annual income for their lifetime. Those benefits made the decision to support the Freestore Foodbank perfect for them. We are thankful for their foresight and dedication in the fight against hunger.

Please consider joining all of us in ensuring tomorrow’s harvest.

Donor Inquiries
Learn More About Our Endowment Learn More About Making A Gift In Your Will Learn More About Making A Gift Through Your Insurance Or Retirement Plan Learn more about some of our Tomorrow’s Harvest Society Members

The Volunteer Connection September 2016

Mediaon September 6th, 2016Comments Off on The Volunteer Connection September 2016

Celebrating All Things Duck
Many volunteers supported the Rubber Duck Regatta throughout August, on the day of the event and even days after the ducks went swimming in the Ohio River. Without their dedication and support, our largest fundraiser would not have been so successful.  The Freestore Foodbank is greatly appreciative for all the work and commitment shared by our awesome volunteers!

Thank You Quacky Games Volunteers!
Selling ducks can’t be more fun than at a WEBN Party! It’s going down on Saturday, August 6th at Fountain Square. Volunteers will help sell ducks during the party. Find out more and sign up for this fun event by Clicking Here.

 

A Weekend at Kroger – Duck Sales Volunteers
Volunteers helped sell ducks at the Anderson, Harper’s Point, Oakley, Delhi, Hyde Park, Newport, Western Hills, Mt. Orab, and Lawrenceburg Kroger stores each weekend in August. Donors had an opportunity to pick up some “duck swag” with their duck purchases in addition to complete their weekly shopping at Kroger. What a fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon! Thank you Kroger Weekend Duck Sales Volunteers!!

The Freestore Foodbank announces the winners of the 22nd Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, which sent more than 165,000 ducks into the Ohio River.Duck Central Volunteers – Hello? Do You Want to Buy A Duck? Duck Sale Calls
Did you register your duck by calling the duck line? If you did, you were probably assisted by one of our many esteemed volunteers. Volunteers helped out throughout the month of August taking duck sale calls from you and many others. We truly appreciate all of the volunteers who helped us answer phones and secure duck sales.

What is the Rubber Duck Regatta without Quacky?!
Quacky wanted to send a huge and hearty THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who braved the extremely warm costume to make children and adults giggle and laugh during Quacky’s many appearances. Quacky couldn’t have “quacked” without YOU!

 

The Finale – Rubber Duck Regatta Volunteers
We made it! On Sunday, September 4th at Serpentine Wall and Newport on the Levee, volunteers flanked the river at both venues selling ducks! Volunteers assisted with setting the ducks free off the Purple People Bridge and after the splash and the big race they helped scoop the ducks from the Ohio River and load them into our trucks. Way to go Rubber Duck Regatta Volunteers!!

Wash, Rinse, Load, Ship – Duck Washing Volunteers
For the past few years, the Xavier University Men’s Swim Team has unloaded, washed, rinsed, and repackaged more than 160,000 racing ducks on Labor Day morning at our Mayerson Distribution Center. They come with enthusiasm and a competitive nature to beat their previous completion time. They have a system they use and we pretty much step back and let them do their thing. Thank You XU Swim Team for sending the ducks out in style!


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Are you in need of a company project during the holiday season or just looking for a new family tradition for your family? We have a great project just for you!

Become a Family’s Donor
Share in the spirit of the holidays by helping other families enjoy the season. Become a donor and purchase gifts for one of our Freestore Foodbank families that participate in our Housing, Direct Rent, and Shelter Diversion programs. Adopt – A – Family is an annual program that helps over 200 customers during the holidays. Your generosity will provide a great sense of value and worth to these families and clearly demonstrate in a meaningful way that others really care about them.  For more information about adopting a family or helping with gift purchases, please email: adoptafamily@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-720-6099.


The Holidays are Coming Soon:  Be on the lookout in the October Volunteer Connection issue for our Holiday Roundup of Upcoming Events!


