Summer Food Service Program

Summer Food Service Program

Childhood hunger is a reality and it exists in our own neighborhoods. More than 94,000 children living in the 20 counties served by the Freestore Foodbank are food insecure, meaning they aren’t always sure where they will get their next meal.

Providing Food during Summer Months
The Summer Food Service program gives the Freestore Foodbank the opportunity to serve children in need during the summer months when they are away from school. Kids ages 2-18 receive nutritious lunches prepared by Cincinnati COOKS!

“A lot of our kids will get a healthy meal that they otherwise would not receive,” said Makayla, a site coordinator at Salvation Army Citadel. “The kids know that when they arrive for camp they will be fed. That is a weight lifted off their shoulders so they can just focus on having fun.”

Where are the Meals Served?
During summer of 2017, the Freestore Foodbank  provided meals for the Summer Food Service program at the following locations:


  • The Salvation Army Newport
    Start: 6/5/2017 End: 7/28/2017
  • The Salvation Army Covington
    Start: 6/12/2017 End: 8/4/2017


  • YOLO
    Start: 6/12/2017 End: 8/4/2017
  • Glad House
    Start: 6/5/2017 End: 8/11/2017
  • Friars Club
    Start: 6/5/2017 End: 7/28/2017
  • The ExChange*
    Start: 6/6/2017 End: 8/15/2017
  • Salvation Army- Citadel
    Start: 6/12/2017 End: 8/4/2017
  • Empower Youth Felicity*
    Start: 6/6/2017 End: 8/10/2017
  • Empower Youth Batavia*
    Start: 6/6/2017 End: 8/10/2017
  • Empower Youth Williamsburg*
    Start: 6/6/2017 End: 8/10/2017
  • Empower Youth Bethel*
    Start: 6/6/2017 End: 8/10/2017

*Open Sites = Available to anyone.

“Feeding the youth this summer is a great way to provide hope and health to teens who may lack both otherwise,” said Nadine, a site coordinator at Shepherd’s Place. “We want youth to know that they are valuable and that there’s hope for a good future for them and their families.”

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