The generosity of our community during the COVID-19 crisis has been incredible, and all of us at Freestore Foodbank are so grateful.
Our team is working with hundreds of local pantries and soup kitchens throughout the region to deliver food. Last week alone, we packed and distributed 900,000 pounds of food — our largest week in the history of our foodbank.
As the surge in demand for food continues, each dollar makes a difference. Every $25 you give can help provide an emergency box of food for a family. If you’re able, will you please give today?
The Freestore Foodbank is here to serve our neighbors in the tristate when they need us the most. We provide food, connection, and hope, especially during the most challenging times. As we face the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, our main priority is to keep our customers, volunteers, donors, and staff safe.
We are currently working to develop strategies and plans while meeting the community needs as we continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation. We are following guidance from the CDC, federal, state and local agencies as well as working with the Feeding America Network of foodbanks. Our team is following the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus.
If You Need Food or Services
Liberty Street Market Open 9-3 pm for emergency food distribution of prepackaged bags with distancing practices in place for customers at 112 E. Liberty Street. Liberty Street Market is open from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for food distribution.
Benefit Enrollment Services (SNAP, Medicaid) will continue through remote enrollment (513) 381-SNAP (7627)
Payee Window at the Customer Connection Center will continue with distancing practices for customers at 112 E. Liberty Street.
Food Distribution to Partner Agencies will continue through our distribution centers in Bond Hill & Wilder in NKY.
Healthy Harvest Mobile Market will continue at the regular locations. See the schedule for locations.
**The Ohio National Guard is currently helping us pack emergency boxes at out our warehouse and assisting our Healthy Harvest Mobile Market operations. They are not delivering food to homes. Senior Boxes, Emergency Food Boxes, Power Packs, School/Clinic Pantry and Partner Agency Pantry food distribution remains our focus. All other services are temporarily suspended or moved to virtual access.
How You Can Help
At this time we are asking you to not conduct food drives. Doing so could add to the current challenges at the local grocers and require additional volunteers to sort and pack. If you have the means to donate financially, make a donation so we can purchase large quantities of food to be shipped directly to us for lower costs and get specific products out to our local pantries and partners.
If you would like to help your local pantry and see their needs for food or volunteers, find one near you.
Your support is always appreciated; financial support lets us use your gift to meet the greatest needs. A donation of any amount helps us continue to respond.
If you distribute food to those in need and need assistance with food and other resources, email us directly at email@example.com.
Volunteering and Events
At this time, we are not taking volunteers. We will utilize a small core group of staff to complete the work needed and moved to alternative options for packing to minimize risk and exposure.
We have postponed any large events and participation in those events, upon the recommendation of state and local officials.