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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Thank you to the following groups for your support August 2016!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

84.51
Advantage Solutions
Amazon
Astra Zeneca
Beckfield College
Bottom Line Systems
Catalina Marketing
CDK Global, LLC
Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Curiosity Advertising
East Central High School
Ernst & Young
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third
First Financial Bank
General Electric
Great American Annuity Group
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Groupon
Hamilton County COVE
Hershey’s Company
Kerry Automotive
Messer Construction
Monfort Heights United Methodist Church
New Richmond Schools
Old St. Patrick’s Church
P & G
Pep Promotions
PNC
Retail Odyssey
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
The Gathering
The Standard
Thomas More College
Tri-State Freethinkers
Truepoint Wealth Counsel
UBS Financial
US Bank
Vantiv
Von Lehman
Xavier University

Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

Advance Pierre Foods
Amazon
Belterra Casino
Ethicon
Fifth Third
Guardian Angels
Indian Hill Church
Kroger
North Key
Old St. Patrick’s Church
P & G
PNC
Starbucks Regional Office
Vantiv
Xavier University

Food Room (Liberty Street)

Citi
Flagel, Huber, Flagel
Franciscan for Poor
Keurig Green Mountain
P & G
Sallie Mae


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.

Cincinnati Park Board Honors Bob Edwards

Mediaon August 31st, 2016Comments Off on Cincinnati Park Board Honors Bob Edwards

On Tuesday, August 30, the Board of Park Commissioners of the City of Cincinnati unveiled20160830_182918 a Kiosk in honor of late Rubber Duck Regatta Founder Bob Edwards. A special ceremony took place at Yeatman’s Cove Sycamore tree grove at Sawyer Point and included the reading of a resolution in Bob’s honor.

Bob’s wife, Sylvia, and son, Eric, were in attendance. Several members of the Freestore Foodbank and Rubber Duck Regatta team were also honored to take part.

“Bob and I joked that we both grew up to play with a child’s bathtub toy,” said Mick Clay, Freestore Foodbank Director of Development Operations, who worked with Bob for over a decade. “Bob grew up in a river town, Marietta, Ohio. I like to think that the childhood adventures along his hometown’s rivers sparked his imagination that led to the Rubber Duck Regatta. That the small town, neighbor helping neighbor, led to a fun way to help other’s in Cincinnati some 22 years ago.”

The Kiosk honoring Bob ever so fittingly sits near the Purple People Bridge where the Freestore Foodbank sends hundreds of thousands of rubber ducks racing each Labor Day weekend.

Mick Bob Event“This plaque honoring Bob in a park, by the river that he followed in his life,” said Mick. “It is just perfect.”

Bob served on the Cincinnati Bicentennial Commons Board of Visitors Advisory Council for 27 years. He volunteered as a financial planner, helping secure the Bicentennial Commons Permanent Capital Replacement, Maintenance, and Repair Trust.

The Volunteer Connection August 2016

Mediaon August 1st, 2016Comments Off on The Volunteer Connection August 2016

It’s Duck Season at the Freestore Foodbank!

Check-Out Duck Store Monitors: Adopt a Kroger Store Today Check-Out Duck Store Monitors:
Adopt a Kroger Store Today
Are you in need of community service hours but there aren’t enough hours in the day to make get them done? Have you always wanted to volunteer with the Freestore but can’t find the time to volunteer? Well, we have the perfect activity for YOU!! There are still stores up for adoption for our Check-Out Duck Campaign. Find Your Kroger Store Here

Western & Southern WEBN Fireworks Countdown PartyWestern & Southern WEBN Fireworks:
Countdown Party
Selling ducks can’t be more fun than at a WEBN Party! It’s going down on Saturday, August 6th at Fountain Square. Volunteers will help sell ducks during the party. Find out more and sign up for this fun event by Clicking Here.

