The Volunteer Connection October 2017

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The rattle of grocery cart wheels is a familiar sound in the Freestore Foodbank’s Customer Connection Center Food Room located in the Over the Rhine area in Cincinnati.  Longtime volunteer, Bernice Woodard has become very accustomed to it over the years.  After 21 years as an employee at the Freestore, Bernice retired from her official duties in 2014. But you wouldn’t know it, as she still volunteers down in the Food Room almost every day.

“There’s just no better place to be, than down here helping people,” says Bernice, and helping people she does.   Out of the Freestore Foodbank’s 400 plus community partners across the tristate, the Food Room serves as its largest and one of the longest running.  A food pantry at its core, everyone is welcomed into the Food Room which serves upwards of 300 individuals and families every single day.

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With Fall in the air and the holidays around the corner, volunteers are needed to bring comfort and joy to our community.

The 1st Annual OTR Community Health Fair – Saturday, October 28th
We are partnering with Rothenberg Preparatory Academy and The Christ Hospital to host our 1st Annual Community Health Fair. There will be health screenings for blood pressure, BMI, glucose for diabetes, EKG, ECHO and referrals to a clinic (if necessary). There will also be 20 minute education classes on tobacco cessation, healthy eating, and diabetes/cholesterol. All ages are welcome to attend. Volunteers are needed to assist with pre-event setup, event setup, in event support, and event breakdown. To learn more and to sign up to volunteer click on the following link: OTR Community Health Fair Volunteer

Coat Day Distribution – Saturday, October 28th
Help keep families warm during the cold winter months by assisting with the distribution of coats to families at our Customer Connection Center. You can also help prepare for the big day by sorting and steaming coats beginning on October 16 through October 25 and event set-up on October 27. We will be accepting coat donations until October 24th at the Customer Connection Center on E. Liberty Street. For more information or to sign up to volunteer click on the following link: Coat Drive Volunteer

Check Out Hunger – Wednesday, November 15 – Tuesday, January 2
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

Doubling Dollars on Double Your Dollars Day – Wednesday, November 8th
We will kick-off the holiday season with our Sixth Annual Double Your Dollars 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. Come out and join us… Double Your Dollars Volunteer

Cincinnati Bengals Food DriveTackle Hunger at the 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.  Help us tackle hunger by collecting monetary and food donations before the game.  I’m a Bengals Food Drive Volunteer

Holiday Food Box Distribution

  • Monday, November 20 – Wednesday, November 22
  • Wednesday, December 20 – Friday, December 22

Over 1,000 volunteers are needed to distribute food boxes that will provide a family with the gift of a holiday meal.  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

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Other Ways You Can Help


Thank you to the following groups for your support in September 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)