Feeding Kids

food_061Childhood Hunger
Childhood hunger is a reality and it exists in neighborhoods across the region. More than 80,000 children in our tristate area may not know from where their next meal is coming.

How Hunger Impacts Kids
Research shows that hungry children are more likely to be vulnerable to illness, lack focus, low energy and score lower on achievement tests. These children are more likely to suffer from poverty as adults.

Feeding Hungry Children
Freestore Foodbank has several programs aimed at tackling the issue of childhood hunger and ensuring children are receiving the proper nutrition they need to help them succeed in life.

Ensuring Children Don’t Go Hungry on Weekends
Each Friday during the school year, Freestore Foodbank sends 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. Over 5,000 children in more than 108 participating schools receive Power Packs from 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. Over 2,500 Kids Cafe meals are served weekly at over a dozen school sites in Hamilton County, Ohio and Campbell County, Kentucky. The meals served at Kids Cafe are prepared by adult students from Freestore Foodbank’s Cincinnati COOKS! culinary job training program.

Providing Food During Summer Months
The Summer Food Service Program gives Freestore Foodbank the opportunity to serve hungry children during the summer months when they are away from school. Kids ages 1-18 receive nutritious lunches prepared by Cincinnati COOKS! at select locations.

Getting Babies the Nutrition They Need
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Freestore Foodbank are working together to make sure babies are receiving the proper nutrition they need through Keeping Infants Nourished and Developing, or KIND. The program was launched after Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center uncovered that mothers facing financial hardships were stretching formula by diluting it or feeding their babies less. Children’s found that food insecurity in babies impacts development and mental health, eventually resulting in behavior problems, poorer psychological function, lower math achievement scores, poorer grades, and higher likelihood of repeating a grade.

Your Dollars Making a Difference
You can make a difference in the fight against childhood hunger. Research shows children receiving a proper diet perform better on tests and attend school more regularly. When you donate to Freestore Foodbank, every dollar helps to provide three meals to hungry children and families in the tristate area.

As a non-profit, Freestore Foodbank prides itself in being open and transparent about where our donors’ dollars are going.