Freestore Foodbank to host MLK Pack-a-Thon

Freestore Foodbank to host MLK Pack-a-Thon

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Volunteers will gather on Fountain Square Monday afternoon to participate in the Freestore Foodbank's annual Power Pack-a-Thon event.

Participants will prepare Power Packs, which are packs of nutritious food that are given to grade school students each Friday during the school year to ensure they have something to eat over the weekend.

To help kick-off Power Pack-a-Thon, Panera Bread will present the Freestore Foodbank with a check to help support the Power Pack program.

The donation is made possible by Panera's 2013 Operation DoughNation® campaign. Panera Bread customers supported the fight against hunger by way of cash donation boxes located at the registers of the 15 bakery-cafes in Hamilton and Clermont Counties and Northern Kentucky.

Power Pack-a-Thon is the Freestore Foodbank's response to President Barack Obama's call to transform Martin Luther King Day into a national day of community service.

In its sixth year, the event has helped hundreds of volunteers in Cincinnati honor Martin Luther King Day while feeding thousands of Tri-State children.

While all volunteer slots for Power Pack-a-Thon are already filled, members of the community can still support the Power Pack program by donating at

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