The Freestore Foodbank distributes over 19 million pounds of food annually. In 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, we have a trusted network of over 275 local member agencies. Member agencies include soup kitchens and shelters, food pantries, churches, daycare and senior centers, and many other community and social services organizations.
Our Customer Connection Center distinguishes the Freestore Foodbank from other food banks. The Customer Connection Center (in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine) works to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable citizens: the homeless, the unemployed, the working poor, and families in crisis. By providing emergency food, we work to determine the root causes of poverty and food insecurity, and this allows us to offer services aimed at creating self-reliance.
When people come to us for food, we help them find the other things they may need — a safe place to live, government benefits they need, access to affordable health care, clothing or job skills and placement. In our line of work, food is not the end product. Rather, food is the vehicle for a larger conversation that leads to self-reliance.
We provide food and services, create stability, and further self-reliance for people in crisis.
To be the leader of a community mobilized to end hunger and address its causes.
Commitment: We will not accept hunger.
Compassion: We embrace diversity.
Respect: We are in service with our neighbors.
Empowerment: Those we serve can succeed independently.
Community: We collaborate with others in our region.