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Lift Up America, Cleveland Indians, Tyson Foods, Food Bank and Insurance Partners Agency Team Up For Food Drive at Progressive Field

Posted September 05, 2014 in Press Releases

Lift Up America, Cleveland Indians, Tyson Foods, Food Bank and Insurance Partners Agency Team Up For Food Drive at Progressive Field

Lift Up America and the Cleveland Indians teamed up with Tyson Foods for the seventh consecutive year to help bring the gift of food to more than 30 Cleveland-area agencies at Progressive Field.

The Indians organization hosted a press conference beginning at noon, along with more than 100 employees from Tyson Foods, Lift Up America, Insurance Partners Agency, Inc. and the Food Bank, to assist with the food distribution scheduled to last until 1:00 p.m. Indians radio personality Jim Rosenhaus emceed the event.

“Hunger is a basic need that goes unmet for many families in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Indians are proud to host this food drive to combat hunger as part of our commitment to the region’s communities,” said Rebecca Kodysh, Executive Director of Community Impact for the Cleveland Indians.

Since 2004, Lift Up America has partnered with corporations, pro sports teams and non-profit organizations to help communities in times of need. In total, the groups provided 30,000 pounds of protein to Cleveland-area food agencies.

"We are excited to work with the Indians, Tyson Foods and Insurance Partners again this year. Through these efforts in fighting hunger, we hope that we can serve as an example for our youth and encourage the next generation to be Ambassadors of Compassion,” said Eric Hannah, president of Lift Up America.

"Our communities and people are intertwined and depend on each other. Each of us has or will experience challenging times. We're honored to help with this important effort and challenge every person to do what they can,” said George Dadas, president of Insurance Partners Agency,
presenting sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.

September is Hunger Action Month and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is calling upon its communities to take action to fight domestic hunger. The Food Bank provides food and critical nonfood products to more than 700 programs that serve hungry men, women and children. A 2014 Feeding America study found that in Northeast Ohio, more than 574,000 people turn to hunger programs annually.

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