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A brief overview of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
A group of civic-minded individuals joined together to create the Cleveland Foodbank, an innovative initiative to confront the critical issue of hunger in our community.
Founders included members of the food industry, anti-food waste advocates, and individuals concerned with fighting hunger.
The Cleveland Foodbank was incorporated to serve as a resource for both food industry donors and local charities feeding the hungry. The Foodbank served as a single clearinghouse that could solicit, collect, sort, and distribute food in a more efficient manner.
In its first year, the organization distributed more than 400,000 pounds of food to 100 local partner agencies.
Food Rescue of Northeast Ohio
The Foodbank merged with Food Rescue of Northeast Ohio, a longtime ally and nonprofit food distributor.
Food Rescue of Northeast Ohio has primarily focus on providing fresh, frozen, and prepared food while the Foodbank had focused on nonperishable food. With the merger, the Foodbank is now able to provide local hunger centers with access to a wider variety of nutritious food for their clients.
Merger with GCCH
The Cleveland Foodbank merged with the Greater Cleveland Committee on Hunger, the organization that ran the Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive.
The 21-county Harvest for Hunger campaign is now coordinated from under the Foodbank roof.
Our Big Move
The Cleveland Foodbank moved to a new 128,000 square foot facility, complete with a kitchen, warehouse space, cooling facilities, and repack area.
The new facility also included space to house our entire staff, including our program agency and benefit outreach teams. Programs operating out of five different facilities were moved under one roof!
Awarded National Food Bank of the Year
The Children's Nutrition Initiative launches at the Foodbank, which includes programs like the Kid's Cafe and Backpacks for Kids.
Named "Foodbank of the Year" by America's Second Harvest, now known as Feeding America.
The Mobile Pantry Program
The Mobile Pantry Program is established, bringing healthy, perishable food directly to underserved communities in Northeast Ohio.
First Summer Feeding
The Summer Food Service program begins at the Foodbank. More than 128,000 meals were served at 32 locations to school age children in low-income areas, when school was out and children needed nutritious food most.
Help Center Opens
Our Help Center opened its doors to assist clients over the phone with filling out SNAP applications and additional benefits, as well as refer them to emergency food in their neighborhood.
The Cleveland Foodbank, which had grown since 1979 to serve more than 700 agencies in six Northeast Ohio counties, changed its name to reflect the expanse of its service area.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, as the organization is now known, continues to operate in Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Richland Counties.
The Cargill Cold Storage Center
The Cargill Cold Storage Center opens to more than double our cold storage capacity to 22,000 square feet to store fresh fruits, vegetables, and other perishable foods.
Launch of Senior Markets
The Food Bank launches its first Senior Markets, which provide nutritious meals to help seniors live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes. Meals, prepared in our kitchen, are delivered to community centers or picked up by partners for delivery to homebound seniors on a daily basis.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank continues to provide nutritious food to our service area every day. The Food Bank has grown to serve more than 940 partner agencies.
Through various efforts, the Food Bank made possible more than 55 million nutritious meals to hungry individuals.
New Strategic Plan
The Food Bank’s Board approved a new three-year strategic plan. In this new plan, the Food Bank will reach even more individuals, families, and seniors in need of our help while also beginning to measure our work in new ways to improve client services, access to food resources and outcomes.
The pandemic hit. The Food Bank provided food to 62,000 new households and 9 million more pounds of food to those in need in our community.