WALNUT CREEK, Calif., March 3, 2017 — Brown and Caldwell, a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm, is joining the fight against hunger in a dozen counties around Cincinnati, a region where children’s eligibility in the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program has skyrocketed, with a $30,000 donation to the Freestore Foodbank.
With Brown and Caldwell’s support of $10,000 each year for three years, all children from an entire school will be supplied with bundled food to take home every weekend for an entire school year through the Freestore Foodbank’s key initiative, the Power Pack program.
“As an environmental engineering firm, Brown and Caldwell is in the business of making sure our clients’ communities have access to clean, reliable water,” said Geoff Grant, Brown and Caldwell vice president. “Accessibility to healthy food is just as important, so that is why we are honored to partner with the Freestore Foodbank to provide this support for three consecutive school years.”
Grant, based in Cincinnati, reached out to the food bank after reading the ongoing series in the Cincinnati Enquirer regarding poverty and the school lunch program.
“We feel great that the Power Pack program will reach so many deserving children,” said Grant.
Ninety-four percent of donations to Freestore Foodbank go directly to programs and services. Freestore Foodbank serves 20 counties, with the Power Pack program focused in Hamilton, Clermont, Clinton, Pike and Scioto Counties in Ohio and Campbell, Kenton, Boone and Grant Counties in Northern Kentucky.
“Every day, more than 94,000 children are among the 290,000 people in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana who are at risk of hunger,” said Kurt Reiber, President and CEO of the Freestore Foodbank. “We truly appreciate the support of Brown and Caldwell as we work to ensure that children have the fuel that they need to grow healthy and strong. We are thankful for this partnership as we work together to solve hunger.”