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Freestore Foodbank feeding kids kept home by weather

The Freestore Foodbank provided 300 of these power packs to Community Matters for distribution to residents of Lower Price Hill (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) The Freestore Foodbank provided 300 of these power packs to Community Matters for distribution to residents of Lower Price Hill (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Tens of thousands of children across the Tri-State have been home from school this week due to the weather, but many of those kids from needy families have not been able to get the breakfast and lunch they normally get at school.

One Cincinnati neighborhood bags of food called power packs are being given out to make sure those children have something to eat over the weekend.

Each of these power packs contain several food items that will last a good while without refrigeration including fruit juice, pasta meals and oatmeal bars. It's all very nutritious and kid friendly.

That's because these food items are ready to eat or need just a minute or two in the microwave. 

The Freestore Foodbank provided 300 of these power packs to Community Matters for distribution to residents of Lower Price Hill like Floyd Caldwell. He says it means a lot to needy families. 

[LIST: Power pack distribution locations]

“It's very important, you know, for the people around here that ain't got nowhere to live and they need food, you know what I mean, and I'm thankful for it," said Caldwell.

With several children to care for Jessie Miller explains how much the power packs mean to her family. 

“A lot especially when you got like six kids, sometimes seven in the house and you got like a big household. It really does come in handy because money don't go as far as you want it to” said Miller.

Freestore Foodbank President and CEO Kurt Reiber says making sure area kids don't go hungry is part of their mission. 

“That's 145-thousand kids. Right now every week the Freestore distributes 4500 power packs and those 4500 power packs go to the most neediest kids in the tri state area,” said Reiber.

Community Matters President, Jen Walters says for many families the power packs are the only food source they can depend on. 

“For a lot of our residents in Lower Price Hill that have children this is the consistent food that they get during the week and so knowing that they have food that they can also take home on the weekend becomes something that they depend upon and so with school being out this entire week and then going into the weekend it can meet a huge gap in people's food situation,” said Walters.

More than 200 of these power packs are being distributed this evening at Amelia High School in Clermont County. It's one of 20 counties being served by the Freestore Foodbank in the Tri-State.

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