Childhood hunger is a reality and it exists in our own neighborhoods. More than 94,000 children in our Tri-State area may not know from where their next meal is coming.
How Hunger Impacts Kids
Research shows that hungry children are more likely to be vulnerable to illness, lack focus and energy, and score lower on achievement tests. These children are more likely to suffer from poverty as adults.
Feeding Hungry Children
The Freestore Foodbank has several programs aimed at tackling the issue of childhood hunger and ensuring children are receiving the proper nutrition they need to help them succeed in life.
Ensuring Children Don’t Go Hungry on Weekends
Each Friday during the school year, the Freestore Foodbank sends bags of food, known as Power Packs, home with students to ensure they have something to eat on weekends. Each Power Pack contains nearly a dozen food items, which are shelf-stable and easy to prepare. 5,000 children in more than 100 participating schools receive Power Packs from the Freestore Foodbank each week.
Feeding Kids After School
Kids Cafe is a Freestore Foodbank program providing free, nutritious meals to children at the end of the school day so that they aren’t going hungry in the evenings. Up to 3,750 Kids Cafe meals are served weekly at over a dozen school sites in Hamilton County, Ohio and Campbell County, Kentucky. The meals served at Kids Cafe are prepared by adult students from the Freestore Foodbank’s Cincinnati COOKS! culinary arts job training program.
Providing Food during Summer Months
The Summer Food Service Program gives the Freestore Foodbank the opportunity to serve hungry children during the summer months when they are away from school. Kids ages 1-18 receive nutritious lunches prepared by Cincinnati COOKS! at select locations.
Getting Babies the Nutrition They Need
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Freestore Foodbank are working together to make sure babies are receiving the proper nutrition they need through Keeping Infants Nourished and Developing, or KIND. The program was launched after Cincinnati Children’s uncovered that mothers facing financial hardships were stretching formula by diluting it or feeding their babies less. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital finds food insecurity in babies impacts development and mental health, eventually resulting in behavior problems, poorer psychological function, lower math achievement scores, poorer grades, and higher likelihood of repeating a grade.
Your Dollars Making a Difference
You can make a difference in the fight against childhood hunger. Research shows children receiving a proper diet perform better on tests and are on time and in attendance at school more frequently. When you donate to the Freestore Foodbank, every dollar helps to provide three meals to hungry children and families in the Tri-State area.
As a non-profit, the Freestore Foodbank prides itself in being open and transparent about where our donors’ dollars are going.