Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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Greater Cleveland Food Bank works to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. 

As the central clearinghouse for donated and rescued food, the Food Bank solicits, collects, sorts, and distributes nonperishable food, fresh produce, perishable and frozen food, and prepared meals to local hunger centers and other nonprofit agencies. 

In 2017, the Food Bank distributed more than 45 million pounds of food and other essential products to more than 940 programs in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Richland and Ashland counties. 

We also prepare nutritious meals in our Cleveland Food Bank Kitchen and take hundreds of calls a day in our help center, where we refer low income callers to local agencies and sign-up eligible Northeast Ohioans for the SNAP programs and other benefits. Last year, through our SNAP outreach efforts, we provided applications assistance resulting in 17.5 million meals for eligible people in Northeast Ohio. 

The majority of the pantries and hot meal programs that receive food from the Food Bank have no paid staff and are run completely by volunteers. 

Of the clients our agencies serve:

  •  28 percent are children
  •  16 percent are elderly
  •  23 percent of households have at least one member in poor health
  •  62 percent had to choose between paying for food or medicine
  •  75 percent have incomes below the federal poverty level 

Every dollar donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank enables us to provide enough food for four nutritious meals to a hungry family.