Freestore Foodbank

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Volunteers planned to pack a thousand weekend lunch bags for children Monday afternoon at Fountain Square.  The "Power Packs" are sent home with children when they leave school on Friday.

Freestore Foodbank CEO Kurt Reiber says the bags of food are given to children who usually rely on school lunches, so they have enough to eat over the weekend.

Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati’s “Holiday Food for Fines” program collected 3,580 canned foods for the Freestore Foodbank and resulted in $12,780 in parking fines collected.

The program gave people with outstanding parking tickets a chance to have the late fees waived in exchange for 10 donated canned goods.

According to City Manager Harry Black, 286 people took advantage of the city’s offer; and, in some cases, people donated more than the required 10 cans of food. The people who participated were required to make a payment of $45 in addition to donating the canned food.

The living dead will be back on the streets of Cincinnati on September 27 for this year’s Zombie Walk, proceeds benefitting the Freestore Foodbank. Jim Nolan visits with the living souls behind this undead stroll, Rocky Doll, Scotty D. and Brian Anderson.

A pilot collaboration between Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Freestore Foodbank is making a difference for under-nourished babies in its first two-years, as reported in the online journal Pediatrics.

The problem:

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USDA Administrator Audrey Rowe stopped in Cincinnati Monday. She participated in a roundtable discussion about ways to expand summer food programs for children.

Freestore Foodbank President Kurt Reiber says the goal is reducing childhood hunger during the summer months. That's when children who would normally benefit from free or reduced school lunch programs often go hungry.

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