The Volunteer Connection July 2017

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Hannah Roberto, Healthy Harvest Mobile Market Volunteer


Hannah Roberto, Healthy Harvest Mobile Market Volunteer

While many college students spend time hanging out with friends and having fun during summer break, Healthy Harvest Mobile Market volunteer Hannah Roberto enjoys spending her time assisting families at the market. As a fourth year student majoring in Dietetics at the University of Cincinnati, Hannah has decided to align her passion for food education with the Freestore Foodbank’s mission to create stability while providing food and other forms of support to individuals and families.

In October 2016, Hannah began an incredible journey with Nick Reynolds and Jessie Fossenkemper, Freestore Foodbank’s Healthy Harvest Mobile Market staff to set up the market. Before she knew it she was assisting to clean the area, organize produce and process customer orders. Hannah says, “Every day is special. It’s really great to see how happy people are when they come to the market for the first time. Families are so grateful to have access to fresh produce in their neighborhood. It’s nice to see how welcome we are in the service that we provide.”

She believes that fruit is nature’s candy and truly enjoys passing out recipe cards during the customer checkout experience. Hannah regularly finds herself educating clients on food and takes joy in providing one-on-one food preparation advice to families. She has noticed that many individuals come back to share their experiences with her and that gives her a lot of satisfaction. As a Cincinnati native, Hannah openly expresses her appreciation for the Freestore Foodbank’s mission to end hunger and admires the organization for offering “so many ways to help the public – from packing Power Packs to offering fresh groceries via the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market.”  She wishes the Freestore Foodbank continued success in the years to come.

Thank you Taste of the NFL volunteers!

Thank you Taste of the NFL volunteers!

Thank you to our dedicated volunteers and staff for making Taste of the 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 your  continued support. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOU!

Duck Season is just Around the Corner!



Check Out These Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Check-Out Duck Store Monitors: Adopt a Kroger Store TodayBuy 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 UScan stations at participating Kroger stores. If you already shop at Kroger on a weekly basis, this is a fantastic way to help and it only takes a few minutes.  We have stores in Ohio:  Hamilton, Butler, and Warren counties, and in Northern Kentucky than need your help. Adopt Your Store Today!

Quacky Mascot
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 3rd. Click the following link to view dates and times: I Want to be Quacky. Get ready to have a “quacktacular” time!

Duck Central Volunteers: Take Duck Sales CallsHelp Us Take Duck Calls at Duck Central!
Volunteers will help take duck sales calls at our Central Parkway office beginning the middle of August through event day on September 3rd. Here’s your chance to quack with many of our wonderful donors!  Training will be provided. I want to Quack on the phone!

Help Sell the Winning Duck: Kroger Weekend Duck SalesKroger Weekend Duck Sales
Do you want to be the one to sell the winning duck?! Here’s a great opportunity to make it happen.  We will be selling ducks at select Kroger stores throughout the month of August. View store locations and dates HERE.

Ongoing Opportunities

It’s Time to Harvest at The Giving Fields 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 farm, The 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 SummerFeeding Children During the Summer:
Innovative Summer Meals at the Mayerson Distribution Center
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.

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.

Other Ways You Can Help

Food Drives
Donations of canned goods are needed all year around, not just at the holidays! With schools out for the summer, more children are at home and are in need of nutritious healthy options. 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 2017!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)
  • 84.51
  • BDO USA Accounting
  • BHDP
  • Brink Family
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • CDK Global, LLC
  • Celanese
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Cincinnati Black Professionals
  • Cincinnati Women’s Club
  • Davita
  • Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Duke Energy
  • Ethicon
  • Fifth Third
  • Fusion Alliance
  • General Electric
  • Groupon-Ramos
  • Hadley Family Group
  • Hubert Company
  • Humana
  • Hydrotech
  • IGS Energy
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kerry Automotive
  • Marshalls
  • Messer Construction
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Old Navy
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
  • Pep Promotions
  • PNC Bank
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Redeemer Church
  • St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
  • Star One Realtors
  • Target
  • The Gathering
  • Turner Construction
  • UBS
  • UC Department of Psychiatry
  • Victory Deliverance Ministry
  • Western Southern Financial
Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)
  • BDO USA Accounting
  • Bottom Line Systems
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Citi
  • DotLoop
  • Ethicon
  • Fidant Wealth Partners
  • Fifth Third
  • Get Noticed Get Found Marketing
  • Giggs Trips
  • Girl Scouts
  • Jesuit Spiritual Center
  • Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler Accounting Firm
  • Mayerson Foundation
  • Prestwicke Pack
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • St. Ignatius School
  • Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • UBS – Losacker
  • UBS Financial
Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)
  • AMIG Billing Buds