Freestore Foodbank encourages clients who make use of our emergency food services to meet with staff members and discuss other ways Freestore Foodbank can help meet their needs. We provide referrals to partner agencies that can assist clients with housing, clothing, money management and job assistance. We provide referrals to our programs or to other social services agencies to ensure that all needs are met. Through this process, Freestore Foodbank goes beyond clients’ nutrition to work to end the root causes of hunger and poverty.
Social Services Department
The social services department provides food, hygiene products, infant care products and household items.
Everybody Rides Metro provides bus tokens for verified work and medical appointments.
The Back on Track Clothing Program provides individuals with free work-related and emergency clothing for themselves and their families.
Other services include: birth certificate and ID replacement and fan and heater distribution. Additionally, Freestore Foodbank staff can also make referrals to other social services agencies for persons dealing with homelessness, disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse and domestic violence.
Emergency food assistance is available Monday – Friday 8am-3:30pm.
Freestore Foodbank accepts donations of food, clothing and household items in our Front Bay from Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.
Benefit Enrollment Center
Benefits Outreach Program
The Benefits Outreach Program helps those eligible apply for Medicaid and SNAP (Food Stamps) using the Ohio Benefit Bank. We partner with other community agencies to determine who is in need of medical insurance or food assistance, and we assist them with the application process from start to finish, ensuring that all requirements are met.
Homeless Prevention Programs
Our Homeless Prevention programs include Rapid Re-Housing, SSI Jobs and eviction prevention.
- Rapid Re-Housing works with area shelters to place homeless clients in housing
- SSI Jobs helps single clients experiencing homelessness apply for SSI benefits. It also provides connection to clinical exams, housing assistance, job training, mental health and substance abuse care.
- Homeless Prevention Retention Program is designed to assist clients from being evicted and becoming homeless.
Our Housing Services work to provide safe, stable and affordable housing through emergency housing search, rental assistance and housing case management.
- Direct Rent works with tenants and landlords to ensure timely rent payment and facilitates a monthly group with speakers on financial literacy, tenant rights, employment and community resources.
- HUD Subsidized Housing provides housing placement and case management to self reliance for those who are chronically homeless.
For individuals unable to manage their own money, our Protective Payee Program can help with budgeting, banking, advocacy and crisis intervention. The program also manages timely rent and bill payment. Hamilton County Mental Health, MRDD, Health Care for the Homeless and other social services organizations often refer individuals to our program.