The Volunteer Connection February 2016

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Event Thank You: MLK Day of Service Power Pack-a-Thon

Thank you to the more than 50 volunteers who joined us at our Mayerson Distribution Center for the Eighth Annual Power Pack-a-Thon on MLK Day. We had a fantastic afternoon assembling 1,386 packs of nutritious food for hungry kids in our community. During the event, Panera Bread provided us with a check for our Power Pack program. The money was raised through Panera’s Operation Dough Nation campaign.


On the Horizon: Mark Your Calendars

Spring is just around the corner and we are busy gearing up for the upcoming season at our community farm, the Giving Fields. This is a great volunteer opportunity for all ages. The first opportunity is planned for March 15. We are looking for at least 30 volunteers to help plant produce to kick-off the season. This event is weather dependent. Click here for more information on how to register to volunteer.

coppCheck Out Power Pack
Campaign begins March 16 – April 16. Can you spare 15-20 minutes per week to support the Power Pack program? Do you shop at Kroger? Volunteers are needed to assist with maintaining placards and tear coupons at 60 local Kroger stores. This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for students looking for community service hours, families with kids, and those who work full time, but want to get involved and volunteer. Click Here to adopt your Kroger store today!


Event: Stamp Out Hunger
: Saturday, May 14
Time: Tuesday – Saturday; 9am – noon or 1pm – 4pm.
Where: Mayerson Distribution Center, 1250 Tennessee Ave; 45229
Task: Sorting food donations collected by letter carriers
Who: Individuals or groups

Hunger Walk

Event: Hunger Walk
: May 28 – May 30
Time: various shifts available
Where: TBD
Task: Various
Who: Individuals or groups

Power Pack

Event: Power Pack and Summer Food Service Programs
: January – August
Time: three shifts available; 9am – noon, 1pm – 4 pm, or 5pm – 8pm(evening shift offered Wednesdays and Thursdays only)
Where: Mayerson Distribution Center; 1250 Tennessee Ave; 45229
Task: Assembling Power Packs or food boxes for children.
Who: Groups (up to 40 per shift)
Group Requests: DC Group Requests


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

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Freestore Foodbank team? Please click here for our current employment opportunities.


Thank you to the following groups for your support January 2016!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Advocates in Action
Campbell Soup
Children’s Home of Cincinnati
Children’s Hospital
Church of the Redeemer
City of Cincinnati
Clark Montessori
Ernest Young
General Electric
Great American Annuity Group
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Junior League of Cincinnati
Kerr Family
Knights of Columbus
Lambda Chi
Ross School
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
St. Mark Missionary Baptist
St. Xavier School
The Gathering
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Tri-State Freethinkers
Western and Southern
Wise Temple
Xavier University

Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

Wave Foundation

FeedingWorks: Transformational Teambuilding

Looking for a new way to strengthen your team’s ability to communicate, problem-solve and manage conflict while improving your opportunities to provide successful outcomes? Looking for an opportunity to not only grow stronger as a team internally, but to make an external impact on the community? Consider FeedingWorks, the Freestore Foodbank’s social enterprise.

FeedingWorks is a unique combination of professional leadership development and the transformational experience of a team working together to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. Teams form genuine bonds through this experience which is based on the principle of giving back while developing yourself and your team.

For more information about how your company can benefit from FeedingWorks, please visit