HFH Recognition Ceremony
ANNUAL HARVEST FOR HUNGER CAMPAIGN SETS NEW RECORD: More than 37 million meals
On June 8, 2021 Harvest for Hunger Co-Chairs Sean Richardson, Huntington and Bill Lacey, GE Lighting, a Savant company, thanked donors for their contributions to this year’s Harvest for Hunger community-wide food and funds drive at the recognition event. Kristin Warzocha, Food Bank President & CEO also spoke at the event to thank supporters. The campaign set a new record, collecting over $9.3 million and thousands of pounds of food to provide 37,271,671 million nutritious meals for local hunger relief organizations.
Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest annual, community-wide food and funds drives in the nation covering 21-counties. Other participating food banks include the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.
More than 220 companies, schools, nonprofits and governmental entities in Northeast Ohio participated by running food and fund drives this year, raising over $2.3 million.
In addition, Check Out Hunger, a cashier-led fundraising effort in grocery stores across the region during the six-week campaign raised over $1.7 million. Buehler’s, Dave’s Markets, Fisher Foods, Giant Eagle, GetGo, Heinen’s Grocery Store and Lucky’s Market collected donations from customers at their cash registers for the Harvest for Hunger campaign.
“The Greater Cleveland Food Bank served more than 414,000 clients last year. These clients are faced with making very difficult choices like paying for food or medicine, food or utilities and they are struggling to make ends meet, especially since the onset of the pandemic, which has only increased the need” said Kristin Warzocha. “That is why Harvest for Hunger is so important, where every dollar donated can help provide four nutritious meals. This community understands the need and has responded in a tremendous way – providing enough money and food for over 37 million meals!”