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CPS, McCormick & Co and FreeStore Food Bank Partner to Open New Food Pantry

November 18, 2020

Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is excited to announce the grand opening of the Hartwell School food pantry.

Sponsored and stocked by McCormick & Co and Cincinnati’s FreeStore FoodBank, Hartwell’s pantry is one of 12 located within Cincinnati Public Schools and one of 49 pantries in other districts around the 20 counties served by the FreeStore FoodBank.

"Thank you McCormick Spices and FreeStore FoodBank for this wonderful partnership. This food pantry will not only benefit our students and their families, but the entire community. I am proud to be a part of this amazing team that made this food pantry a reality," Antwan Lewis, principal of Hartwell School.

"One of the greatest feelings is knowing that we, as an organization, can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that we can obtain. We are proud and grateful to be able to partner with Freestore Foodbank and Hartwell Elementary School to get one step closer to that goal," said Brandon Feagans, sales director, McCormick & Co.

"In order for our community to successfully grow beyond hunger, we need tremendous partners like McCormick & Co. and Hartwell Elementary School across the twenty counties we serve to provide immediate access for families — especially during these unprecedented times. With this true partnership, together we can bring food, connection and hope to our neighbors," said Trisha Rayner, FreeStore FoodBank chief development officer & VP of external affairs.

Hartwell's pantry is stocked with an assortment of items that range from meat and perishables, as well as paper towels, toilet paper, tissues and laundry detergent.

Each fall, the FreeStore FoodBank accepts applications from schools wanting to open food pantries. Schools earning a pantry receive shelving, a freezer, and monthly budgets to purchase items from the FreeStore to fill the pantries with food and hygiene items.

For information about applying for an in-school pantry, visit the FreeStore's website.

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