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The Greater Cleveland Food Bank Releases FY23-FY25 Strategic Plan
When the Greater Cleveland Food Bank was founded in 1979, its goal was to connect local nonprofits to surplus food from the food industry, keeping food from going to waste. Over the years, the organization has gone from focusing on pounds of food distributed, to meals made possible, to people assisted, to progress toward ending hunger. This is in alignment with our mission, to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day, and we move closer to this aspirational mission every day as we build capacity, increase community engagement in our work, and partner with new organizations to collaborate to reach every Northeast Ohioan who needs us.
In FY22, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and our partners served roughly 349,000 unduplicated residents in our six-county service area. Unfortunately, 557,900 residents are income eligible for food from the Food Bank, at 200% of poverty or below (In 2022: below $36,620 for a family of two, or $46,060 for a family of three.) This leaves a gap of roughly 208,000 people who are income eligible for assistance and not receiving it.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank team, including Board, staff, volunteers, donors, partners, and the community, has been working diligently to build the physical capacity needed to reach more people with more nutritious food. With the Food Bank’s current expansion plan, the largest capital project in our history, the Food Bank will have the physical space to do just that. In the next three years, we must work creatively and use our new capacity to reach more people with food, benefits access, and wrap-around services to address hunger today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime.