The Volunteer Connection November 2017

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There once was a gentleman who entered the doors of the Freestore Foodbank’s Customer Connection Center on Liberty Street looking for a suit and tie for an upcoming job interview, his first. The man had shared that he had never worn a suit or even owned one of his own, but this job interview was too important for him to go without. So the volunteers at Back on Track helped him find the perfect suit for his interview, and he was on his way.

A few days letter the man returned to the Freestore to share how his interview went. He was indeed happy to report that he had gotten the job. He went on to say that when he was walking down the street, dressed in the suit and tie, people on the street greeted him and many of them addressed him as “Sir”. He then went on to say that this was a big deal because he had never been called ‘Sir” before. He felt proud and confident, as if he would be able to do anything. He said that wearing that suit and tie motivated him to think and act in a way that would warrant respect. He was very grateful to Freestore Foodbank’s Back on Track program for the part they played in dressing him for success, helping him find the confidence he needed to interview for the job and start an exciting new chapter in his life.

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Check Out Hunger: November 16th – January 2nd
Help us check out hunger this holiday season at your local Kroger store.   Volunteers are needed to adopt a Kroger store and assist with maintaining the placards (coupon holders) and tear coupons located at each checkout counter and UScan station. This campaign gives customers a convenient way to give to the Freestore as they pay for their groceries.  This is a flexible volunteer activity and can be done on your own time. It’s a great way to get your family involved even with a full work or school schedule. Sign up today!  I’m a Check Out Hunger Volunteer

Rumble in the Jungle
31st Annual Bengals Canned Food Drive

Sunday, November 26th
We are teaming up again with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 31st Annual Bengals Canned Food Drive on Sunday, November 26th at Paul Brown Stadium.  Last year, food and monetary donations received through this event helped us to provide more than 71,000 meals to hungry children and families in the community. Join us as we tackle hunger with our favorite NFL home team!  Over 60 volunteers are needed to make this a game winning success.  I’m a Bengals Food Drive Volunteer

Holiday Food Box Distribution
Christmas Operations
December 20th, December 21st, and December 22nd
Volunteers make Holiday Operations happen each year at the Customer Connection Center! Over 1,000 volunteers are needed to complete various tasks allowing the Freestore Foodbank to distribute holiday meals to over 15,000 households for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Our Thanksgiving shifts are almost full but we have many openings for the days leading up to Christmas.  Come by yourself or with family, friends, and/or co-workers and help us provide a meal for families this holiday season. Holiday Food Box Distribution Volunteer

Become a Family’s Donor
Share in the spirit of the holidays by helping other families enjoy the season. Become a donor and purchase gifts for one of our Freestore Foodbank families that participate in our Housing, Direct Rent and Shelter Diversion programs.  Adopt – A – Family is an annual program that helps over 200 customers during the holidays. Your generosity will provide a great sense of value and worth to these families and clearly demonstrates in a meaningful way that others really care about them.  For more information about adopting a family or helping with gift purchases, please email: or call 513-720-6099.

Adopt – A – Family: Gift Wrapping and Distribution
Come help us bring good cheer to some of the families that we serve at our Customer Connection Center? We are looking for volunteers to help us prep and distribute gifts to the families participating in our Adopt-a-Family program. I Want to be an Adopt-A-Family Volunteer


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Other Ways You Can Help

Thank you to the following groups for your support in October 2017!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)
Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)
Food Room (Liberty Street)