The Volunteer Connection January 2015

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The Volunteer Connection – January 2015

Event Wrap-Up: Holiday Food Distributions

YOU DID IT AGAIN! Our phenomenal volunteers made it happen. The December Holiday Food Distribution that took place on Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23 was a major success due to the exceptional support of our volunteers and staff. Together, we ensured over 5,000 families had a holiday meal. More than 700 volunteers contributed approximately 2,600 hours of their time and effort to help us make this event a huge success.

During our Thanksgiving and December Holiday Food Distributions combined, approximately 1,700 volunteers contributed nearly 6,000 hours. Thanks to this great support, we were able to help 1over 4,000 families for both holidays.

WE THANK YOU! Without your continued support and contribution of your time, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. Together we can solve hunger.


A Glance at 2015 Volunteer Opportunities

For more information or to schedule to volunteer, please contact Tawanda Rollins at or 513-482-7557

The Giving Fields The season is scheduled to begin in March. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families with children 5 years and older, high school and college students, adult individuals, as well as groups. Volunteers (5 -16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have signed parental consent.)


  • The Giving Fields is our community farm located in Melbourne, Kentucky, just five minutes from NKU. We plant, maintain and harvest fresh produce for our Northern Kentucky community partner agencies. These agencies provide emergency food to hungry families. Stay tuned to our website and upcoming Volunteer Connections for the scheduling policy and available shift times.

Check-Out Power Pack will run from Saturday, March 14-Sunday, April 19. This is an individual volunteer opportunity and is great for volunteers who work or go to school fulltime but have a desire to volunteer with us. Volunteers will adopt one or more Kroger stores involved in the campaign. The volunteer will visit their store once or twice a week to ensure the placards and coupons are in place and maintain them as needed. At the end of the campaign, the volunteer will take down the placards and tear coupons and discard. This volunteer opportunity is very flexible and does not have a set shift time.


  • We have three Check-Out Campaigns throughout the year (Check-Out Power Pack, Check-Out Duck and Check-Out Hunger). These fundraisers are a great way for donors to conveniently give and support our mission.

Stamp Out Hunger is scheduled for Saturday, May 9. This is a great individual and group volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will sort food donations when they are dropped off by the postal mail carriers the Mayerson Distribution Center located on Tennessee Avenue. Stay tuned to our website and upcoming Volunteer Connections for more details.

Hunger Walk will take place Memorial Day – Monday, May 25. The location is still being finalized. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks the day of the event. Volunteers are also needed the weekend of the event to assist registered walkers and runners with packet pick-up at our Mayerson Distribution Center. Stay tuned to our website and upcoming Volunteer Connections for more details.

Summer Food Service Program will begin preparing boxes in mid to late spring. This program feeds children during the summer months while they are on summer break from school. Groups are needed at our Mayerson Distribution Center to assemble food boxes which are distributed weekly. This volunteer opportunity is a great way for groups to still assist with feeding children once the Power Pack program is on recess.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

volunteer opps 1.2015To schedule to volunteer for one or more of the below opportunities, please contact Tawanda Rollins at or 513-482-7557

Mayerson Distribution Center
Located at 1250 Tennessee Ave, 45229. Groups of 10-30 can schedule to volunteer Tuesday-Saturday; shift times (9am-noon or 1pm-4pm). Projects include food sorting/scanning, assembly of food boxes such as senior boxes (additional groceries given to our older adult customers ages 60+), special event projects such as Holiday Ops Food Boxes, Duck Tagging/Plucking. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age with parental consent and accompanied by an adult.

Giving Fields
The Giving Fields is our community farm located at 101 Anderson Ave in Melbourne, Kentucky. We plant, maintain and harvest fresh produce for our Northern Kentucky community partner agencies. This is a great opportunity for families, since volunteers can be as young as 5 years of age. Scheduling for the 2015 season has not been finalized; please check our website or upcoming Volunteer Connection edition for scheduling policy and shift times. Stay tuned to our website and upcoming Volunteer Connections for the scheduling policy and available shift times.

Liberty Street Market
Located at 112 E. Liberty, 45202. Individuals or groups of 10 or less can schedule a time to volunteer. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. Volunteers are required to commit to at least two or more hours at this location during the hours of operation. 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). Please contact April Moorman at 513-357-4643 or to schedule.


Professional Volunteers

For more information or to schedule to volunteer for the below professional volunteer positions, please contact Stephanie Togneri at or 513-482-4520.

  1. Distribution Center Volunteer Team Leader
  2. Receptionist/Greeter- All Locations
  3. Reclamation Assistant
  4. Training Facilitator
  5. Spanish Translator – Task Description

A New Initiative: FeedingWorks-Transformational Teambuilding
The Freestore Foodbank has launched a new social enterprise. FeedingWorks is geared towards work groups that need to strengthen their teams.

Highlights of the program:

  • 3-4 hour high energy session
  • Teams work together to make an immediate difference on hunger in Greater Cincinnati
  • The session will help to provide insight on how the team is working together more effectively;
    including strengths and blind spots
  • Improve communication, encouragement and conflict management skills
  • Customized to meet your team’s specific needs
  • Combines leadership and team development
  • Furthers the mission of Freestore Foodbank by feeding hungry children in the community

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


More ways to get involved 1.2015Donations 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.

Do you need a speaker for your event? Members of FSFB Speakers’ Bureau are
available for team meetings, staff retreats, conferences, etc. For more information
contact Jill Cooper at 513-482-4511 or

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


The following groups volunteered with us in December 2014. We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Liberty Street Market
US Bank

Mayerson Distribution Center
Church of the Redeemer
DeVry Uninversity
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third
Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church
General Electric
St. Xavier High School
Western and Southern

Holiday Ops
Brave Berlin
Cassidy Turley
Cincinnati Bell
Crown Vic Boys Chapter 51
Dr. Pepper/Snapple
Droder & Miller
Fifth Third
First Financial Bank
General Electric
Global Cloud
News America
ORC Internationl
PNC Bank
Schulman Associates
Sycamore Schools