Help Us Provide Food For All

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank Capital Campaign


Our three-phase expansion plan is already enabling us to fight hunger today while we work to reduce food insecurity tomorrow.


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By pursuing these expansion plans, we can fight hunger today and reduce food insecurity tomorrow.

Through our expansion plans we will:


Phase 1

Completed November 2022

Partner Distribution Hub at Coit Road (2021-2022)

  • Constructed new community distribution center with increased dry food storage and increased capacity for partner distribution.
  • New distribution center with increased cooler and freezer space, expanded production kitchen, expanded workspace for volunteers and staff.
eye Take a virtual tour of our new facility below!

Phase 2

In Progress - Completion Fall 2023

Community Resource Center at S. Waterloo Road (2022-2023)

Renovate existing facility into Healthy-Choice Food Pantry and Community Resource Center.


Phase 3

In Progress

Additional Capacity Building (2024-2026)

  • Additional Community Resource Centers on south and west sides of our service area; increased partner capacity building with focus on underserved areas.

A transformative vision for fighting hunger in Northeast Ohio

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"We have the ability and the responsibility to address longtime challenges with new ideas and creative solutions. We have a plan to provide food for all - and we need your support today to make this vision a reality!"

— Co-Chairs, Howard Lewis & Manisha Sethi

Empowering People to Thrive

Community Resource Center at S. Waterloo Road

We know that many of our clients are forced to make difficult choices between paying food or other basic needs such as medication, rent, utilities, and more.

By creating improved access to a variety of resources conveniently located under one roof, we can better address the underlying causes of food insecurity and in turn, provide more opportunities for long-term economic stability.

Our Community Resource Center will be a place where various local nonprofit partners will provide on-site services to help clients access resources they need to address the common issues that cause food insecurity, which are often related to healthcare, housing, and employment. This inclusive approach will centralize impactful services, resources, and nonprofit partners in one convenient location to facilitate greater collaboration for our shared clients.

There has been great interest by nonprofit service providers that want to partner with us on this impactful project and the following organizations are confirmed to be on-site (conversations are still ongoing):

  • Benjamin Rose 
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Cuyahoga County Jobs and Family Services
  • CHN – Housing Partners
  • College Now
  • Diaper Bank of Greater Cleveland
  • Family Connections
  • Future Plans
  • Legal Aid
  • MetroHealth
  • Ohio Means Jobs
  • Shoes and Clothes for Kids
  • Towards Employment
  • United Way 211

We believe that by facilitating access to both healthy food and a variety of social service resources, we will be creating a unique and critical resource for Northeast Ohio and for our many neighbors in need.


additional households served at GCFB


additional meals distributed


additional kitchen meals provided

Estimated annual impact in our community by 2029

Expanding Our Reach

Additional Capacity Building

What we know from these past two years is that even with these expanded capacities, we will still have neighbors in need.

Our enhanced project scope will give us the opportunity to plan for additional Community Resource Centers on the south and west sides of our service area over the next few years (2024-2026) and increase the capacity of our programmatic partners to expand their services.

With the Food Bank’s enhanced capacity and ability to distribute even more healthy foods like fresh produce, lean proteins, and dairy, we will also need to help ensure that our over 1,000 programmatic partners have the resources they need to distribute more food to more people in need. Many of our partners have the desire to do more but may not have the financial resources to expand their services. About 80% of our emergency feeding programs have food budgets of less than $2,000/year. 

A transformative vision for fighting hunger in Northeast Ohio

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By making an investment in our network to help them do more, we can collectively reach more people who need us. Capacity-building projects will increase the ability of our partners to provide nutritious foods to clients by eliminating barriers with an intentional focus to increase the number of people who can access services. Barriers can include, but are not limited to, equipment, hours of operation, volunteer/staff capacity, transportation, marketing efforts, and operational support.

We believe that by making investments in our network of partners to help them break down barriers to serving more people, we will expedite getting more food and additional resources to those in our community that need them most.

Thank you to our campaign leadership for your dedication to this campaign!


  • Howard Lewis
  • Manisha Sethi

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Craig Arnold
  • Chris Connor
  • Karen Dolan
  • Chris Gorman
  • Dee & Jimmy Haslam
  • Carole Hoover
  • Audrey & Albert Ratner
  • Tom Williams

Campaign Leadership Committee

  • Ann Aber
  • Carrie Carpenter
  • Nan Cohen
  • Rev. Jawanza Colvin
  • Trina Evans
  • Carla Gall
  • Carran Gannaway
  • Beth Grove
  • Riddi Kline
  • Ricardo León
  • Catherine Mackovak
  • John Nestor
  • Kim Presses
  • Anthony Rego
  • Sean Richardson
  • John Sauerland
  • Joe Scaminace & Cindy Maglosky
  • Janet Rosel Smith
  • Maria Spangler
  • Paul Voinovich
  • Elissa Wuliger

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