The Cleveland Foodbank supplies a majority of the food used in local hot meal sites, shelters, and food pantries. In addition, we provide food to child centers, group homes, and programs for the elderly. The Food bank works closely with other Northeast Ohio hunger relief organizations, providing food and nonfood products to hunger center administered by the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, the Catholic Hunger and Shelter Network, and the Salvation Army, among others.
Our History: In 1979, a group of civic-minded individuals joined together to create the Cleveland Foodbank, an innovative method for confronting the critical issue of hunger in our community. Some of these people represented the food industry and expressed concern about the large amount of nutritious food going to waste each day. Others stood on the front lines in the fight against hunger and worried about the limited supply of food available to feed the hungry.
Working together, these individuals resolved that a single clearinghouse could solicit, collect, sort, and distribute food in a more efficient manner, ensuring improved operations for local charities in the Greater Cleveland area. The Cleveland Foodbank was incorporated to serve as a resource for both food industry donors and local charities feeding the hungry.
In the Foodbank’s first year of operation, the organization distributed 400,000 pounds of food to 100 local hunger relief organizations. In the past year the Cleveland foodbank distributed 27.3 million pounds of food and other essential products to 456 member agencies. This was enough food for our member agencies to serve over 21.3 million meals for individuals in need in our community.
For more information, please call (216) 991-8585 ext. 3117