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Annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign:
More than 29 million meals
On June 9, 2022 Harvest for Hunger Co-Chairs Bill Lacey, Amazon, and Vanessa Whiting, A.E.S. Management 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 $9.7 million and thousands of pounds of food to provide 29.3 million nutritious meals for local hunger relief organizations.
The Bag of Hope Award, which is given to organizations that have 200 or more employees, was presented to Chagrin Valley Fire Department and Chagrin Schools. Jake Fried, the coordinator, and his community collected almost 3,000 pounds of food and $600 with the help of the local schools. Jake used his relationships in the community to educate residents about the Food Bank and get the community involved in the drive. He worked with local news to get coverage of their fundraising activities locally.
The Edmond V. Worley Award, named after the first executive director of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, is given to organizations with less than 200 employees and was presented to Van Auken Akins Architects LLC. They ran an internal fundraiser with a variety of events for their staff and raised just over $6,000 this year! Their leadership is very involved with the Food Bank and that trickles down to their staff. VAA is a small but mighty group committed to supporting their community!
The Rory Borgio Award is presented to a remarkable school that is working to improve their community. This year’s award goes to Hathaway Brown. The students ran a school-wide food drive where they collected 350 pounds of food. The second-grade students had an opportunity to visit the Food Bank for an overview and tour. They helped weigh and sort their donations and learned about how their donations will help their community. The students also learned what food insecurity means and hopefully walked away with awareness about the mission of the Food Bank.
The Student Leadership Award is given to a remarkable young individual who is working to help improve their community. This year, 2 students were recognized. The students are Nina Bauman from Baldwin Wallace College and Greg Perryman from Beachwood High School and Hope Soars. Both of these students worked hard to collect and raise funds and food for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and truly showed leadership in their communities.
Workplace Coordinator of the Year: Jenny Hamilton, Thompson Hine LLC