Cincinnati Coffee Festival Fundraiser Aims to Fight Hunger and Increase Water Quality

Participants can earn discounts to local coffee shops by making online donations.

Earlier this month, the Cincinnati Coffee Festival launched its “Fill the Cup” fundraiser to help fight food insecurity and protect drinking water. Throughout December, participants can make a $20 donation through the festival’s website and receive discounts and specials at local coffee shops by showing proof of your donation.

Photograph courtesy of Cincinnati Coffee Festival

The fundraiser comes after the cancellation of the 2020 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced earlier in the fall. The event typically raises around $50,000 for Ohio River Foundation’s (ORF) efforts to preserve and improve the river’s water. “We know how hard it’s been for nonprofits to raise money this year,” says Emily Carabello, vice president of Carabello Coffee, one of the participating coffee shops. “With the Cincinnati Coffee Festival cancelled this year, we knew that they were losing their big fundraiser. So, hopefully we can be a part of helping [Fill the Cup].”

All proceeds will be split between local nonprofits ORF, an organization focused on protecting and improving the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River, and Freestore Foodbank, whose mission is to improve lives by eliminating hunger in the Tristate.

“In this time of COVID-19, food needs have exploded around our region, which sparked the decision to partner with Freestore Foodbank for Fill the Cup,” ORF Executive Director Rich Cogen said in a press release. “We also want to support local coffee shops, which have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.”

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