Volunteer Connection – November 2018

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Mayerson Distribution Center
Located at 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Calling those who want to be in the holiday spirit!!! November and December are Holiday Box production months at the Mayerson Distribution Center!  During the holiday season, Freestore Foodbank distributes over 17,000 boxes in addition to produce and proteins (turkeys and chickens) to provide meals prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Volunteers lend a hand at packing the boxes in advance of the distribution dates at the Holiday Operations Day at the Customer Connection Center.  We are calling on those who want to make a difference to volunteer now!

And… while the days leading up to the holidays are always a popular time to volunteer, we are also registering volunteers to help us kick off 2019 when we return to our Power Packing and food sorting.  Consider giving the gift that helps others BEFORE and AFTER the holidays and register your groups today!

Regular Warehouse Shifts: Shifts are held Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Both individuals and groups are welcome at the Distribution Center. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer. Student 13-18 years old must have parental consent and students 13-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 


Food Room
Located at 112 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

The Food Room has been undergoing renovations during October and we can’t wait to see the results in November.  Throughout the month of October and the beginning of November, the Food Room has operated out of the Front Bay and thanks to our volunteers, everything has gone smoothly!  On a daily basis, the Customer Connection Center may serve up to 300 people and continues to provide food and connections to other services.  Volunteer opportunities are always available!

Food Room Shifts:  Individuals or groups of 10 or less can schedule a time to volunteer in the Food Room, Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and Friday from 8am-4pm.  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.


SPECIAL EVENTS

November Events:

Double Your Dollars Day
November 14th

We will kick-off the holiday season with our Seventh Annual Double Your Dollar$ Day campaign.  Thanks to our community partners, every dollar donated to the Freestore Foodbank that day will be matched allowing us to feed twice as many tri-state children and families! Volunteers are needed to answer phones and complete the one page payment forms.

The Holidays Operations
November 19 & 20th and December 19th & 20th

Over 2,000 volunteers are needed to assist with our holiday food distribution.  Registration is open now for individuals.  If you would like to register a group, contact us at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org.  Reserve your spots now.  We will only be distributing on November 19th and 20th and December 19th and 20th this year!  Please note the change in dates and times.  Groups and individuals are welcome.  Volunteers must be at least 10 years old to volunteer (with parents).

Tackle Hunger at the 32nd Annual Bengals Canned Food Drive
Sunday, November 25th

We are teaming up again with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 32nd Annual Bengals Canned Food Drive on Sunday, November 25th 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.  Help us tackle hunger by collecting monetary and food donations before the game.


Healthy Harvest Mobile Market
At various locations throughout the community
Want to help bring healthy nutritious produce into the community?  Volunteer on a regular basis with the Healthy Harvest Mobile Market!  We are also in need volunteers once a month for the HHMM Clean Up Crew as well.

All volunteers are welcome to join our team as TOGETHER, WE CAN SOLVE HUNGER! Individuals may self-register and groups may request special dates by visiting our website: freestorefoodbank.volunteerhub.com.  Email our Volunteer Engagement Specialist, Carolyn Frank at volunteer@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-482-7550 for further assistance.


Other Ways to Help

Are you in need of a company project during the holiday season or just looking for a new family tradition for your family? We have a great project just for you!

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 Stabilization, Protective Payee, and Shelter Diversion programs. Adopt – A – Family is an annual program that helps over customers during the holidays. Your generosity will provide a great sense of value and worth to these families and clearly demonstrate in a meaningful way that others really care about them.  For more information about adopting a family or helping with gift purchases, please email: adoptafamily@freestorefoodbank.org or call 513-720-6099.

Food Drive with the Cincinnati Symphony OrchestraFood and Fund Drives
Donations of canned goods are needed all year around, not just at the holidays! If you would like to organize a canned food OR fund 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 in October 2018!
We sincerely appreciate their continued support and contribution of their time.

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

4iNNO
Anderson High School
ATG
Bobbie B. Fairfax School
Bottom Line Systems
Cengage
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincom Systems Inc.
Cintas
Citibank
Citizens Bank
Clark Montessori
E.W. Scripps Company
Ernst & Young
Fed it Forward
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third Bank
Franciscans for the Poor
General Electric
GNGF
Hamilton County
Health Carousel LLC
Heapy Engineering
Ken Anderson Alliance
La Salle High School
M.C. Logistics, LLC
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Miami University
Moeller High School
Musillo Unkenholt
OPTA Southwest District
Pep Promotions
PNC Bank
Procter and Gamble
Rooted
St. Antoninus Parish and School
St. Columban School
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
St. Xavier High School
The Children’s Home
The Gap
The Gathering
The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
Tri-State Freethinkers
Turner Construction
University of Cincinnati
Western Southern Financial
World Pay

Food Room (Customer Connection Center - Liberty Street)

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Collective Visions, LLC
David J. Joseph Company
First Industrial Realty
Hillman Group
Loveland High School
State Avenue
Manufacturing
University of Cincinnati
US Navy

Giving Fields

84.51
Celanese
DotLoop
Leadership Northern Kentucky
Salvation Army
Seven Hills School