Greater Cleveland Food Bank

HFH 2014 Comes to a Close

Pictured above are City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson with Harvest for Hunger Co-Chairs Andrea Hogben and Howard Lewis

Harvest for Hunger Co-Chairs Andrea Hogben, President of Northeast Ohio Media Group, and Howard Lewis, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Family Heritage, announced the results of this year’s Harvest for Hunger community-wide food and funds drive at an event on June 12.

Anne Goodman, Food Bank President & CEO also spoke at the event to thank supporters.

The campaign set a new record, collecting just over $4 million and 348,000 lbs. of food to provide nutritious meals for local food pantries and soup kitchens.

More than 500 companies, schools, nonprofits and governmental entities in Northeast Ohio participated by running food and fund drives this year, raising nearly $1.1 million. In addition, Check Out Hunger, a cashier-led fundraising effort in grocery stores across the region during March raised $1,416,032. Buehler’s, Fisher Foods, Giant Eagle, Heinen’s and Dave’s collected gifts from customers at their cash registers for the Harvest for Hunger campaign. 

“Hundreds of thousands of people including families and children are still struggling to put food on the table,” said Anne Goodman. “That is why Harvest for Hunger is so important, where every dollar donated can provide four nutritious meals. This community understands the need and has responded in a tremendous way – providing enough money and food for more than 16.6 million meals!”

At last year’s recognition ceremony, the Food Bank announced that 16.4 million meals were made possible.

Award Winners

Special awards were presented to companies and schools that went above and beyond the call of duty raised during this year’s drive:

  • The Bag of Hope Award, which is given to companies that have 200 or more employees, was presented to The MetroHealth System.  MetroHealth has participated in Harvest for Hunger since 1995. Led by long-time leader and organizer Dan Rossbach, more than 100 internal coordinators hosted events throughout their campaign including a pet photo contest, hot dog cookouts, and a successful gift basket raffle. The raffle included 66 custom made baskets designed by employees. MetroHealth’s contribution to this year’s campaign increased more than 60% over last year.
  • The Edmond V. Worley Award, named after the founding director of the Cleveland Foodbank, Ed Worley, and given to organizations with less than 200 employees, was presented to Herschman Architects. Staff organized CANstruction, an event that features structures built out of canned food.  These can structures were featured at Beachwood Mall for one week to raise awareness for Harvest for Hunger and the issue of hunger in our community. Nearly 27,000 pounds of food and $3,000 was donated to Harvest for Hunger as a result of this creative event.
  • David Pilkington is our 2014 Youth in Philanthropy award winner. This 11-year-old asked his place of worship, Lift Him Up Apostolic Faith Church, to help raise money for the campaign.  David and others from the Church attended a meeting at the Food Bank to tour the facility and learn more about Harvest for Hunger. He then took the initiative to create and run their Origami 4 Hunger fundraiser. Brother David handcrafted patterns and created themed displays encouraging parishioners to make a donation for their origami piece and place them in the display. This unique fundraiser at Lift Him Up Apostolic Faith Church raised more than $1,200 for Harvest for Hunger.

Media sponsors included Northeast Ohio Media Group, WKYC Channel 3, WOIO Channel 19, FOX 8, WEWS Channel 5, and Clear Channel Radio. Supermarket sponsors included Giant Eagle, Heinen’s Fine Foods, Dave’s Markets, Buehler’s Fresh Foods and Fishers Foods. The UFCW Local 880 also provided support.