Freestore Foodbank - Donate Cincinnati http://freestorefoodbank.org Food | Connection | Hope Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:28:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thanks To Our Great Volunteers http://freestorefoodbank.org/thanks-to-our-great-volunteers/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/thanks-to-our-great-volunteers/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:01:23 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=11051 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

It’s National Volunteer Week and we truly appreciate the 8,100 volunteers who donate their time to our efforts each year. Every day, we are working together to reduce hunger in the Tri-State area. If you are interested in volunteering, you can help in many ways. Together, we can solve hunger.

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nations-volunteer-weekIt’s National Volunteer Week and we truly appreciate the 8,100 volunteers who donate their time to our efforts each year. Every day, we are working together to reduce hunger in the Tri-State area. If you are interested in volunteering, you can help in many ways. Together, we can solve hunger.

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Support Community Food Pantry through Hunger Walk & 5K Run http://freestorefoodbank.org/support-community-food-pantry-through-hunger-walk-5k-run-3/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/support-community-food-pantry-through-hunger-walk-5k-run-3/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:17:00 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=11034 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

Hunger 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 medication. The Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry, located at 7717 Harrison Avenue, is working to address the need in the 45231 zip code including the city […]

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Mt. Healthy Alliance Hunger WalkHunger 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 medication. The Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry, located at 7717 Harrison Avenue, is working to address the need in the 45231 zip code including the city of Mt. Healthy and parts of North College Hill, Colerain and Springfield Townships. The pantry serves nearly 18,000 people annually.

“Many of the people that we serve are the working poor,” said Kathy Lorenz, Director of the Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry. “Some have recently lost jobs and are having trouble paying their bills. They need temporary assistance as they get back on their feet.”

You can help support the Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry’s efforts through the Freestore Foodbank’s 12th Annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run presented by Kraft Foods. The event, taking place at 9:00 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at Yeatman’s Cove, helps support the Freestore Foodbank’s network of 260 community partner agencies located in 20 counties throughout Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Partner agencies form teams and raise money through pledges of support from their community. Early registration (by Tuesday, May 12) is a $20 entry fee + t-shirt or $15 entry fee. Late registration (after Tuesday, May 12) is a $25 entry fee + t-shirt or $20 entry fee.

“Our budget is tight. The downturn of the economy impacted donations. The support we receive through Hunger Walk provides us with extra funds to buy food for our hungry neighbors.”

The Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry has a goal to raise $3,000 through Hunger Walk this year, the equivalent of 9,000 meals. To join the Mt. Healthy Alliance Food Pantry’s Hunger Walk team or to donate to its efforts, call (513) 482-7546 or visit www.cincinnatihungerwalk.org. Online registration is open until 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 22.

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Stamp Out Hunger Saturday, May 9 http://freestorefoodbank.org/stamp-out-hunger-saturday-may-9/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/stamp-out-hunger-saturday-may-9/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:39:49 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=10970 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

Be a part of the country’s largest single-day food drive and help us Stamp Out Hunger. It’s a simple way to give back. Simply leave a sturdy bag of food donations next to your mailbox prior to regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 9. Your letter carrier will do the rest, picking up your donations […]

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Stamp Out Hunger Saturday, May 9Be a part of the country’s largest single-day food drive and help us Stamp Out Hunger. It’s a simple way to give back. Simply leave a sturdy bag of food donations next to your mailbox prior to regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 9. Your letter carrier will do the rest, picking up your donations and delivering them to the Freestore Foodbank and some of its community partner agencies. To learn more…Click Here.

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Stamp Out Hunger Saturday, May 9, 2015 http://freestorefoodbank.org/stamp-out-hunger-saturday-may-9-2015/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/stamp-out-hunger-saturday-may-9-2015/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:22:10 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=10967 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

Stamp Out Hunger Help us Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 9! It’s easy! Search through your cupboards or pick up some non-perishable food items during your next trip to the grocery store. Some of our most needed food items include peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, cereals, canned soups, macaroni and cheese, and canned […]

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SOHStamp Out Hunger
Help us Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 9!

It’s easy!
Search through your cupboards or pick up some non-perishable food items during your next trip to the grocery store. Some of our most needed food items include peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, cereals, canned soups, macaroni and cheese, and canned meat products such as tuna, chicken, spaghetti and meat balls and beef stew.

Place your food donations in a sturdy bag and leave it next to your mailbox prior to regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 9.

