Dater Foundations Supports Freestore Foodbank Capital Campaign

Published Date: July 6, 2021

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Cincinnati, Ohio, July 26, 2021 -- The Charles H. Dater Foundation has made a $500,000 grant to the Freestore Foodbank for its Growing Beyond Hunger capital campaign.

To meet the need for missing meals and address the root causes of hunger in the Greater Cincinnati region, Freestore Foodbank’s (FSFB) transformative $30 million Growing Beyond Hunger (GHB) campaign is investing in three critical initiatives: a consolidated distribution and workforce center, partner capital, and strengthening its endowment. 

GBH will enable FSFB to meet the needs of the community by (1) expanding organizational and partner capacity to distribute more fresh food across 20 counties in our region and (2) help generate a sustainable, long-term funding source to allow FSFB to expand and pilot programs aimed at addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty.

The Dater Foundation is a long-time supporter of FSFB dating back to a $500 grant in the mid-eighties.  Recent support has focused on the Power Pack Childhood Hunger Prevention Program.  This GHB capital grant pushes total contributions well over the $1 million threshold.

Freestore Foodbank’s mission is to improve lives by eliminating hunger in partnership with our community, and our vision is to create a hunger-free, healthy, and thriving community. To achieve this vision, our objectives are to provide nutritious food, connect to support services and offer a pathway from crisis to stability.

The Dater Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs that benefit young people and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs.  Information about the grantmaking process and guidelines and links to an online grant application website are available at

The private foundation was established by fourth-generation Cincinnatian, businessman and philanthropist Charles Dater (1912-1993) to ensure that his resources would continue to fund worthwhile community programs after his death.  The foundation has made more than 3,300 grants totaling over $60 million since its inception in 1985. 

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