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Ways to Give

Mediaon February 1st, 2017Comments Off on Ways to Give

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The Volunteer Connection February 2017

Mediaon January 30th, 2017Comments Off on The Volunteer Connection February 2017

Event Thank You: MLK Day Power Pack -a-Thon

Event Thank You: MLK Day Power Pack-a-Thon

We hosted two shifts for this year’s Power Pack-a-Thon which took place at our Mayerson Distribution Center located on Tennessee Avenue. We had a great time assembling over 5,000 Power Packs with the support of over 100 volunteers and a generous donation from Panera Bread. Thanks to all of you that came out to support the Power Pack program!


On the Horizon:  Mark Your Calendars

Giving Fields Giving Fields
Come one, come all, bring your family, friends, school or work group to volunteer at our Giving Fields! Volunteers of all ages and group sizes are welcome! Stay tuned for the season’s opening date sometime in late spring and volunteer needs.

Check Out Power Pack KrogerCheck Out Power Pack
Can you spare 15-20 minutes per week to support the Power Pack program? Do you shop at a local Kroger store? Volunteers are needed to assist with maintaining placards and tear coupons at 60 local Kroger stores. This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for students looking for community service hours, families with little ones, and those who work full time but want to get involved and volunteer. More information to come very soon!

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Event: Stamp Out Hunger
When: Saturday, May 13
Time: Tuesday – Saturday; 9am – 11:30am or 1pm – 3:30pm.
Where: Mayerson Distribution Center, 1250 Tennessee Ave; 45229
Task: Sorting donations collected by mail carriers
Who:  Individuals or groups

Hunger Walk

Event: Hunger Walk
When: May 27 – May 29
Time: various shifts available
Where: TBD
Task: Various
Who:  Individuals or groups

Power Pack and Summer Food Service Programs

Event: Power Pack and Summer Food Service Programs
When: January – August
Time: three shifts available; 9am – 11:30am, 1pm – 3:30pm, or 5pm – 7:30pm (evening shift offered Wednesdays and Thursdays only)
Where: Mayerson Distribution Center; 1250 Tennessee Ave; 45229
Task: Assembling Power Packs or food boxes for children.
Who:  Groups (up to 25 volunteers per shift)
Group Requests: DC Group Requests


OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

A Children’s Home
Clifton Market
Colerain High School
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
Elevation Volleyball
Emmanual UMC
General Electric (GE)
Iota Sigma Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Kiwanis
Local 12 News
Love Must Win
Madeira Middle School
Mayerson Foundation
Ohio Valley Institute of Food Technologies
Panera Bread
Pep Promotions
Redeemer Church
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
St. Xavier School-Gloeckler
Starbucks
Tata Consultancy Services Limited
The Gathering
The Matrix Companies
Tri-State Freethinkers
University of Cincinnati
Western Southern Financial
Wise Temple
Xavier University

Food Room (Liberty Street)

Easter Seals Tristate
Gang of Thieves
Sundry and Vice


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.

The Volunteer Connection January 2017

Mediaon December 29th, 2016Comments Off on The Volunteer Connection January 2017

Happy New Year from the Volunteer Engagement Team!

Our team wishes you a very prosperous, healthy new year and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Volunteers are one of our greatest resources. You make our work in the community possible. In 2016, more than 11,000 volunteers shared their time, talent and treasures. We look forward to working with you again in 2017. Together, We Can Solve Hunger!


We wrapped up 2016 with a big red bow with the following events:

Thank You For Giving The Gift Of Hope For The HolidaysHoliday Food Distributions
Our annual Christmas Food Distribution made a huge impact, thanks to the support of our staff and volunteers. We provided food for a Christmas meal to help more than 12,000 people over the course of two days. More than 650 volunteers donated 2,100 hours – a true gift this holiday season. The Holiday Food Distributions combined, with the support of 1,800 volunteers, we were able to help more than 32,000 people with a holiday meal.

Adopt-a-FamilyAdopt-a-Family
100 families received holiday gifts this year through our Adopt-a-Family program. Thanks to the volunteers and donors who helped to make this possible. Thank you to volunteer Susan Ede and her team for bringing joy to these families over the holidays.


A Sneak Peek for 2017 Volunteer Opportunities:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceMartin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
On Monday, January 16, up to 100 volunteers will take part in our Power Pack-a-Thon at our Mayerson Distribution Center located at 1250 Tennessee Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45229. 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. There are two shifts available! Sign Up Today.