Your letter carrier will kindly pick up your donation while delivering the mail, then bring it to the Freestore Foodbank and some of our community partner agencies to help our hungry neighbors.

We put together this little video to show you just how easy it is to join the letter carriers in helping to make a difference:

Be a part of something big!
Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. 23 years in the making, it has collected more than 1.3 billion pounds of food nationally.

Last year, local letter carriers collected enough food donations to provide 116,000 meals to our hungry neighbors.

Please join the letter carriers on Saturday, May 9 in trying to make an even bigger impact this year! Thank you in advance for your generosity. Together we can solve hunger.

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The Volunteer Connection April 2015 http://freestorefoodbank.org/the-volunteer-connection-april-2015/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/the-volunteer-connection-april-2015/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:18:18 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=10911 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

Produce to Plant, Maintain, and Harvest: The Giving Fields Now that the snow has melted and temperatures are rising, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the work of the Giving Fields in 2014 and invite everyone to join us for the 2015 growing season.  Last year with the support […]

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Produce to Plant, Maintain, and Harvest:

The Giving Fields
Now that the snow has melted and temperatures are rising, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the work of the Giving Fields in 2014 and invite everyone to join us for the 2015 growing season.  Last year with the support of our volunteers, we were able to provide produce for 117,000 meals which benefited a dozen of the Freestore Foodbank community partner agencies in Northern Kentucky.

Without volunteers from local businesses, corporate partners, civic groups, churches and soup kitchens, the Freestore Foodbank would not be able to support the day-to-day operations of the farm from planting to cultivating to harvesting.  On the farm, you’re never too young or too old to work in the dirt and help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need! Your heart and hands make this farm possible and we are grateful for all that you do. To schedule a volunteer session, please contact Volunteer Services at 513-482-7550 or volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org.

 


 

Meet the New Faces of the Volunteer Services Team:

Sara Steinkamp – Volunteer Coordinator
Sara is excited to be leading our volunteer efforts at the Distribution Center. She will be working with the groups and individuals who come to sort food and help with food packing projects such as Power Packs. Sara will be leading all of volunteer efforts at the DC and is excited to meet our community partners and friends of the Freestore who work together to solve hunger.

 

Angie Thompson – Volunteer Scheduler
Next time you call the Volunteer Service Department, say hello to Angie Thompson! She is the new voice behind all volunteer inquiries as she schedules groups to volunteer with us. She will be the contact person for all team leaders as they navigate our volunteer registration process. Her office is located at the Customer Connection Center on Liberty Street.

 


 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Stamp Out Hunger – Let’s Sort it Out
The Letter Carriers’ Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place on Saturday, May 9 and volunteers are needed to help sort the food they will be donating to the Freestore Foodbank. This our largest food drive of the year and it will take many volunteers to help sort through the generous donation.  To schedule a volunteer session for your group at the Distribution Center, please contact Volunteer Services at 513-482-7550 or volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org.  Many hands will be needed to complete this project!

 

Hunger Walk – Walk it out for Hunger
Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) – Yeatman’s Cove
Not interested in walking the 5k? How about helping us “run” it instead? We need volunteers to help us “run” the behind the scenes of this Hunger Walk. We have volunteer opportunities throughout the entire weekend and on Memorial Day itself. There are lots of activities choose. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities, please contact Tawanda Rollins at trollins@freestorefoodbank.org or 513-482-7557.

 

Looking for a weekday activity that can make a huge difference in someone’s life? Check out the Volunteer Opportunities at http://freestorefoodbank.org/volunteer-opportunities/

 


 

We are looking for people in the following areas:

• Back on Track Assistant
• Receptionist/Greeter (Liberty Street location)
• Distribution Center Volunteer Team Leaders
(flexible: Tuesdays – Saturdays)

 

 

 

Other Opportunties

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Donations of canned goods are needed all year around, not just at the holidays! If you would like to organize a canned food drive, please contact Bob Barnes at 513-482-4517.

Do you need a speaker for your event? Members of FSFB Speakers’ Bureau are available for team meetings, staff retreats, conferences, etc. For more information contact Jill Cooper at 513-482-4511 or jillcooper@freestorefoodbank.org

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Freestore Foodbank team? Please click here for our current employment opportunities.

 


A New Initiative: FeedingWorks – Transformational Teambuilding
The Freestore Foodbank has launched a new social enterprise. FeedingWorks is geared towards work groups that need to strengthen their teams.

