The Volunteer Connection January 2017

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Happy New Year from the Volunteer Engagement Team!

Our team wishes you a very prosperous, healthy new year and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Volunteers are one of our greatest resources. You make our work in the community possible. In 2016, more than 11,000 volunteers shared their time, talent and treasures. We look forward to working with you again in 2017. Together, We Can Solve Hunger!

We wrapped up 2016 with a big red bow with the following events:

Thank You For Giving The Gift Of Hope For The HolidaysHoliday 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 12,000 people over the course of two days. More than 650 volunteers donated 2,100 hours – a true gift this holiday season. The Holiday Food Distributions combined, with the support of 1,800 volunteers, we were able to help more than 32,000 people with a holiday meal.

100 families received holiday gifts this year through our Adopt-a-Family program. Thanks to the volunteers and donors who helped to make this possible. Thank you to volunteer Susan Ede and her team for bringing joy to these families over the holidays.

A Sneak Peek for 2017 Volunteer Opportunities:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceMartin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
On Monday, January 16, up to 100 volunteers will take part in our Power Pack-a-Thon at our Mayerson Distribution Center located at 1250 Tennessee Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45229. Power Pack-a-Thon is the Freestore Foodbank’s response to President Barack Obama’s call to transform Martin Luther King Day into a national day of community service. There are two shifts available! Sign Up Today.

Distinguished Speaker Series & Annual Meeting Distinguished Speaker Series & Annual Meeting
Volunteers are needed to assist with event breakdown. This is an evening volunteer opportunity taking place on Thursday, January 26 at our Mayerson Distribution Center located at 1250 Tennessee Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45229.
Sign Up Today.

Check Out Power Pack KrogerCheck-Out Power Pack at local Kroger Stores
We will begin sometime in March or 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. Stay tuned for sign-up details online and in the February e-Newsletter.

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.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

groupIndividuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: If you need additional assistance, please email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Taylor Thomas at or call 513-482-7550.

Mayerson Distribution Center

Mayerson Distribution Center – 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Warehouse Shifts: Click here for available shifts
Shifts are held Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30am 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 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. Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Distribution Center. Individuals may self-register on the website. Groups of 10-25 people can schedule to volunteer by completing a request form on the website.

Student Nights at the Warehouse: Click here to register.
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.

The Giving Fields – 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 will open at the end January for the 2017 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.

112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Liberty Street Market – 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 Sara Steinkamp at or call 513-482-7552 to schedule.


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 December 2016!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati United Soccer Club
Dassault Systems
Dimalanta Design
Fifth Third
General Electric (GE)
Key Impact
P & G
Patheon Commercial Operations
Summit Country Day School
Tetra Tech
US Bank
Western Southern Financial

Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

Duke Energy
Easter Seals Tristate
Mercy Health Group

Christmas Food Distribution (Customer Connection Center – Liberty Street)

Beechwood High School
Bellevue High School
Chateau at Mountain Crest
Cincinnati College Prep Academy
Droder & Miller
East Central High School
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third
General Electric (GE)
Harrison Pavilion Nursing Center
Health Collab
Local 12 News
Lucas Group
Mercy Health Plex Sea Wolves
Mount St. Joseph University
News America
P & G
Pep Promotions
Rhinegeist Brewery
Schulman IRB
Standard Retirement Services

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