CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Gold Star Chili has donated 350 cases of canned chili to the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank. The donation was part of the annual 3-Way 3-Pointer promotion with the Cincinnati Bengals. Every time the Bengals complete a 3-point field goal attempt, Gold Star Chili donates $300 worth of its canned chili to the Freestore. This year's donation, totals 8400 cans of chili, and weighs in at 3.25 tons of Cincinnati's very own hometown food.
Gold Star's 3-Way 3-Pointer is one of several 2012 initiatives implemented to benefit the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank. Earlier in the fall, Gold Star was a sponsor and its 96 restaurants were cash collection points for the Freestore's Power Pack program, which provides weekend meals to school children in economically challenged neighborhoods. Additionally, Gold Star is an annual participant in the Taste of the NFL, which also benefits the Freestore.
"When you are working around an abundance of food every day, it is shocking to learn how many millions of people are going hungry in this country," says Mike Rohrkemper, Gold Star Chili CEO. "We are in awe of the great work that the Freestore does in our community and look forward to continuing our relationship with them in years to come."
The Freestore Foodbank distributes over 16 million meals annually. In 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, the organization has a trusted network of over 350 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.