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40 Faces of the Food Bank

About/40 Faces of the Food Bank

In 2019, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank celebrates 40 years of service to our communities. We look forward to a year of reflecting, celebrating, and honoring all of the people who have impacted our work in the Greater Cleveland community through the 40 Faces Campaign.

1.   Jedene Westmoreland

Jedene Westmoreland is a cook in the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kitchen. Jedene has worked tirelessly at the Food Bank for more than 30 years. She’s the longest-standing employee and was recently honored as Employee of the Year. Jedene has been dedicated to the Food Bank for more than three decades. Her work touches so many lives, from clients, to volunteers, to her coworkers. Watch this video to see her in action.

2.   LaTonya

LaTonya is a single mother of three children, Makayla, Makezie, and Israel. She works hard to ensure her kids have what they need to grow up. But life has been difficult for her. Her children's father passed away, leaving LaTonya to support her young family alone. Then, a few years ago, she became unemployed, often finding temporary jobs that would still fall short of making ends meet. Then, the family relied on Food Bank programs including Kid's Cafes and produce distributions. Now, LaTonya and her family are more secure. She's working and continuing her education. They might not need the same support of the Food Bank anymore, but we're glad we were here when she did. Read her full story by clicking here.

3.   Miriam

Miriam came to the United States from the Ukraine in 1992 with her family, including children and grandchildren. Now “86 years young,” Miriam and her husband receive fresh produce and other food at their senior apartment building from the Kosher Food Pantry, a partner of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The Kosher Food Pantry delivers groceries to many senior apartment buildings in eastern Cuyahoga County, touching the lives of so many seniors, including Miriam. Watch this video to meet Miriam and see the work of the Kosher Food Pantry in action.

4.   Shamari Ferguson

Shamari Ferguson has been volunteering at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank with the Cuyahoga East Vocational Educational Consortium (CEVEC) for two years. CEVEC students have been volunteering at the Food Bank for more than a decade. Through her work in the Food Bank's Kitchen, Shamari has blossomed into an independent woman with hirable skills. She hopes to be competitively employed soon. Shamari loves working at the Food Bank because, simply, she loves to help people. Read more about Shamari here.

Photography generously donated by Bridget Caswell Photography.