The Freestore Foodbank hosted its Sixth Annual Power Pack-A-Thon on Martin Luther King Day. Each year, with the help of some energetic volunteers, we set up a Power Pack station in the middle of Fountain Square and assemble Power Packs for kids in need in our community. A Power Pack contains kid-friendly food and is provided to students each Friday during the school year to ensure they have something to eat on weekends. With the help of more than 50 volunteers, we prepared 1,000 Power Packs during this year’s MLK Day event
People from all over came out to volunteer, even a group of Glen Este High School students who spent their day off lending a helping hand. Madison, one of the students who came out to help, said it simply, “we figured we would put our day off of school to good use and help the community while we do it.”
We were also joined by our community partner, Panera Bread. The organization presented us with a $40,000 check during the event to help support our Power Pack program. The donation is made possible by Panera’s 2013 Operation DoughNation® campaign. Panera Bread customers supported the fight against hunger by way of cash donation boxes located at the registers of the 15 bakery-cafes in Hamilton and Clermont Counties and Northern Kentucky.
“We have phenomenal customers and we are very excited to help in any way that we can,” says Melanie Murray, Panera Bread Marketing Manager.
Panera Bread also provided warm beverages to keep our volunteers going during Power Pack-a-Thon .
MLK Day is a time to give back to the community and our volunteers and community partners did just that. We are thankful for their time and efforts.