The Volunteer Connection September 2016

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Celebrating All Things Duck
Many volunteers supported the Rubber Duck Regatta throughout August, on the day of the event and even days after the ducks went swimming in the Ohio River. Without their dedication and support, our largest fundraiser would not have been so successful.  The Freestore Foodbank is greatly appreciative for all the work and commitment shared by our awesome volunteers!

Thank You Quacky Games Volunteers!
Selling ducks can’t be more fun than at a WEBN Party! It’s going down on Saturday, August 6th at Fountain Square. Volunteers will help sell ducks during the party. Find out more and sign up for this fun event by Clicking Here.


A Weekend at Kroger – Duck Sales Volunteers
Volunteers helped sell ducks at the Anderson, Harper’s Point, Oakley, Delhi, Hyde Park, Newport, Western Hills, Mt. Orab, and Lawrenceburg Kroger stores each weekend in August. Donors had an opportunity to pick up some “duck swag” with their duck purchases in addition to complete their weekly shopping at Kroger. What a fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon! Thank you Kroger Weekend Duck Sales Volunteers!!

The Freestore Foodbank announces the winners of the 22nd Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, which sent more than 165,000 ducks into the Ohio River.Duck Central Volunteers – Hello? Do You Want to Buy A Duck? Duck Sale Calls
Did you register your duck by calling the duck line? If you did, you were probably assisted by one of our many esteemed volunteers. Volunteers helped out throughout the month of August taking duck sale calls from you and many others. We truly appreciate all of the volunteers who helped us answer phones and secure duck sales.

What is the Rubber Duck Regatta without Quacky?!
Quacky wanted to send a huge and hearty THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who braved the extremely warm costume to make children and adults giggle and laugh during Quacky’s many appearances. Quacky couldn’t have “quacked” without YOU!


The Finale – Rubber Duck Regatta Volunteers
We made it! On Sunday, September 4th at Serpentine Wall and Newport on the Levee, volunteers flanked the river at both venues selling ducks! Volunteers assisted with setting the ducks free off the Purple People Bridge and after the splash and the big race they helped scoop the ducks from the Ohio River and load them into our trucks. Way to go Rubber Duck Regatta Volunteers!!

Wash, Rinse, Load, Ship – Duck Washing Volunteers
For the past few years, the Xavier University Men’s Swim Team has unloaded, washed, rinsed, and repackaged more than 160,000 racing ducks on Labor Day morning at our Mayerson Distribution Center. They come with enthusiasm and a competitive nature to beat their previous completion time. They have a system they use and we pretty much step back and let them do their thing. Thank You XU Swim Team for sending the ducks out in style!


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 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 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: or call 513-720-6099.

The Holidays are Coming Soon:  Be on the lookout in the October Volunteer Connection issue for our Holiday Roundup of Upcoming Events!

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

Mayerson Distribution Center (Tennessee Avenue)

Advantage Solutions
Astra Zeneca
Beckfield College
Bottom Line Systems
Catalina Marketing
CDK Global, LLC
Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
Cincinnati Kiwanis
Curiosity Advertising
East Central High School
Ernst & Young
Fidelity Investments
Fifth Third
First Financial Bank
General Electric
Great American Annuity Group
Green Hills/Forest Park Kiwanis
Hamilton County COVE
Hershey’s Company
Kerry Automotive
Messer Construction
Monfort Heights United Methodist Church
New Richmond Schools
Old St. Patrick’s Church
P & G
Pep Promotions
Retail Odyssey
St. Margaret Knights of Columbus
The Gathering
The Standard
Thomas More College
Tri-State Freethinkers
Truepoint Wealth Counsel
UBS Financial
US Bank
Von Lehman
Xavier University

Giving Fields (Melbourne, KY)

Advance Pierre Foods
Belterra Casino
Fifth Third
Guardian Angels
Indian Hill Church
North Key
Old St. Patrick’s Church
P & G
Starbucks Regional Office
Xavier University

Liberty Street Market (Liberty Street)

Flagel, Huber, Flagel
Franciscan for Poor
Keurig Green Mountain
P & G
Sallie Mae

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