VOLUNTEER

Help Us Turn Hunger
Into Hope in 2019

16th Annual Hunger Walk 5K Walk and Run

Hunger Walk is a 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Freestore Foodbank to benefit our network of over 511 community partners: soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and community centers. Each step made at the event directly impacts the lives of our hungry neighbors in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Indiana.

Volunteers are needed to help “run” the event. Strap up your shoe laces and assist us with running the actual event on Monday, May 27th at the Sing the Queen City sign at the Banks downtown Cincinnati! Check out the opportunities at Hunger Walk Volunteer. Signing up is easy! First create your profile and then sign up for a task. There are volunteer activities during the entire holiday weekend on Saturday and Sunday too. We hope to see you there!!

If you would like to actually walk or run the 5K, we’d love for you to join the Freestore Volunteer Team.   Just follow this link to register today!  Freestore Volunteer Team Registration

If you aren’t available to join us in person, you can always join us in spirit by making a donation to this cause via Freestore Volunteer Team Registration. Your contribution will help neighbors who receive food from the Customer Connection Center’s Liberty Street Market.

Please join us in being a champion in this fight by registering to volunteer, walk or run and/or by supporting our efforts with a tax-deductible donation. Our goal is to raise at least $5,000 just from our volunteer team alone to help our Liberty Street Market.  Won’t you join us?  

A NEW PILOT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!

Pop Up Pantry

Location: 6555 Nicholas Street, Florence, KY 41042.

We are partnering with the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) to ensure our neighbors in Boone County have an easier access to food! Pop Up Pantry allows volunteers to work directly with the people in Boone County and to see the face of hunger. Our Pop Up Pantry typically serves up to 100 households each time it’s open – be prepared to work hard and smile a lot!

Volunteers are needed to assist with the setup and cleanup of the Pop Up Pantry, organize and stock tables with food and other non-food items and provide excellent customer service. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer for this activity. First date is May 17the from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   Call today to register: 513-482-7550.

Ongoing Volunteer Activities + A few new twists!

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

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!

If you helped with our Power Pack assembly you will love the summer food boxes! These boxes provide children in our rural communities nutritious meals for an entire week during the summer months. We need at least 40 people each shift in June and July!

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!

Date Nights at the DC in June

Thursday Evenings in June: June 6th, 13th, and 20th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Looking for a new way to connect with your special someone? Whether you just met or are looking for a new way to connect with your favorite person, Date Nights at the DC could be perfect for you. Couples are invited to volunteer with us as we work together to build summer feeding boxes for children. Get to know that special someone while lending a hand. No experience necessary! Sign up today!

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!


The Giving Fields 
Located at 101 Anderson Lane, Melbourne, KY 41059

The Giving Fields is our community farm located in Melbourne, Kentucky – approximately five minutes from NKU. We plant, maintain and harvest fresh produce for our 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. Projects include planting, weeding, simple landscaping and once the crops grow…harvesting. Many hands make the work light. Come get dirty with us and feed our neighbors in Northern Kentucky.

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. 


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.


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


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.


ALL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY LISTED REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION!

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.

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

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Bellevue High School

Bobbie B. Fairfax School

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Public Schools

Deer Park High School

Delta

Elever Design Group

Fern

Fifth Third Bank

General Electric

General Mills

Girl Scouts

Harvard Club of Cincinnati

Hillman Group

Igleshia Ni Cristo

Ken Anderson Alliance

Kiwanis – Cincinnati

Kiwanis – Greenhills/Forest Park

Lenox Wealth Management

Paycor

Pep Promotions

PepsiCo.

Redeemer Church

Scarlet Oaks High School

St. Antoninus Parish and School

St. Margaret Knights of Columbus

St. Xavier High School

The Gathering at Northern Hills

The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Greater Cincinnati

Three Rivers School District

Total Quality Logistics

Tri-State Freethinkers

Turner Construction

University of Cincinnati

Upward Bound – UC Clermont College

VT Seva

Western Southern Financial

World Pay

Zumbiel Packing Company

Giving Fields

Cincinnati Waldorf School

Wise Temple

Liberty Street Market

Ameritas

CDK Global, LLC

Collective Visions, LLC

Easter Seals Tristate

Engine Group

Fifth Third Bank

First Financial Bank

General Electric

Kroger

Margaret B. Rost School

Mariemont Schools

Procter and Gamble

Schindler Elevator

University of Cincinnati

US Bank

Viaquest