The Food for All program was created by partnering with social service agencies and churches in rural eastern counties of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and reduces hunger in food deserts.
Food deserts are more common than you’d think. They can be found in urban neighborhoods and rural towns where access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food is limited. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may be served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
The USDA estimates 23.5 million people live in food deserts. More than half of these people are low-income. With more than 400,000 people living in poverty in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Catholic Charities is tackling food insecurity head-on by bringing every month a variety of nutritious food items to rural communities without established food pantries.
Every month, Catholic Charities travels to Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Brown, Adams and Hamilton counties with food. Working with local organizations, a pantry is set up for the day. Food is both purchased and donated from the Freestore Food Bank. Volunteers set up the food for distribution at each site.
This ministry is made possible through donations made to the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign.
Where are the pantries?
- St. Mary Catholic Church, Bethel, in Clermont County, on the second Friday of the month
- St. Columbkille Catholic Church, Wilmington, in Clinton County, on the second Thursday of every odd month.
- Blanchester Church of Christ, Blanchester, in Clinton County, on the second Thursday of every even month.
- Greater Life Assembly, Hillsboro, in Highland County, on the fourth Thursday of the month
- RULH/Ripley High School, Ripley, in Brown County, on the third Wednesday of the month
- Fairgrounds Administration Building, West Union in Adams County, on the fourth Tuesday of the month
Need Food Assistance
Please call (513) 672-3720.
Volunteers are needed from 9:00am to 1:30 pm at each mobile site. If you can help for a few hours or the whole time, call (513) 672-3720. You can bring a group or come alone. We have volunteers of all ages.