I'm Quacky the RDR Mascot Get Ready to Have a “Quacktabulous” Good Time:
Quacky the Rubber Duck Regatta Mascot
We’re still looking for volunteers to play Quacky – our Rubber Duck Regatta mascot. This activity is a great way to hon in on your acting abilities; appear on all the local media and social media outlets; and get community service hours while giving back to a great cause! There are a variety of opportunities available! I’m Quacky the RDR Mascot

Help Sell the Winning Duck: Kroger Weekend Duck SalesHelp Sell the Winning Duck:
Kroger Weekend Duck Sales
Are you looking for something to do on the weekends in August? We have the perfect activity for you! We’re selling ducks at select Kroger stores on Saturdays and Sundays beginning the weekend of August 13th. Come out and have fun selling ducks and you just might be the lucky one to sell the million dollar duck!!!  I Want to Sell Ducks

Duck Central Volunteers: Take Duck Sales CallsDuck Central Volunteers:
Take Duck Sales Calls
Volunteers are needed to help answer duck sales calls at our Central Parkway office beginning in August. It’s a great way to stay cool and help out! I’m a Duck Central Volunteer

Get the Ducks Ready for the Big Race: Duck Plucking and Tagging Volunteers Get the Ducks Ready for the Big Race:
Duck Plucking and Tagging Volunteers
Come on over to our Mayerson Distribution Center to help pluck or tag ducks and get them ready for the big race on September 4th. There are shifts still available but they are filling up fast! Local12 Weather will be with us on Wednesday, August 31 or Thursday, September 1 to spotlight the groups tagging ducks. This activity is a “quacktacular” and fun team building experience! Come on out and join us! View Available Dates and Shifts Here then complete a Group Requests form to get your team scheduled.

The Grand Finale: Rubber Duck RegattaThe Grand Finale:
Rubber Duck Regatta
Don’t miss out on all the fun on Sunday, September 4th at Serpentine Wall! Come down and help sell ducks, watch the ducks drop from the Purple People Bridge, or retrieve ducks from the Ohio River! Rubber Duck Regatta Volunteer


Thank you Hogs vs. Hunger Volunteers! Thank you Hogs vs. Hunger Volunteers!
We’d like to thank all the staff and volunteers who assisted with making the Hogs vs. Hunger event a huge success. The event took place on a beautiful Saturday on July 9th. We wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without you! THANK YOU!


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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Thank you to the following groups for your support July 2016!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Bank of America
Bosch Automotive
Celanese
Central Church of Christ Youth Group
Church of the Redeemer
CMS Insurance
Dinsmore and Shohl
Fifth Third
Frost Brown Todd LLC
General Electric
Knights of Columbus
Ladies and Pearls
North Carolina A&T Alum
Otis Elevator
P&G
Pappas Restaurants
Paul Crosley YMCA
Pepsi
Phillips Edison
PNC Bank
Republic Services
Schneider Electric
Scripps
South West Indiana District Church of the Nazaren Youth Camp
St. Paul Lutheran Church Youth Group
Target
The Gathering
Tri-Health
Trinity UCC
University of Cincinnati

Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

Campbell County Schools
Cincinnati Bell
Crossroads
Fifth Third
GAIG
General Electric
Girl Scouts
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Heritage Presbyterian Church
IKRON
JLL
Kroger
NKU – Governor’s Scholars Program
Paul Crosley YMCA
St. Paul Lutheran Church Youth Group
Summer Enrichment Program
Tier 1 Performance
Tri-State Freethinkers
Tyson Foods
Ulster Project
VPC Youth and Life Spring Church Youth Group
Youth on a Mission

Food Room (Liberty Street)

Cintas
Easter Seals
General Electric
Holmes High School Home Bound Summer Program
Humana
P&G
St. Paul Lutheran Youth Camp


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.

Testing New Ways To Feed Kids During Summer Months

Mediaon July 29th, 2016Comments Off on Testing New Ways To Feed Kids During Summer Months

Nearly 95,000 children in the 20 counties that we serve are at risk of hunger. Last year, we launched a partnership with Design Impact, with the purpose of testing new and innovative ways to help feed hungry children during the summer months, when they are away from school. One of the approaches this summer has included Culinary Camp. The concept – to bring in chefs and nutritionists to speak with children and help them to prepare healthy, nutritious recipes. We sent the kids home with the recipes that they prepared, along with measuring cups or measuring spoons. The idea – to help children learn about healthy eating and cooking, all while helping to feed them. Earlier in July, we tested the concept with UpSpring and the Millvale Rec Center. At both locations, we hosted two sessions a day, with about 15-20 children in each session. Before and after the camps, we surveyed the children to find out things such as what foods they have tried before, whether they liked the recipe they made, and whether they would make it again.

