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 2016, the Freestore Foodbank provided meals for the Summer Food Service program at the following locations:
- Gallatin County Public Library
- Salvation Army Covington
- Fighting Chance
- Friars Club
- G.L.A.D. House
- Robinson Park
- Salvation Army Citadel
- Shepherd’s Place
“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.”
Making Sure Children Don’t Go Hungry on Weekends
During the school year, the Freestore Foodbank has two other programs addressing childhood hunger. Each Friday during the school year, we send 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 children take part in Kids Cafe weekly, which serves more than a dozen school sites in Hamilton County, Ohio and Campbell County, Kentucky.
The meals served at Kids Cafe are prepared by Cincinnati COOKS!
Your Dollars Making a Difference
You can make a difference in the fight against childhood hunger. 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 children and families in need our Tri-State area.
As a non-profit, the Freestore Foodbank prides itself in being open and transparent about where our donors’ dollars are going.
For more information about the Summer Food Service program, please email Becky Begnoche or call (513) 482-4507.