Distinguished Speaker Series & Annual Meeting Distinguished Speaker Series & Annual Meeting
Volunteers are needed to assist with event breakdown. This is an evening volunteer opportunity taking place on Thursday, January 26 at our Mayerson Distribution Center located at 1250 Tennessee Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45229.
Sign Up Today.

Check Out Power Pack KrogerCheck-Out Power Pack at local Kroger Stores
We will begin sometime in March or April. This is an individual volunteer opportunity that is great for volunteers who work or go to school full time, but wish to volunteer with us. Volunteers will adopt and visit one or more of the 60 participating Kroger stores once or twice weekly to help with maintenance of the placards and tear coupons at the cash registers and U-scans. Volunteers will replace or replenish supplies as needed. At the end of the campaign, volunteers will take down the placards and tear coupons and discard. Volunteers will be given one hour each week during the campaign run. Stay tuned for sign-up details online and in the February e-Newsletter.

There are three Check-Out campaigns throughout the year: Check-Out Power Pack, Check-Out Duck and Check-Out Hunger. These fundraisers are an easy way for donors to help feed our hungry neighbors.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

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Agrium
Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati United Soccer Club
Crossmark
Dassault Systems
Dimalanta Design
Dunnhumby
EyeMed
Fifth Third
General Electric (GE)
Humana
Key Impact
Kroger
P & G
Patheon Commercial Operations
PNC
Summit Country Day School
Tetra Tech
US Bank
Western Southern Financial

Food Room (Liberty Street)

Duke Energy
Easter Seals Tristate
Mercy Health Group

Christmas Food Distribution (Customer Connection Center – Liberty Street)

Aetna
Ameritas
Beechwood High School
Bellevue High School
Chateau at Mountain Crest
Cincinnati College Prep Academy
Cintas
Delta
Droder & Miller
East Central High School
Ethicon
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third
Gap
General Electric (GE)
Harrison Pavilion Nursing Center
Health Collab
Humana
HyperDrive
Local 12 News
Lucas Group
Mercy Health Plex Sea Wolves
Mount St. Joseph University
News America
P & G
Pep Promotions
Remke
Rhinegeist Brewery
Schulman IRB
Standard Retirement Services
Vantiv


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 TriState – Make A Donation Today!

Mediaon December 29th, 2016Comments Off on Cincinnati TriState – Make A Donation Today!

Together We Can Solve Hunger - Make A Donation Today!

The Volunteer Connection December 2016

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

Thank You!

Wishing All of Our Awesome Volunteers a Very Happy Holiday Season!

We have so much to be grateful for! We couldn’t fight hunger without your continued support, enthusiastic spirit and time! We had a whirlwind of events in November and because of our magnificent volunteers each event was a HUGE success!

November Volunteers

Fantastic News: Christmas Holiday Food Box Distribution
Thanks to everyone who has signed up or wanted to sign up to volunteer at our Christmas Food Box Distribution. The amount of interest to help out was astronomical to the point we had more than enough volunteers to make it happen! Thank you to our fantastic volunteers in 2016!


Check out these other amazing opportunities coming in 2017!

MLK Day Power Pack-A-ThonMLK Day Power Pack-A-Thon
What can be better than spending three hours of your day helping us feed hungry children by assembling Power Packs at our Power Pack-A-Thon on Monday, January 16th. This is the best service day assignment ever and you would not want to miss out on all the fun. Sign Up Today! Spaces are limited.

studentsStudent Nights: Helping Students Achieve Their Community Service Hours
Are you a student 16 years of age or older and in need of community service hours? Then we have an opportunity just for you!! Every Thursday beginning on January 12, 2017 until the end of the school year,  we’ll host a Student Night at the Distribution Center on Tennessee Avenue to give students the opportunity to earn those required community service hours! Tell your friends, bring them along and let’s have some fun while providing a great service to someone in need! Sign Up Now! Reservations are needed and spaces are limited.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Anheuser-Busch
Blue Mark Capital
Bottom Line Systems
Chobani
Christ Hospital
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Duracell
F + W Media
Fidant Wealth Partners
Fifth Third
Four EG
General Electric
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Green Ink Press
IGS Energy
Iota Sweetheart Inc.
JLL
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Kroger
Northwestern Mutual
P & G
Protiviti
Vantiv
Western Southern Financial
Wyoming Presbyterian Church

Food Room (Liberty Street)

GCSMPS
General Electric
Humana
Macy’s
Miami University

Events (Bengals Canned Food Drive and Thanksgiving Holiday Food Box Distribution)

