VOLUNTEER

Help Us Turn Hunger
Into Hope in 2019

All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.

Mayerson Distribution Center
Located at 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Calling those who want to make a difference this spring! Help the young in age and young at heart as we finish up packing Power Packs for the school year. Senior Boxes and Food Storing are next on our busy production schedule for April.

If summer is calling and you are beginning to make your summer vacation plans, remember to include a day or two at the Mayerson Distribution Center!  We will be packing summer meals for kiddos, preparing ducks for the Regatta and everyone is invited!  Make your reservations today!

Regular Warehouse Shifts: Shifts are held Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Distribution Center. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Student 13-18 years old must have parental consent and students 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 

Don’t forget about two Special Volunteer Events for Special Groups!

First Saturdays are Family Saturdays!

Looking for a fun family experience?  Have a couple of hours to give service?  Bring your entire family and help us feed our neighbors.  The warehouse usually has an age restriction of 13 years, but on the first Saturdays of the month, children 8 and older are invited to come with their families to volunteer!  What a great way to serve our community and grow as a family at the same time.  January and February family days were a huge success!  Make sure to register your family before spaces fill up!

Thursday Nights are Student Nights!

Calling all Students (16 and over)! Interested in earning some of your student service hours while having some fun? Reserve your spot and come on out to the Freestore Foodbank’s Mayerson Distribution Center on Thursday nights for Student Nights! Bring some friends and we promise you’ll have a great time helping us solve hunger in our community!  Sign up online.  No Walk Ins please.


The Giving Fields  (scheduling begins March 1st)
Located at 101 Anderson Lane, Melbourne, KY 41059

Spring has sprung and the Giving Fields is getting prepared to open for the season!  The Giving Fields, our community farm located in Melbourne, Kentucky approximately five minutes from NKU, officially opens in later this spring. Plans are in the works for preparing the grounds and planting of the plants and seeds for the first harvest.  All of the fresh produce grown on the farm will be given to partner food pantries and soup kitchens in Northern Kentucky.  This is a great volunteer opportunity for people of all ages. Families with children five years of age and older, high school and college students, as well as individuals and groups are welcome.

Regular Garden Shifts: Shifts are held beginning in May, Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30.  Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Giving Fields. Volunteers must be at least 5 years of age to volunteer. Children 5-17 years old must have written parental consent and students 5-16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Ratio of adult to children must be 1 to 4. 

Week day registration for the season will open on April 22nd


Liberty Street Market (formerly the Food Room on Liberty St)
Located at 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Up to three hundred people depend on the Liberty Street Market daily to provide emergency food for themselves and their families.  Our volunteers sort food, stock shelves, assist customers with their groceries outside of the building and load groceries into shopper’s vehicle in front of the building. Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old (with parental consent) to volunteer at this site.  Help us help our neighbors help themselves!

Liberty Street Market Shifts:  Individuals or groups of 15 or less can schedule a time to volunteer in the Liberty Street Market, Monday through Friday.

Check out this video about the Liberty Street Market: https://youtu.be/JILRvqojr3M


Healthy Harvest Mobile Market
At various locations throughout the community
Want to help bring healthy nutritious produce into the community?  Volunteer on a regular basis with the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market!  We are also in need volunteers once a month for the HHMM Clean Up Crew as well.  Contact Brandon Thomas, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at bthomas@freestorefoodbank.org for more details.


Cincinnati Cooks!/Lift the Tri-State Soft/Life Skills Instructors

Cincinnati Cooks! and Lift the Tri-State, FSFB’s premier workforce development programs, are  looking for a few new facilitators to lead their soft/life skill classes.  Topics of interest include: Interviewing 101, Resume Building/Writing, Customer Service, Diet/Nutrition, Effective Communication/Listening, Time Management, Conflict Resolution, and Anger/Stress Management.  If interested, contact Brandon Thomas, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at bthomas@freestorefoodbank.org for more details.

All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.

Join our Facebook Freestore Foodbank Volunteer Page to view all of our pictures of our exciting volunteers in action in the past few months!

Other Ways to Help

Food and Fund Drives
Donations of canned goods are needed all year around, not just at the holidays! If you
would like to organize a canned food OR fund drive, please contact Bob Barnes at 513-482-4517.


Thank you to the following groups for your support in March 2019!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Berno Financial Management
Bobbie B. Fairfax School
Cengage
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Public Schools
ConstructConnect IT
Dunkin’ Brands
Epiphany United Methodist Church
Family and Friends of Brandy
Fifth Third Bank
General Electric
Gold Star Chili
Greater Cincinnati Dietetic Assoc.
Gwynedd Mercy University
Hillman Group
Hilton Netherland Plaza
Ken Anderson Alliance
Kiwanis – Cincinnati
Kiwanis – Greenhills/Forest Park
Kroger
Lakota High School
Losant
M.C. Logistics, LLC
Macy’s
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Mount St. Joseph University
Nedderman Family
Odyssey of the Mind Friends and Family
Organizations Helping the World
Pep Promotions
Procter and Gamble
Protiviti
Redeemer Church
Regal Power Transmission Solutions
Rockdale Baptist Church
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
St. Xavier High School
Stephen F. Austin State University
Tata Consultancy Services Limited
The Gap
The Gathering at Northern Hills
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Tri-State Freethinkers
Western Southern Financial
Wyoming High School
Wyoming Middle School
Xavier University

Liberty Street Market

Amazon
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Clark Montessori
Dunkin’ Brands
Easter Seals Tristate
Fifth Third Bank
Franciscans for the Poor
General Electric
Graydon, Head, & Ritchey
KLH Engineers
Macy’s
Paycor
The J.M. Smucker Co.
University of Kentucky
Viaquest
Zonar Systems