Highlights of the program:

  • 3-4 hour high energy session
  • Teams work together to make an immediate difference on hunger in Greater Cincinnati
  • The session will help to provide insight on how the team is working together more effectively; including strengths and blind spots
  • Improve communication, encouragement and conflict management skills
  • Customized to meet your team’s specific needs
  • Combines leadership and team development
  • Furthers the mission of Freestore Foodbank by feeding hungry children in the community

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

 


The following groups volunteered with us in March 2015. We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

 

Food Room (Liberty Street)

CMS Insurance
Seton High School
Turner Construction
University of Colorado (Coalition for the Homeless)

 

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Children’s Hospital
Christ the King Church
Church of the Redeemer
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Courtyard Marriott
DTZ
Fifth Third
Ft. Washington Investment Advisors
General Electric
Givaudan
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Kappa Psi Beta Phi
Lambda Chi Alpha
Lawrenceville Church of God
Macy’s
Messer Construction
Moeller High School
P&G
Seton High School
St. Xavier High School
StoneRiver, Inc.
Student Nights
Turner Construction
Vantiv
Western and Southern
Wise Temple

 

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Meet the Faces of the Freestore Foodbank – Volunteer Keith Zook http://freestorefoodbank.org/meet-the-faces-of-the-freestore-foodbank-volunteer-keith-zook/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/meet-the-faces-of-the-freestore-foodbank-volunteer-keith-zook/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:18:37 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=10894 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

After a long and successful career, Keith Zook has found a new purpose and meaning through volunteer efforts. Keith first interviewed for a job with P&G more than three decades ago. He served in various capacities throughout his career. Before retiring several years ago, Keith managed P&G’s Worldwide Product Donation and Emergency Response efforts. In […]

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Keith ZookAfter a long and successful career, Keith Zook has found a new purpose and meaning through volunteer efforts.

Keith first interviewed for a job with P&G more than three decades ago. He served in various capacities throughout his career. Before retiring several years ago, Keith managed P&G’s Worldwide Product Donation and Emergency Response efforts. In this capacity, Keith had his first exposure to food banks, ultimately connecting with the Freestore Foodbank through Feeding America. Keith first learned of the Cincinnati COOKS! program from his good friends, Fred and Amy Diamond, early supporters of the Freestore Foodbank initiative when it first began in 2001.

Keith has always enjoyed cooking, especially with his wife Debbie who is also an excellent cook. On retirement, Keith took the opportunity to earn a culinary certificate from Cincinnati State, with a focus on baking. “Baking appeals to me, because it is very scientific and precise,” he says. The experience at Cincinnati State broadened his horizons, and Keith loves making his own stocks, pretzel buns and macaroons.

Keith regularly volunteers these days, working with the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen as well as the Freestore Foodbank’s Cincinnati COOKS! program. At COOKS! Keith oversees a hands-on three-hour baking instruction session with the students weekly.

“I’ve watched the students prepare thousands of meals for the community,” he says. “They are involved in every aspect of the operation, and are committed to quality work. The instructors and students have taught me a lot about communication, patience and life in general.”

Keith had the opportunity recently to attend a COOKS! graduation ceremony. “Seeing the results of their accomplishment,” he says, “and the families pride, joy and support of the students is incredible and very meaningful to me.”

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Tomorrow’s Harvest Society Members http://freestorefoodbank.org/tomorrows-harvest-society-members/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/tomorrows-harvest-society-members/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:57:30 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=10855 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

Making an Impact: Today and Tomorrow John and Debbie Heuer were introduced to the Freestore Foodbank by a very special man, the late Bob Edwards founder and former chair of the Rubber Duck Regatta. His passion was contagious and they soon became invested supporters. Bob introduced John and Debbie to the Freestore Foodbank but the […]

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John and Debbie HeuerMaking an Impact: Today and Tomorrow

John and Debbie Heuer were introduced to the Freestore Foodbank by a very special man, the late Bob Edwards founder and former chair of the Rubber Duck Regatta. His passion was contagious and they soon became invested supporters.

Bob introduced John and Debbie to the Freestore Foodbank but the mission continued to speak to them on a personal level.

“Our belief is that people should have their basic needs met: food, shelter and clothing. To us, not having that is a horrible thing. That is one of the reasons we chose to support the Freestore Foodbank.”

