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Greater Cleveland Food Bank

How, What & Where to Donate

How to donate

  • Start a Food & Funds Drive

    In addition to donating online, you can collect dollars and goods at your workplace, school, group or other organization by hosting a food and funds drive. Please call us to let us know of your drive at 216-738-2046 and leave a message. A staff person will be back in touch with you to learn about your drive and answer any questions you may have within 24 hours. We may also be able to help you better promote your drive, offer tips, suggestions and more.

What to donate


While monetary donations to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank are preferred, food donations are certainly welcome! Our member agencies find some items more in demand among their clients than others.

The six most needed food items are

  • beef stew
  • canned soup
  • canned vegetables
  • canned tuna
  • peanut butter
  • cereal

The six most requested non-food items are

  • deodorant
  • laundry detergent
  • shampoo
  • toilet paper
  • soap
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste

Where do I drop off the food that I collect?

Once your drive is over, please bring the food and money to the Food Bank. We consider your delivery to the Food Bank to be part of your generous contribution. 

To deliver food, simply drive around to the back of our building to the first garage door marked “Food Donations.” Pull your car up to the door, ring the bell and a member of our team will be available to assist you in unloading your car, weighing your donation, and providing you with a receipt of the total pounds of food contributed. 

An appointment is not needed to drop off donations. 
We have regular, convenient drop-off hours:
Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

We are located at
15500 S. Waterloo Rd.
Cleveland, OH
44110

If you have questions about directions or delivery, you can reach the Food Bank's food and funds manager Samantha Martin at 216-738-2140.


What do I do with the money that I collect?

If you would also like to make a monetary donation along with a food donation, please alert our staff while you are dropping off your food, and they will contact our accounting department to accept your donation. You may also simply mail your monetary donation to

15500 S. Waterloo Rd., 
Cleveland, OH 
44110

Please submit all monetary donations in the form of a check, or, make donation online. 


Make a monetary donation.

We can turn $1 into 4 meals.
Each year, 52 million meals are missed in the Food Bank’s service area. Our mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day through both food distribution and food stamp outreach efforts.

Your financial support is essential to bridging the meal gap in our community. Consider making a donation today.