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School Pantries

In many tristate communities, a large percentage of students rely on free and reduced meals at school, and the absence of these meals, at night, over the weekend, and during holiday and summer, puts enormous strain on local families. School Pantries were designed to provide permanent on-site food assistance at [...]

Kids Cafe

Kids Cafe is a federal program operated through Freestore Foodbank which provides free, complete & nutritious meals to children at the end of the school day so that they aren’t going hungry in the evenings. Kids Cafe provides hot meals each week to 20 after-school sites in Hamilton County, Ohio [...]

Clinic Pantries

The Rubber Duck FAMILY (Food as Medicine in Low-Income Youth) Market is a pilot initiative of Freestore Foodbank and Hopple Street Neighborhood Health Center of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with support from the Bob Edwards Fund. As part of their visit, each patient is screened for food insecurity. [...]

Produce Pop Ups

According to the USDA, half of every meal you eat should be made up of fruits and vegetables. However, many families have a difficult time easily accessing fresh fruits and vegetables. Freestore Foodbank is working to change this. Produce Pop Ups bring a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, along [...]

KIND Program

In January 2011, Freestore Foodbank and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Primary Care Clinic launched Keeping Infants Nourished and Developing – also known as the KIND program. Since then, the program has expanded to 10 clinics within 4 health care systems. The program is in response to alarming data [...]

Summer Meals

The Summer Meals Summer Food Service Program gives 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! Childhood hunger is a reality and it exists in our own neighborhoods. Over [...]

Power Pack

Each Friday during the school year, Freestore Foodbank sends packs of food, known as Power Packs, home with students to ensure they have something to eat on weekends. Each Power Pack contains over a dozen food items, which are shelf-stable and kid-friendly. We think it’s important to provide children with [...]

The Giving Fields

The Giving Fields provides a unique and beautiful green space for volunteers to get their hands dirty while participating in the hard work that it takes to grow & provide nutritious food. Groups can receive education on seasonal planting, managing food waste through composting, nutrition of farm fresh produce, and [...]

VA Clinic

Throughout its first year, the mobile pantry was organized in the hospital auditorium once a month. Patients who were identified as needing help by the medical staff were invited to visit the pantry. The goal was to reach as many individuals as possible, provide nutrition to those who truly needed [...]