John and Debbie have supported the Freestore Foodbank for about ten years, but two years ago decided to make the organization part of their estate plans. They are dedicated to helping meet the immediate needs but also want to ensure the Freestore Foodbank can continue fighting hunger and poverty for years to come.

Debbie always says “For those who are given much, much is required.” The Heuers have taken that message to heart and put it to action. We are grateful for such dedicated supporters.

 


Tom and Kathy KahleCreating a Legacy

Leadership is the gift of sacrifice for the benefit of another, and legacy is the inheritance you create for those who follow. Legacy leadership is possible when you operate outside of comfort, pushing yourself toward dreams that are bigger. Tom and Kathy Kahle embody that commitment and have been authentic and intentional while creating their legacy.

Growing up in Toledo, Tom’s home was open to anyone who needed a meal. His mother would always feed people and there was always an extra plate at the table with plenty of food to go around. Tom recalls how his mother used food to make a connection to their neighbors in need, and he saw the hope in their eyes as they shared a meal. Modeling his mother’s sense of connecting with others, Tom has always believed that food is a basic need and without it people can’t work and kids can’t learn. There is no circumstance or action that justifies hunger. Simply put . . . Hunger is Unacceptable!

Cincinnati has been good to the Kahle family and now that their children are established, Tom and Kathy would like to give back to the community that they have called home. Their children understand the importance for their parents to make gifts through their estate so that they will continue to support organizations that they have been connected to in our community. Tom said, “When Kathy and I decided that we wanted to do something meaningful and positive as our legacy, we talked about what had shaped our lives and how important a charitable gift would be to an organization. We chose charities that have impacted our lives and are consistent and reflective of the values that we strongly believe in. The Freestore Foodbank has made a tremendous impact in the community, is administratively efficient, always has been an outstanding performer and our belief is that everyone should be free of hunger. Those are true motivators for us and that is why we believe in the Freestore Foodbank.”

Tom and Kathy’s legacy will enable their commitment to our community to live on through the great work of the Freestore Foodbank, so that our neighbors in need will continue to receive the Food – Connection – Hope and move towards self-reliance.

 

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

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

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Ensuring Kids Don’t Go Hungry After School http://freestorefoodbank.org/ensuring-kids-dont-go-hungry-after-school/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/ensuring-kids-dont-go-hungry-after-school/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:32:51 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=10787 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

Every day, nearly 100,000 kids in our Tri-State area may not know from where their next meal is coming. Hungry children come to school at a disadvantage to learn, perform and focus in class. Together, we’re providing free, nutritious meals to children at the end of the school day so that they aren’t going hungry […]

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Kids CafeEvery day, nearly 100,000 kids in our Tri-State area may not know from where their next meal is coming. Hungry children come to school at a disadvantage to learn, perform and focus in class. Together, we’re providing free, nutritious meals to children at the end of the school day so that they aren’t going hungry in the evenings. To learn more about our Kids Cafe program…Click here.

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Join the Freestore Foodbank in the fight against childhood hunger. Check-Out Power Pack at your neighborhood Kroger through April 19 and help ensure kids are receiving the proper nutrition they need to succeed. Just look for the donation coupons at the cash register or U-Scan. $5 will feed a child for the weekend.

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Check-Out Power Pack At Your Neighborhood KrogerJoin the Freestore Foodbank in the fight against childhood hunger. Check-Out Power Pack at your neighborhood Kroger through April 19 and help ensure kids are receiving the proper nutrition they need to succeed. Just look for the donation coupons at the cash register or U-Scan. $5 will feed a child for the weekend.

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Power Packs Get A Makeover http://freestorefoodbank.org/power-packs-get-a-make-over/ http://freestorefoodbank.org/power-packs-get-a-make-over/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:26:20 +0000 http://freestorefoodbank.org/?p=10877 http://freestorefoodbank.org/donate

Thanks to the Dater Foundation’s support this past school year, we partnered with 94 schools in Ohio and Kentucky, providing 4,100 Power Packs to students each week in grades K-8. We deliver Power Packs to schools that have 60% or more of their students on free and reduced lunch programs. Learn more about the Power Pack […]

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Power Pack Make OverThanks to the Dater Foundation’s support this past school year, we partnered with 94 schools in Ohio and Kentucky, providing 4,100 Power Packs to students each week in grades K-8. We deliver Power Packs to schools that have 60% or more of their students on free and reduced lunch programs. Learn more about the Power Pack make-over.

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