Posted August 26, 2019 in Press Releases
For Immediate Release
August 26, 2019
Contact: Karen Pozna
216.738.2132, Cell: 216.214.9436
Strike Out Hunger presented by Meijer was a Great Success!
Cleveland, OH – The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is thrilled to announce that the 2019 Strike Out Hunger campaign presented by Meijer and in partnership with the Cleveland Indians raised more than $50,000 which will help to provide more than 200,000 meals for people in need in our community.
The Cleveland Indians, Major League Baseball and Meijer all contributed significant gifts to the campaign to ensure its success. Fans got into the action during the Indians vs. Royals series August 23 – 25 by bringing non-perishable food donations to the games, donating to the campaign online, and at the ballpark where they received a player autographed photo in exchange for a $20 donation to the Food Bank on the concourse.
The players helped knock out hunger as well. Jason Kipnis made a $5,000 donation; Tyler Naquin signed autographs for fans on Saturday morning for a monetary donation to the Food Bank; and Nick Wittgren, Nick Goody, Greg Allen and Adam Cimber also supported the efforts by taking photos with fans at the gates for a donation. Greg Allen, Shane Bieber, Mike Freeman, Brad Hand, Jordan Luplow, Kevin Plawecki, Adam Plutko, Franmil Reyes, and Carlos Santana were the players who each signed autographs for the photo exchange.
SportsTime Ohio personalities visited the Food Bank and helped promote the campaign throughout the weekend series.
“We are so thrilled and thankful for the support from the Cleveland Indians, Meijer and the fans!” said Kristin Warzocha, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “This money will help support thousands of hungry people in our community, many who are making tough choices between food or medicine or utilities. On behalf of them, thank you!”
“We are so thankful to Meijer and our fans for their generous donations to help our hungry neighbors.” said Rebecca Kodysh, Executive Director of Community Impact for the Cleveland Indians. “This is our third and best year yet with the Strike Out Hunger Campaign. MLB’s new league-wide “Home Plate Project” that has been developed in partnership with the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and Big League Impact has been a difference maker for us, allowing us to donate even more to help fight childhood hunger. We are so grateful to be a part of these combined efforts in our community.”
“We’re committed to helping end food insecurity and are thrilled the Strike Out Hunger campaign surpassed its goal. Meijer knows the Greater Cleveland Food Bank makes a big impact feeding hungry families throughout Northeast Ohio, and we’re honored to help them make a difference,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving at Meijer.
In honor of the Food Bank celebrating 40 years of fighting hunger in our community, our goal was to raise $40,000.
Additionally, Chobani has teamed up with Meijer to provide an additional donation to local food bank partners near Northeast Ohio Meijer stores.
We are grateful to our community for helping Strike Out Hunger!
About the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is celebrating 40 years of service to the community in 2019. It is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided more than 57 million meals in FY2018 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. Our mission is working together to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. We do this through both food distribution and SNAP outreach efforts.