The week of July 25 , we launched UnPack’d, which has brought pop-up picnics to various park locations in 16 Pop Up PicnicHamilton County, all intended to feed hungry children.

Below are two separate stories from WCPO about these initiatives:

Culinary Camp

UnPack’d

Grant money has helped to make all of this possible. At the end of summer a group, consisting of various individuals in the trial phase, will meet to discuss outcomes of these approaches, along with next steps.

 

Freestore Foodbank Volunteer FAQs

Mediaon July 25th, 2016Comments Off on Freestore Foodbank Volunteer FAQs

Volunteer FAQs

Interested in volunteering with us? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about volunteering at the Freestore Foodbank.

Do I need to register and schedule a time to be a volunteer?
What types of volunteer opportunities does the Food Bank offer?
Is there an age requirement to volunteer at the Freestore Food Bank?
What are the hours of the activities?
Can I volunteer at the Freestore Foodbank on the weekend?
Can I bring a group of volunteers to the Freestore?
Is there a dress code for volunteers?
Can I complete mandated Community Service hours for social service agencies or court by volunteering at the Freestore Foodbank?
Can I complete Community Service hours for school by volunteering at the Freestore Foodbank?
What do I need to bring with me when I volunteer at the Freestore Foodbank?
Where is the Freestore Foodbank located?

Join our efforts and get started:

REGISTER FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
VOLUNTEER QUESTIONS

The Volunteer Connection July 2016

Mediaon July 5th, 2016Comments Off on The Volunteer Connection July 2016

Thank you Taste of NFL volunteers!

Thank you to our awesome volunteers and staff for making the Taste of NFL a HUGE success! Over 100 volunteers assisted with event set-up, breakdown and in-event support! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the continued support and dedication of our volunteers….WE APPRECIATE YOU!!


Hogs vs Hunger - Rally Against Hunger - Belterra Park and Harley-Davidson - Saturday, July 9 at 1pmRev Up Your Engines for The Sixth Annual Hogs vs Hunger Event
On Saturday, July 9th we will be out at the Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson store in Florence, KY preparing for the best motorcycle ride for hunger. The ride will cover a 100 mile stretch through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio and end at Belterra Park Casino in Anderson Township. Hogs vs. Hunger is presented by Belterra Casino Resort, Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center and the Pinnacle Foundation. This event is an excellent fundraising opportunity for those who love to ride the open roads and help those in need at the same time.  There are still volunteer opportunities available, Click Here to register or for more information.


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Buy A Duck, Feed A Child: Check-Out Duck
Check-Out Duck is an easy way for Kroger customers to purchase their ducks while paying for their groceries. Volunteers will help maintain the “Duck placards” (coupon holders) and tear-off coupons located at each checkout counter and U-scan stations at participating Kroger stores. Last year, this campaign yielded over $250,000 in “Duck sales” with the help of our partners at Kroger and our dedicated volunteers.  If you already shop at Kroger on a weekly basis, this is a fantastic job for you.  It only takes a few minutes of your time while you are there.  Adopt Your Store Today!

quackyQuacky Mascot: Volunteers Needed
It’s a bird; it’s a plane…NOOO its Quacky! Have you ever dreamed of becoming a mascot? Now is your chance! Volunteers are needed to bring Quacky to life as our Rubber Duck Regatta mascot for upcoming appearances beginning in August – September 4th. Click the following link to view dates and times: I Want to be Quacky. Get ready to have a “quacktacular” good time!

phoneHelp Us Take Duck Calls at Duck Central!
Volunteers will help take “Duck” sales calls at our Central Parkway office beginning the week of August 15 – September 4. We will train you and you’ll get the opportunity to speak to many wonderful donors!  Get registered today to help out: Duck Central Volunteer


It’s Time to Harvest at the Giving Fields
If gardening is your thing, then we have an activity just for you! There are still openings available to help harvest fresh produce at our Giving Fields located in Melbourne, KY. Don’t miss out on a chance to play in the dirt while helping to feed our neighbors in Northern Kentucky! If you’re planning a staycation or have family in from out of town, put us on your itinerary of things to see and do!! Click Here for more information or to register to volunteer.


