Oprah Winfrey partners with Kroger to end hunger, stops by the Freestore Foodbank
OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (WKRC) - At the Freestore Foodbank, 100 volunteers filled the packing area with people of all ages making sure all the snack packs were getting filled correctly, including Chase Curtis, a first-time volunteer.
"Just really just trying to impact the community as much as I can. I think that it's great to be able to give back and really show that we care and everything. So I'm just excited to be able to help out," said Curtis
Curtis says this room of helpers makes a big difference. And as everyone was hard at work, a person who partnered with Kroger to end hunger in the United States even decided to make a guess appearance.
"Please give a warm Cincinnati welcome to Oprah Winfrey," said the announcer.
Oprah Winfrey, the owner of 'O That's Good' food brand wanted to make sure the packed snacks going to Cincinnati schools where done right.
"Every step to zero hunger in this country, this city, this world is a step in the right direction," said Winfrey.
Winfrey made sure she got on the ground floor of the operation. During her time with volunteers, she talked with them about getting her message out to the community.
"There isn’t anything better than giving from the space of your own heart what you already have. It allows them to understand how working together as a community builds greater communities," said Winfrey.
Anna Dison got to pass Winfrey the bag of snacks in the assembly line.
"She kept being like, 'Let's get going; come on, let’s go!' She was empowering us to continue working harder and keep going,” said Dison.
Winfrey stopped to make sure everyone got a group photo with her before they started packaging the food.
"Crazy. I was like seriously, 'Oh my gosh, I'm in the same room as Oprah!' Never in a million years would I think I would meet Oprah," said Dison.
Winfrey made sure everyone who was volunteering knew how much their hard work will impact the Cincinnati community.