The Freestore Foodbank team is comprised of more than 100 employees working together to solve hunger. With one in seven neighbors in our Tri-State area at at risk of hunger, we are dedicated to addressing the need. We provide 33 million meals each year in 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

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Every day, we are working to reduce hunger in the Tri-State area. We couldn’t do it without the tremendous support of more than 10,000 volunteers and our network of 511 community partner agencies. This includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, program sites, senior centers and daycare facilities.

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The Freestore Foodbank began in 1971. Its early beginnings come with a story – a man with a heart to help others. Frank Gerson, a worker at Cincinnati’s incinerator, saw useable household items being tossed away. He began collecting those items and distributing them to disadvantaged families.

Gerson named his practice the Free Store. He incorporated it as a public charity, quit his job, and opened for business in his apartment. In 1979, the Free Store became a founding member of Feeding America, evolving into the Freestore Foodbank, and began distributing food to our hungry neighbors. Today the Freestore Foodbank is one of over 200 food banks within the Feeding America network serving communities across the nation. It’s all thanks to a man with a heart to help others.

Kurt Reiber President/CEO kreiber@freestorefoodbank.org (513) 482-3737 Education: BS Finance & Economics, Baldwin-Wallace College, M Business Administration, University of Toledo With the Freestore Foodbank since 2011Now under the leadership of Kurt Reiber, the Freestore Foodbank is one of Ohio’s largest food banks, distributing 33 million meals annually through a network of 511 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This includes food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, program sites, senior centers and daycare facilities.

Become more familiar with Kurt and our team working each day to help fight hunger and bring hope to those who need it most. Our Board of Directors is leading the way for us to find innovative ways to be self-sustaining in today’s economy.

Today the Freestore Foodbank is one of over 200 food banks within the Feeding America network serving communities across the nation.

About Freestore Foodbank:
The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider to children and families in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The organization distributes 33 million meals annually to low-income individuals and families. The Freestore Foodbank supports 511 community partners in 20 counties throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, including food kitchens, homeless shelters, emergency food pantries, social service centers and program sites. By providing emergency food distribution, the Freestore Foodbank responds to the issue of poverty and food insecurity in our community and provides an array of services (emergency clothing, housing services, SNAP assistance, Medicaid outreach and others) aimed at creating self-reliance. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America.

Our Mission, Vision and Objectives
Freestore Foodbank’s mission is to improve lives by eliminating hunger in partnership with our community, and our vision is to create a hunger-free, healthy, and thriving community. To achieve this vision, our objectives are to provide nutritious food, connect to support services and offering a pathway from crisis to stability.

Addressing a Vital Need
Freestore Foodbank provides nearly 33 million meals to hungry children and families each year to help address a vital need in our local communities. We sure couldn’t do it alone!

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Working Together to Fight Hunger
Our member network of community partners spread across 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana help us to distribute food to our hungry neighbors. Together, we fight hunger and help bring hope to those who need it most.

Who Are Our Community Partners?
Emergency feeding organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, community centers, program sites, senior centers and daycare facilities are working with Freestore Foodbank to help give hope to those who need it most.

How It Works
Supporting our partners and collaborating to strengthen communities is part of Freestore Foodbank’s commitment.

Training workshops at the Leadership Institute and Capacity Development Center are one way Freestore Foodbank helps its partner agencies build capacity. The workshops cover an array of topics including: fundraising, finances, staff/volunteer management and more. We foster and support coalitions, as well as the sharing of resources and best practices across our partner network.

Got Questions?
We’ve got answers! Michael Truitt would be happy to answer any additional questions you have about our community partner agencies by email or by phone 513-482-4525.

