Volunteer Connection – April 2018

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead

Together, We Can Solve Hunger!
In April, the Freestore Foodbank along with other agencies across the nation will celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2018.  During this week, we will honor those who inspire, recognize and encourage others to seek out imaginative ways to engage in our community.  National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change for the better.  Our volunteers are discovering and demonstrating their power to make a difference daily.  At the Freestore, we know you don’t have to wear a cape or mask, to work for justice in our world!

We want to take this opportunity to thank the over 11,800 volunteers who are making a difference in the 20 counties that we serve and in the lives of our neighbors in need.  We would not be able to make strides in solving hunger without your help!  Thank you!

The Freestore Foodbank Volunteer team is filled with everyday heroes who give their time, talents and effort on a regular basis.


All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.

Mayerson Distribution Center

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

Warehouse Shifts: Shifts are held Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Projects include food sorting/scanning, assembling food boxes such as senior boxes (additional groceries given to our older adult customers ages 55+) and summer boxes for area school children.  Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Distribution Center.

Are you looking for a group volunteer activity for your team during the summer or a unique vacation activity? Come spend time with us at our Mayerson Distribution Center to assemble food boxes for the children in our rural communities. These food boxes will ensure they have nutritious meals during the summer months. We will need at least 30 people each shift in June and July!

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.  We are now scheduling for the summer months!

The Giving Fields

The Giving Fields
Located at 101 Anderson Lane, Melbourne, KY 41059

The Farm is OPEN! 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. 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.

Food Room

Food Room
Located at 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Individuals or groups of 10 or less can schedule a time to volunteer in the Food Room, Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and 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.

Special Event - Coming Soon

Special Event –  Coming Soon:

Volunteer or Walk for Hunger
A Memorial Day Event – 15th Annual Hunger Walk

Lace up your shoes and volunteer for a tremendous cause. Over the last 14 years, Hunger Walk has raised more than $1 million for our partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and community centers. Each step made at the event directly impacts the lives of our hungry neighbors. Spend your Memorial Day with us and volunteer or form a team and walk, run, skip, or stroll along the Ohio River.

Want to help us “run the 5K” by volunteering? Click hereVolunteer 5K.  (Registration for volunteer opportunities will open April 10th.)

Want to walk/run in the Hunger Walk and 5K Run or form a team? Click here: Run the Race for more information.

All proceeds support the Freestore Foodbank’s network of 250 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers. Through this network, we are able to provide over 20 million meals each year to hungry children and families in 20 counties in Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky. One step at a time, one dollar at a time, together we can solve hunger.

Other Ways to Help

Donations of canned goods are needed all year-round! If you would like to organize a canned food drive, please fill out the online form available here.

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 in March 2018!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

ABC Students
Bank of America
Bobbie B. Fairfax School
Capital Investment Group
Cengage
Broadway Serves, Cast and Crew of Chicago, The Musical
Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Cintas
Citizens Bank
Clark Montessori High School
Ernst & Young
Fifth Third
General Electric
GFP Kiwanis
Havurah Friends
Ken Anderson Alliance
Kroger
Lambda Chi
LaSalle/Elder Hockey Clubs
Macy’s
Margaret B. Rost School
Mariemont Jr. High School
Miami University
Oak Hills High School
Pep Promotions
Pomeroy
Prime Source Building Products
Procter and Gamble
Randstad
Redeemer Church
Riley Family
Portsmith Rotary Club
Sherwin-Williams
Southern Baptist Church Youth Ministry
St. Xavier High School
The Gathering
University of Cincinnati
Western Southern Financial
Westwood United Methodist Church
Wyoming Middle School
Xavier University

Food Room (Customer Connection Center - Liberty Street)

Kroger
Ohio Association for Justice
Winker Family

Giving Fields

Brown and Caldwell
Pendleton Schools
Steiner/Moeckel Families
Tri-State Freethinkers