In partnership with the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin’ donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), Dunkin’ donuts and Baskin-Robbins local franchisees, crewmembers and corporate employees have partnered with the Freestore Foodbank to help fight child hunger in communities throughout Greater Cincinnati. The Freestore Foodbank joins other Feeding America member food banks across the country for the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s third annual National Week of Joy (formerly the Week of Service), taking place October 17-21, 2016 . The Foundation anticipates that over 1,500 Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees across the country will be giving back with their time and/or donation.
This year Freestore Foodbank has expanded Power Packs. These are weekend bags of food assistance for children in grades K-8 who may not know where they will find their next meal. One in five or 21.8% of children in our region struggle to find proper nourishment for healthy development. This program supports more than 100 school sites and 5,000 children each weekend to improve the health and well-being of local students and help decrease childhood hunger. Each bag contains over a dozen nutritious, kid-formulated items to keep students strong and active.
The Joy in Childhood Foundation has been a supporter of Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, since 2007 and partners with local food banks nationwide. This is the third year of a $1 million, three-year grant with Feeding America that supports critical initiatives nationwide to help alleviate childhood hunger. As part of this gift, the Freestore Foodbank received a $5,000 grant for its Power Pack program in 2016. The check presentation took place on October 20, 2016.