Feeding Children During the Summer: Innovative Summer Meals
Everyone loves assembling Power Packs during the school year and we have a similar activity during the summer months. The Innovative Summer Meals (ISM) are assembled weekly at our Mayerson Distribution Center located on Tennessee Ave. The meals are distributed in rural areas to supplement the Power Pack program until school resumes. No child should have to worry about where their next meal will come from during the summer months. Round up your group and come help assemble ISM boxes. Complete a Group Requests form today.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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Thank you to the following groups for your support June 2016!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

  • Asian American Group
  • Baker & Hostetler
  • BDO USA
  • Catholic Heart
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Church of the Redeemer
  • CHWC
  • Cincinnati Black Professionals
  • Cincinnati Kiwanis
  • Cincinnati Woman’s Club
  • Cincinnati Young Asian American Professionals
  • Danis
  • DeCastro Auto Group
  • Duke Energy
  • Ethicon
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • FEG
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Fund Evaluation Group
  • General Electric
  • Great American Insurance
  • Hillman Group
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kerry Automotive
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Marshalls
  • Messer Construction
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mount St. Joseph (Upward Bound)
  • New York Life Insurance
  • Nielsen
  • Pomeroy
  • Revenue Services
  • Teach for America
  • The Gathering
  • Theta Tau
  • Thrive Fitness
  • Tri-State Freethinkers
  • TriHealth
  • University of Cincinnati
  • UPS
  • Urban League Young Professionals

Giving Fields & Small Farms

  • 84.51
  • Ameriprise
  • BDO USA
  • Catholic Heart
  • Citigroup
  • Cost Management
  • Fifth Third
  • General Electric
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Harlow
  • Kroger
  • Lawrenceville Church of God
  • Mariemont Jr. High
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nielsen
  • NKU
  • PNC Bank
  • Pomeroy
  • Second Presbyterian Church
  • Second Presbyterian Middle School
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Ignatius School
  • St. Ursula Academy
    St. Vincent de Paul
  • Summit Country Day School
  • UBS
  • United Way
  • Ursuline Academy

Food Room (Liberty Street)

  • Abbive
  • Christ in Youth
  • Cincinnati Young Asian American Professionals
  • Clark Montessori
  • CMS Insurance
  • Dannon Company
  • Easter Seals
  • Franciscan for the Poor
  • Mattress Firm
  • P&G

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.

Building A Good Foundation

Mediaon June 21st, 2016Comments Off on Building A Good Foundation

Linda came to Cincinnati unemployed and homeless. Due to health problems, she had taken a buyout from her employer on the East Coast, where she had worked in a management position for several years. A limited income of $233 a month meant that she needed to find a new job, and fast.

Starting over was Linda’s mission when she came to the Queen City; and we there to help. It began with emergency food, but led to so much more.

Archie

Freestore Foodbank Social Services Intake Worker Archie Johnson

“With her coming to Cincinnati, she felt like she could start over with her life,” recalls Freestore Foodbank Social Services Intake Worker Archie Johnson. “She had a renewed energy.”

Linda was able to find housing assistance through a Section 8 voucher and quickly landed a job at an upscale fashion retailer in town, but no car meant that she had no way of getting there. And a job in retail meant that she needed nice clothing. Archie connected Linda with bus passes to attend job training and to get to and from work up, until she received her first paycheck. We also connected her with our partner Dress for Success to help her with work clothing. Linda is now back on a road to self-reliance.

“It’s gratifying to know that we were able to help Linda get back on her feet. Helping  to build a good foundation, that’s what we do every day for our customers.”