A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO OUR QUACKTUCLAR VOLUNTEERS!

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 of the wonderful work and commitment of our volunteers!

Thank You Duck Pluckers and Taggers!
For two weeks straight volunteers gathered at the Mayerson Distribution Center to prepare 180,000 ducks for the big day. Ducks arrived from all corners of the nation to be a part of the big splash into the Ohio River. With help of our fantastic volunteers, ducks were inspected, previous dressings were removed, and bright shiny new tags placed on them before being loaded into the truck to head to the Ohio River. We could not have made the event without our dedicated crew!

Thank You Quacky Games Volunteers!
The Quacky Games were held on Friday, August 17th on Fountain Square. Volunteers helped with event setup, breakdown, games support, duck sales and even a few helped Quacky “come to life”. We wouldn’t have been able to pull it off with YOU…many thanks!

Check Out Duck Volunteers – We Salute YOU!!
Volunteers helped support the 6 week campaign by maintaining a great group of Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. They visited their store(s) at least once per week; some even visited their stores a few times a week to ensure customers were able to utilize the duck coupons to purchase ducks. The campaign would not be a success without your continued support!

A Weekend at Findlay Market and Kroger – Duck Sales Volunteers
Volunteers sold ducks each Saturday in August at Findlay Market and at various Kroger stores throughout the month. Donors had an opportunity to pick up some “duck swag” with their duck purchases in addition to completing their weekly shopping. What a fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon! Thank you Kroger Weekend Duck Sales Volunteers!!

Rubber Duck RegattaDuck Central Volunteers – Duck Sale Calls
“Hello? Do You Want to Buy A Duck?” Did you register your duck by calling the duck line? If you did, you were probably assisted by one of our many esteemed volunteers. Thank you Duck Central Volunteers for answering those phones and helping us to secure that those ducks were in the race!!

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 2nd 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 big splash and 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, Xavier University’s Men’s Swim Team has unloaded, washed, rinsed, and repackaged over 190,000 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 created their own system and we pretty much step back and let them do their thing. Thank You XU Swim Team for sending the ducks off in style!