Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Hunger Education and Speakers

Give Help/Advocate/Hunger Education and Speakers

To arrange for a speaker, please contact Mary O’Shea, Director of Advocacy: 216-738-2135 or The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is always available as a community resource.

For the General Public

Greater Cleveland Food Bank staff members are available to speak to the public about the Food Bank’s work. There is also a short DVD available that further illustrates our service to the community.

In 2014, the largest study of hunger in America ever conducted was released.  The Greater Cleveland Food Bank took part in this study and a local report was produced, giving a snapshot of hunger in Northeast Ohio:  who is hungry, the choices they face and the agencies that help. Please call for a presentation on Hunger in Our Community or take a look at this handout or presentation for local findings from the 2014 Hunger Study.

If you're interested in participating in the Harvest for Hunger campaign and would like a presentation, please contact us at

For Nonprofit Boards, Leadership Groups and Businesses

The Poverty Simulation is a unique, interactive experience for large groups (44 to 80) that helps individuals begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.  It moves people to think about the harsh realities of poverty and to talk about how communities can address the problem collectively.  Most importantly, it encourages people to make a difference.  

The simulation is based on the Missouri Community Action Model, and is facilitated at your facility by Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In 2013, Leadership Cleveland, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Municipal School District conducted the simulation for their members. The cost to conduct the half-day simulation is $250.

Want to learn more about how the poverty simulation works?  Check out this article that was written about a former simulation conducted for the Community West Foundation at Lutheran West High School.