Together, We Can Solve Hunger!

Volunteers are a vital part of the Freestore Foodbank’s strategic plan to provide 50 million meals by the year 2020.  Every time you volunteer, you will leave knowing that you have helped to provide Food, Connection and Hope for our neighbors in need.

In 2018, over 11,800 volunteers contributed over 88,000 hours of service to the Freestore.  We need volunteers every day to pack Power Packs and Senior Boxes for the youngest and oldest in our community, sort food donations to be sent to our Community partners, provide customer service at our Liberty Street Market (pantry), plant and harvest crops at the farm, assist with special events throughout the year and provide talents and skills for dozens of other activities that help people when they are in crisis.

Only through joining our efforts with member of our community can we make a difference and work to solve hunger!

What types of volunteer opportunities does the Food Bank offer?

The Freestore welcomes both individuals and groups to work on a variety of tasks that help eliminate hunger in our area. All of our volunteer activities are one of three types:


Basic:  Basic volunteer assignments are usually one-time shifts that require little or no advanced preparation or training, but do require advanced registration.  Most groups and individuals are in this category.  Activities include:

  • Sorting and packaging nonperishable food that is later distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters our Mayerson Distribution Center
  • Stocking shelves, sorting food and providing customer service to people as they shop at the Liberty Street Market in the Customer Connection Center.
  • Planting, harvesting and providing general farm labor for our 10 acre farm, Giving Fields which provides fresh produce to our community partners in Northern Kentucky.
  • Assisting at Special Events throughout the year including Holiday Operations, Rubber Duck Regatta and Hunger Walk.

Regular:  Regular volunteer assignments are usually ongoing assignments which can be daily, weekly, or monthly. These assignments usually require specialized skills and/or training and require advanced registration, an interview and a background check if working with sensitive material or direct customer assistance.  Possible activities include:

  • Clerical and administrative assistants
  • Receptionist and communication desk assignments
  • Back On Track (clothing store) assistants
  • Healthy Harvest Mobile Market assistants
  • Cincinnati Cooks! assistants
  • Nutrition Program Presenters

Professional Leadership:  These volunteer assignments require experience and an on-going commitment to the Freestore Foodbanks mission, typically regular shift assignments, training and a long term commitment.  Possible activities include:

  • Special Projects
  • Board and Committee appointments

Join our efforts and get started:


Volunteer Phone Number:  513 482-7550
Volunteer Email Address:
Volunteer Mailing Address: Volunteer Management Department, Freestore Foodbank, 112 East Liberty Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202