American Modern Young Professionals
Ameriprise
Ameritas
Astellas Pharmaceutical
Beechwood High School
Belterra Casino
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chateau at Mountain Crest
Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cintas
Concur
Delta
Duke Energy
Dynegy
EMC Insurance
Ethicon
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third
First Financial Bank
Fund Evaluation Group
General Electric (GE)
Girl Scouts
Go Dutch
Harrison Pavilion Nursing Center
ILSCO Corporation
KAO
Mike Albert
Nestle
News America
Northern Kentucky University
P & G
Pep Promotions
Rhinegeist Brewery
RSW/US
S.C. Johnson & Son
Socius
St. Joseph Catholic School
Standard Retirement Services
Star One Realtors
Talbert House
The United States Playing Card Co
Thomas More College
UFCW Local 75
University of Cincinnati
US Bank
Vantiv
Withrow High School Alum C/O 87


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.

Montgomery Food Share

Mediaon November 9th, 2016Comments Off on Montgomery Food Share

montgomery-food-share-3Hunger affects people you see every day – the cashier at the grocery store, a child in your son or daughter’s class, the senior down the street who requires expensive medications. Many people live one paycheck away from financial disaster. An unexpected illness, injury, car repair, or life change can put a self-sufficient person at risk of hunger.

The Freestore Foodbank distributes 23 million meals, including shelf stable and perishable food and grocery items, to people facing hunger each year.

The generous support of the community helps to make our work possible.

In 2013, Montgomery resident Wendy New launched an initiative to help support our efforts to solve hunger. It’s called the Montgomery Food Share. Montgomery residents are asked to make food donations once a month. Volunteers collect the donations, which they in turn deliver  to us.

montgomery-food-share-1“The Freestore Foodbank has the distribution capacity that is crucial to reach as many people in need as possible,” said Wendy. “Our efforts can be maximized, and the product can benefit even the most rural communities.”

The first Montgomery Share pickup in 2013 generated 721 meals for our efforts. Today, the initiative has grown to generate, on average 4,167 meals a month.

“The program has been successful beyond my wildest dreams. I hope that we can keep growing.” 

The Montgomery Food Share was recently highlighted in the Community Press. You can read the article here. To learn more about the Montgomery Food Share, please click here.

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His Second Act Provides Second Chances For Others

Mediaon November 9th, 2016Comments Off on His Second Act Provides Second Chances For Others

Mike is a man of many talents: professional accordion player, photographer, educator, and guidance counselor.

When he retired in 2005 he decided to cultivate a new talent: cooking.mike-van-oflen-1

“I’m Italian. Everyone in my family cooks. I’ve always enjoyed it so I thought, why not learn how to really cook.”

Mike enrolled in Cincinnati State’s culinary program, taking every class he could while also teaching in the humanities department. He graduated in 2009, but didn’t want to work in a restaurant or on weekends so he was unsure how he would apply his skills.

That autumn, he was invited to attend a dinner a friend had won at Freestore Foodbank’s Taste of the NFL event. That’s where he learned about Cincinnati COOKS! and found a place where he could continue to practice his cooking skills while also making a difference in the lives of his students.

Mike quickly became a volunteer and critical member of the COOKS! instructional staff, teaching baking but also preparation classes for the ServSafe exam and soft skills.

“There are a lot of job training programs out there, but not many of them provide the resume help and other skills that Cincinnati COOKS! does.”

mike-van-oflen-3Mike is particularly concerned about the opportunities available to single mothers.

“I saw it as a guidance counselor and even more in COOKS! A girl gets pregnant, doesn’t graduate, can’t go to school or get a good job because of child care, and is stuck. These women deserve a fair shake.”

Mike also financially supports the Freestore Foodbank’s programs because he wants to ensure his neighbors in need, including women, get the skills they need to build a better life for themselves and their children.  And, to ensure that his support continues well into the future, Mike has made the Freestore Foodbank a beneficiary in his estate plan.

Duane’s Story

Mediaon November 3rd, 2016Comments Off on Duane’s Story

Duane is the youngest of six kids and grew up in a single parent household. He was a “troublesome child” and hadphoto-duane run-ins with the law at a young age, including a juvenile arrest before he turned 13.

From petty crimes like vandalism and trespassing, Duane moved on to car theft and burglary. “They say the small things can lead to bigger problems, and looking back, I can say that for me it really did.”

Duane worked through temp services in construction, day labor, warehouses, and manufacturing, and for longer periods as a dishwasher or busboy at restaurants and in the fast food industry. He met his partner in 2006 and started a family, welcoming a daughter in 2008 and a son in 2010.

