Food banks prepare for holidays

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati is already calling this holiday season its busiest and most critical in its 38-year history.

Monday marks the start of the holiday food hand out. Hundreds of people began lining up before 8 a.m. Monday morning to get their Thanksgiving dinners.

The number of area families the Foodbank feeds on a weekly basis is up to 6.5 percent this year, which equals more than 3,000 families each month.

"I don't try to come down because I want to make sure those who really need it get it," said Jack Thompson, who was one of the people who lined up Monday. "This year with the economy, it's hard so I came down."

The Foodbank expects to hand out 630,000 pounds of food this holiday season, enough to feed approximately 18,000 families. Each household will get a box of food, a bag of produce and either a chicken or a turkey.

"More then any other year we've seen," said John Young, executive director of the Freestore Foodbank. "It has gone up 55 percent for 3 years it just keep going up."

Food may be picked up Monday, Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Freestore Foodbank at 112 East Liberty St. in Over-the-Rhine.

The Foodbank continues to look for donations. Their goal for the holiday season is $2 million.

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