The Volunteer Connection July 2016

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Thank you Taste of NFL volunteers!

Thank you to our awesome volunteers and staff for making the Taste of NFL a HUGE success! Over 100 volunteers assisted with event set-up, breakdown and in-event support! We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the continued support and dedication of our volunteers….WE APPRECIATE YOU!!

Hogs vs Hunger - Rally Against Hunger - Belterra Park and Harley-Davidson - Saturday, July 9 at 1pmRev Up Your Engines for The Sixth Annual Hogs vs Hunger Event
On Saturday, July 9th we will be out at the Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson store in Florence, KY preparing for the best motorcycle ride for hunger. The ride will cover a 100 mile stretch through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio and end at Belterra Park Casino in Anderson Township. Hogs vs. Hunger is presented by Belterra Casino Resort, Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center and the Pinnacle Foundation. This event is an excellent fundraising opportunity for those who love to ride the open roads and help those in need at the same time.  There are still volunteer opportunities available, Click Here to register or for more information.


Buy A Duck, Feed A Child: Check-Out Duck
Check-Out Duck is an easy way for Kroger customers to purchase their ducks while paying for their groceries. Volunteers will help maintain the “Duck placards” (coupon holders) and tear-off coupons located at each checkout counter and U-scan stations at participating Kroger stores. Last year, this campaign yielded over $250,000 in “Duck sales” with the help of our partners at Kroger and our dedicated volunteers.  If you already shop at Kroger on a weekly basis, this is a fantastic job for you.  It only takes a few minutes of your time while you are there.  Adopt Your Store Today!

quackyQuacky Mascot: Volunteers Needed
It’s a bird; it’s a plane…NOOO its Quacky! Have you ever dreamed of becoming a mascot? Now is your chance! Volunteers are needed to bring Quacky to life as our Rubber Duck Regatta mascot for upcoming appearances beginning in August – September 4th. Click the following link to view dates and times: I Want to be Quacky. Get ready to have a “quacktacular” good time!

phoneHelp Us Take Duck Calls at Duck Central!
Volunteers will help take “Duck” sales calls at our Central Parkway office beginning the week of August 15 – September 4. We will train you and you’ll get the opportunity to speak to many wonderful donors!  Get registered today to help out: Duck Central Volunteer

It’s Time to Harvest at the Giving Fields
If gardening is your thing, then we have an activity just for you! There are still openings available to help harvest fresh produce at our Giving Fields located in Melbourne, KY. Don’t miss out on a chance to play in the dirt while helping to feed our neighbors in Northern Kentucky! If you’re planning a staycation or have family in from out of town, put us on your itinerary of things to see and do!! Click Here for more information or to register to volunteer.

Feeding Children During the Summer: Innovative Summer Meals
Everyone loves assembling Power Packs during the school year and we have a similar activity during the summer months. The Innovative Summer Meals (ISM) are assembled weekly at our Mayerson Distribution Center located on Tennessee Ave. The meals are distributed in rural areas to supplement the Power Pack program until school resumes. No child should have to worry about where their next meal will come from during the summer months. Round up your group and come help assemble ISM boxes. Complete a Group Requests form today.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the volunteer registration and information page to learn how to sign up to volunteer for our ongoing group and individual volunteer opportunities at the Mayerson Distribution Center, Customer Connection Center’s Liberty Street Market, and Giving Fields.


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

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

  • Asian American Group
  • Baker & Hostetler
  • Catholic Heart
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Church of the Redeemer
  • CHWC
  • Cincinnati Black Professionals
  • Cincinnati Kiwanis
  • Cincinnati Woman’s Club
  • Cincinnati Young Asian American Professionals
  • Danis
  • DeCastro Auto Group
  • Duke Energy
  • Ethicon
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • FEG
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Fund Evaluation Group
  • General Electric
  • Great American Insurance
  • Hillman Group
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kerry Automotive
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Marshalls
  • Messer Construction
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mount St. Joseph (Upward Bound)
  • New York Life Insurance
  • Nielsen
  • Pomeroy
  • Revenue Services
  • Teach for America
  • The Gathering
  • Theta Tau
  • Thrive Fitness
  • Tri-State Freethinkers
  • TriHealth
  • University of Cincinnati
  • UPS
  • Urban League Young Professionals

Giving Fields & Small Farms

  • 84.51
  • Ameriprise
  • Catholic Heart
  • Citigroup
  • Cost Management
  • Fifth Third
  • General Electric
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Harlow
  • Kroger
  • Lawrenceville Church of God
  • Mariemont Jr. High
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nielsen
  • NKU
  • PNC Bank
  • Pomeroy
  • Second Presbyterian Church
  • Second Presbyterian Middle School
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Ignatius School
  • St. Ursula Academy
    St. Vincent de Paul
  • Summit Country Day School
  • UBS
  • United Way
  • Ursuline Academy

Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

  • Abbive
  • Christ in Youth
  • Cincinnati Young Asian American Professionals
  • Clark Montessori
  • CMS Insurance
  • Dannon Company
  • Easter Seals
  • Franciscan for the Poor
  • Mattress Firm
  • P&G

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