Freestore Foodbank to hold holiday distribution

Posted at 6:22 AM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 12:39:02-05

CINCINNATI - An estimated one in six people in the Tri-State face the threat of hunger as local food banks rise up to combat the issue this holiday season.

Organizers at the Freestore Foodbank plan to distribute more than 350,000 pounds of food to about 20,000 people over the next three days.

Lines are expected to form even earlier this year ahead of the 8 a.m. start time. The charity will distribute food until 6 p.m.

The schedule will run 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday as well. The distribution runs 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.

Families will get a bag of produce and either a turkey or a chicken.

Each household will also get what's called a holiday box with canned vegetables, fruit, cranberry or pumpkin, stuffing or rice, onions, potatoes, apples, macaroni and cheese, and brownie mix or another dessert.

Freestore Foodbank President and Chief Executive Officer Kurt Reiber said they're trying to reach a $1 million in online donations by the end of the year. Currently, they're about $50,000 short.

"Folks can really help out and support us and when they think about it think that 94 percent out of every resource that comes into the Freestore Foodbank goes directly to helping our neighbors that makes a real impact,” Reiber said.

To help continue the Freestore Foodbank’s mission, people can donate online at