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A Career at the Freestore Foodbank
At the Freestore Foodbank, we are committed to those we serve in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. We encourage our employees to embody our mission, vision and values while upholding the highest standards of community service. We encourage a healthy level of personal and professional time, and offer wellness programs to assist our employees in maintaining a work/life balance. Our diverse and dedicated staff includes over 100 full-time employees who come from many different areas of our region and all walks of life. We respect and cultivate our many differences, but find unity in our work at the Freestore Foodbank, “to be the leader of a community mobilized to end hunger and address its causes.” Being a part of the Freestore Foodbank team can include positions in any of the following divisions…

AdministrationCustomer ConnectionsFoodbank
BenefitsHealth & Wellness ProgramInternal Training and Development

The Freestore Foodbank is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which include the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1995, and other applicable employment laws, and will not unlawfully discriminate because of age, color, disability, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, or sex in any term, condition, privilege or employment policies and practices.


Valarie S. Boykins – Vice President of Talent Management & Recruitment
VBoykins@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-7297

Education: Valarie joined Freestore Foodbank in the spring of 2017 after eleven years with TriHealth, most recently as the director of Human Resources/Employment-Talent Acquisition. Her experience includes over 25 years in the areas of executive coaching, team building, workforce development and community relations experience, including as Human Resources Manager, Manager of Diverse Workforce, and Employee and Labor Relations Consultant for the University Hospital/Health Alliance. Valarie earned her BS from the College of Mount Saint Joseph.


Trisha Rayner – VP of External AffairsTrisha Rayner – VP & Chief Development Officer
trayner@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-7539
Mobile: (859) 229-2977

Education: Human Resources Certificate Program, Loyola Marymount University, Master of Arts Public Policy and Management, The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts Human Ecology, The Ohio State University.

Job Duties: Develop strategies and organize and direct all ongoing work and special projects for fundraising, communications, advocacy, volunteer services and public relations. With the Freestore Foodbank since January 2017.



Tim Weidner – CFOTim Weidner – VP & Chief Financial Officer
tweidner@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-7530

Education: MBA, Xavier University
Job Duties: Oversees Finance and Budgets. With the Freestore Foodbank since 2001

What does the Freestore motto, Food-Connection-Hope mean to you?
“It means our goal is much more than just putting food in people’s stomach. It is about changing lives.”



Kurt Reiber President/CEOKurt Reiber – President/CEO
kreiber@freestorefoodbank.org
(513) 482-3737

Education: BS Finance & Economics, Baldwin-Wallace College, M Business Administration, University of Toledo. With the Freestore Foodbank since 2011

What does the Freestore motto, Food-Connection-Hope mean to you?
I believe that we, the staff, the donors and the volunteers of the Freestore Foodbank, are the “connection” that enables our clients to secure “food” which provides them with “hope”. By helping our clients make this “connection” we help them achieve “self-reliance” during these times in their lives when their need is greatest.

OFFICERS

RamonRamon Rodriguez – Board Chair, Fifth Third Private Bank
“I view hunger, especially childhood hunger, as completely unacceptable especially in a country as bountiful and as blessed as ours. The Freestore not only works to feed those in need, but beyond looks to lend a hand towards lifting up these families and in doing so breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger. I can think of no best mission to personally engage in!”

Warren WeberWarren Weber, – Board Chair-Elect, PNC Bank
Rich Boehne, chairman of the board, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, introduced me to the Freestore Foodbank and I continue to be inspired through helping our hungry neighbors.”

Tom Kirkwood

Tom Kirkwood, Vice Chair Development, Thompson Hine LLP
“I wanted to get involved with an organization dedicated to helping people. After doing some research, I knew that the Freestore Foodbank is where I wanted to focus my attention. The more I have learned about hunger in our community, the more passionate I have become about giving back. On top of my Board involvement, I now regularly serve as a volunteer at the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center, a partner food pantry of the Freestore Foodbank.

Julie McGeheeJulie McGeheeVice Chair Governance and Trusteeship, The E.W. Scripps Company
“The Freestore Foodbank, whose mission is to provide food and services, create stability and further self-reliance for people in crisis, speaks to me and touches my soul. The services the Freestore offer