The Volunteer Connection January 2016

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at the Freestore Foodbank!

Volunteers are one of our greatest resources. You make our work in the community possible. In 2015, more than 9,000 volunteers shared their time, talent and treasures. We look forward to working with you again in 2016. Together, We Can Solve Hunger!

2015 Wrap-Up:

Holiday Food Distributions
Our annual Christmas Food Distribution made a huge impact, thanks to the support of our staff and volunteers. We provided food for a Christmas meal to help more than 14,000 people over the course of a two-and-a-half days. More than 1,100 volunteers donated 3,600 hours of their time – a true gift this holiday season.

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Distributions combined, with the support of 2,500 volunteers, we were able to help nearly 36,000 people with a holiday meal.

Adopt –A – Family
161 families received holiday gifts this year through our Adopt-a-Family program. Thanks to the volunteers and 118 donors who helped to make this possible, along with volunteer Susan Ede who donates her time to leading the program. The number of families supported this year increased by 42% from 2014. Thank you to Susan and her team for bringing a special joy to these families this year.

A Glance into 2016:

Check out the Special volunteer events or email Tony Chowning, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, for more information.

  • MLK National Day of Service – On Monday, January 18, 50 volunteers are needed to help assemble 1,000 Power Packs on Fountain Square from noon until 2 p.m.
    Please click here to register. Limited spaces are available.
  • Distinguished Speaker Series & Annual Meeting – Volunteers are needed for event setup from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, as well as for day of event support from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. Tasks will be assigned including but not limited to: parking attendants, coat check and event breakdown.
    Location: 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.
    Please click here to register.
  • Check-Out Power Pack at local Kroger Stores will begin in March-April. This is an individual volunteer opportunity that is great for volunteers who work or go to school full time but wish to volunteer with us. Volunteers will adopt and visit one or more of the 60 participating Kroger stores once or twice weekly to help with maintenance of the placards and tear coupons at the cash registers and U-scans. Volunteers will replace or replenish supplies as needed. At the end of the campaign, volunteers will take down the placards and tear coupons and discard. Volunteers will be given one hour each week during the campaign run.

There are three Check-Out campaigns throughout the year: Check-Out Power Pack, Check-Out Duck and Check-Out Hunger. These fundraisers are an easy way for donors to help feed our hungry neighbors. Stay tuned for sign-up details online and in the February e-Newsletter.


Individuals may self-register and Groups may request special dates by visiting our website. If you need additional assistance, please email Tony Chowning or call 513-482-7550.

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. Registration opens this month to volunteer at the farm for the 2016 growing season. 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. The farm is slated to reopen in late March or early April – weather permitting.

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

Group Opportunities: Groups of 10-30 people can schedule to volunteer Tuesday through Saturday for a three hour shift (9:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at the Mayerson Distribution Center. Projects include food sorting/scanning, assembling food boxes such as senior boxes (additional groceries given to our older adult customers ages 55+) and packing Power Packs for area school children. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Student 13-18 must have parental consent and students 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for available shifts.

Groups must submit a request to confirm available shifts.
Individuals may volunteer if they sign-up for shifts with already scheduled groups.

Student Nights: Are you a high school or college student and need community services hours for school or a specific project?  Here’s your chance to earn three hours of credit while helping your community. Students assist with sorting donations from canned food drives, assembling Power Packs, and/or a variety of simple projects during the volunteer session.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and in need of community service hours for high school, college, grants, or civic group requirement. Click here to register.

Liberty Street Market
Located at 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Individuals or groups of 10 or less can schedule a time to volunteer in the Liberty Street Market, Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. Volunteers are required to commit to at least two or more hours at a time. Projects include food sorting, restocking shelves with groceries, assisting customers with their groceries outside of the building and loading groceries in their vehicle in front of the building. Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old (with parental consent) to volunteer at this site. Please email April Moorman or call 513-357-4643 to schedule.


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 December 2015!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Ave)

Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Fifth Third
General Electric
JLL (Jones, Lang, LaSalle)
Kerry Automotive
New Life Temple
PNC Bank
Queen City Tennis
St. Xavier High School
Western and Southern

Christmas Holiday Operations

21st Century Community Learning Center Program
African American Business Resource Group (Fifth Third)
Boy Scouts of America Troop 228
Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Leadership Class #39
Cincinnati Turkish American Association
Core Growth
Cushman & Wakefield
Dr. Pepper/Snapple
Droder & Miller
EA Cincinnati
Fidelity Investments
First Financial Bank
Fund Evaluation Group
General Electric
Hamilton County Planning & Development
Health Collab
IGS Energy
Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc (JRAretail)
Junior Girl Scouts
Junior Statesman of America (JSA)
Kao Brands
Lohmiller Real Estate
NCS Solutions
News America
PNC Bank
ProLink Staffing
S. C. Johnson & Son
Schulman IRG
The Standard
Tyson Foods
US Bank

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