Honoring the MLK Day of Service with Power Pack-a-Thon
At the Freestore Foodbank, we believe in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy through service. That’s why we created Power Pack-a-Thon, an annual event geared toward helping kids in need in our community.
On Monday, January 16, a great group of volunteers will join us at our Mayerson Distribution Center in Bond Hill to participate in the Ninth Annual Power Pack-a-Thon event. Participants will help us prepare Power Packs, which are packs of nutritious food that are given to grade school students on Fridays to ensure they have something to eat over the weekend.
Addressing a Vital Need
Over 94,000 children living in the 20 counties served by the Freestore Foodbank are at risk of hunger. Research shows that hungry children are more likely to be absent from school, lack focus and energy, and be vulnerable to illness.
Nourishing Bodies and Minds
That’s why Power Packs are such a vital part of the work the Freestore Foodbank does in the community. More than 5,000 children in more than 105 participating schools receive Power Packs from the Freestore Foodbank each week.
Dr. King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” 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. In its ninth year, the event has helped hundreds of volunteers in Cincinnati honor Martin Luther King Day while feeding thousands of Tri-State children.
How You Can Help
While all volunteer slots for the 2017 Power Pack-a-Thon are filled, please consider donating to our Power Pack program. $5 will feed a child for the weekend.