Just prior to the birth of their son, Duane enrolled in Cincinnati State’s culinary program. His brother had graduated from the program and shared his love of cooking with Duane.  Unfortunately, his inconsistent employment combined with the loss of his partner’s income due to her pregnancy led to the family facing eviction. Desperate for cash to pay the rent, he got involved with stealing copper from vacant buildings and selling it for scrap.

Duane was arrested and convicted of breaking and entering. He served five years, counting every day of his sentence and resolved to build a stable, crime-free life for his family on his release.

While completing his post-incarceration monitoring, Duane heard about Cincinnati COOKS! from friends. He wanted to complete his culinary training so he applied and enrolled. While attending classes, he continued to work for a temp service and provide for his family.

Duane appreciates the acceptance he received from COOKS! staff and his classmates, but he is worried about how his record will impact his ability to get employment.

“All I need is one person to let me into the kitchen and show them what I can do. I will wash dishes for that chance.”

His experience at COOKS! has taught him how to work with different types of people. Duane loves the precision of prep work and his skills in that area are exceptional. But he admits that he still has room to grow on his presentation skills.

Duane’s mother wasn’t able to attend his graduation due to an illness requiring a hospital stay, but she was there in spirit and he visited her to show off his chef hat and coat. “She told me she was proud of me. I haven’t heard her say that since I graduated from junior high.”

He hopes to enroll in Second Course and continue to pursue a career that will provide stability and a better life for him and his family.

The Volunteer Connection November 2016

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

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Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Food Distribution

20151123_131954This event takes place at the Customer Connection Center the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.  The Christmas Food Distribution is scheduled for the Wednesday and Thursday before Christmas Eve.

Up to 100 volunteers are needed per shift to complete various tasks which enable the Freestore Foodbank to distribute holiday meals to more than 36,000 people.

Minimum Age Requirement:  Volunteers must be 10 years of age or older.  This is a safety issue and is not negotiable. Volunteers who are 10-15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to serve. Volunteers, 16-17 years old, may serve without accompaniment.

There are a limited number of spaces still available for Thanksgiving.  I Want to Volunteer at Holiday Operations

Holiday Operations will run regardless of weather conditions.


Adopt – A – Family: Gift Wrapping and Distribution
Come help us bring good cheer to some of the families that we serve at our Customer Connection Center. We are looking for volunteers to help us prep and distribute gifts to the families participating in our Adopt-a-Family program. I Want to be an Adopt-A-Family Volunteer

Help Check-Out Hunger
The campaign will begin on November 14 and run until January 3, 2017. Volunteers are needed to “adopt” a store and assist with ensuring that placards and tear coupons are available to customers throughout the campaign. Volunteers are asked to visit their adopted store once or twice a week and replenish and/or replace placards and coupons as needed. You will receive seven hours of community service for volunteering. This is a flexible volunteer activity and can be done on your own time. It’s a great way to get your family involved even with a full work or school schedule. I Want to be a Check-Out Hunger Volunteer

Double Your Dollars Day
On Wednesday, November 16 we will kick-off the holiday season with our Fifth Annual Double Your Dollars Day campaign. Every dollar donated to the Freestore Foodbank that day will be matched, thanks to gifts from our partners to help feed twice as many Tri-State children and families. Volunteers are needed to help answer phones and complete payment forms at our phone bank located at our Jeff and Darlene Anderson Family Building located on Central Parkway. Shift times are in two-and-a- half hour increments. I Want to Volunteer at Double Your Dollars Day

Local 12 News will provide coverage throughout the day. We hope that you can join us!


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

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

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Alpha Kappa Alpha
CH2M
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Corinthian Baptist Church
Enterprise Fleet Management
Executive Jet Management – Leber
Fifth Third
Fusion Alliance
General Electric
Glen Este High School
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Groupon
Kroger
La Salle High School
Madeira Freshman Girl Scouts
Marsh and McLennan
New Life Temple Church
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
P & G
PNC-Wrona
Redeemer Church
Smithfield
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
St. Xavier School
The Gathering
Turner Construction
UC Delta Sigma Pi
University of Cincinnati
Vantiv
Western Southern Financial
Whitewave Foods
Wise Temple

Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

40 under 40
Baerlocher
Clark Schaefer Hackett
Dynegy
Girl Scouts
Interact for Health
La Salle High School
Mondelez
Nestle
P & G
UPS
Wyoming High School

Food Room (Liberty Street)

Bottom Line Systems
E&J Gallo Winery
Equipment Depot
Humana
Indian Hill Church
Michelman


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.

Fall 2016 All Staff Meeting

Mediaon October 24th, 2016Comments Off on Fall 2016 All Staff Meeting