Jul 21, 2021

An Update from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank - July 2021

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB) is so grateful that you wanted to join us in the fight against hunger! Even as many Ohioans are beginning to resume the activities and routines they enjoyed prior to COVID-19, for many others, the challenges of the pandemic remain a reality.  We expect that clients will continue to access our services at elevated levels for years to come as our community slowly recovers from the economic impacts of COVID-19.  During these challenging times, it is critical that the GCFB can be a reliable resource for all those who need us.  

The generosity of individuals like you helps ensure that we have the necessary resources to sustain our expanded operations for the hundreds of thousands of individuals and families who continue to rely on our essential hunger relief efforts. Through April of our FY2021 (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021), the GCFB and our partners have served more than 346,000 unduplicated individuals. This is still a significant increase compared to the number of people we were serving before the onset of COVID-19. For reference, we served a little more than 300,000 people during our entire FY2019 – the last completed fiscal year before the pandemic.

Below please find a few other accomplishments we have been able to achieve through April of our FY2021 with the support of generous donors like you:

  • Distributed a total of 31 million pounds of food towards our goal of providing 58 million pounds of food during our FY2021.
  • Of the food we’ve provided, approximately 72% has been Food to Encourage, which includes nutritious fresh produce, dairy and protein items to support the health and well-being of the people we serve.
  • Submitted more than 9,100 applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other public benefits on behalf of our clients to support their long-term food security
  • Connected nearly 7,500 clients to impactful non-profit partners specializing in healthcare, housing and employment to help families address the root causes of food insecurity
  • Continued to serve on average nearly 2,000 clients each week at our non-contact, drive-through distributions hosted at the City of Cleveland’s Municipal (Muni) Lot as part of our emergency response efforts

With the urgent needs of so many individuals facing diminished food resources, stretching limited incomes and living from paycheck to paycheck, we must remain relentless in our commitment to safely get more food into the hands of those that need it most. We want to thank you for helping to make this important work possible, and for helping support the ongoing needs of our neighbors facing food insecurity.

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Mar 23, 2021

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Update

As the Greater Cleveland Food Bank marks the one-year anniversary of providing emergency response efforts for Northeast Ohio, we still recognize the urgency to help support the thousands of individuals and families who have been so deeply impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Knowing the challenges that some families face, we are incredibly grateful for the way our community continues to rise to the occasion to help support our neighbors. I want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for helping to support our hunger relief efforts during this critical time and for helping us to serve more children, families, seniors and individuals than ever before.

From March 15, 2020 through February 28, 2021, we have served more than 163,000 households through our emergency response efforts. Of those households served, more than 55,600 were new households, seeking assistance from us and our partners for the first time. During this last year, the support of our community has also helped us provide more than 218,600 backpacks for children, each containing six child-friendly meals, and more than 530,000 emergency food boxes filled with fresh produce and shelf-stable food to help support families during this challenging time. Never before have we seen such a drastic increase in the number of people turning to us and our partners for assistance. We know we simply could not have served this many clients without the support of individuals like you.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people rely on our services to help make ends meet; but now more than ever, we must remain relentless in our commitment to ensuring everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need. We will continue to work with our community and build on our work from this last year in order to provide the most impactful services possible for our clients. Together, we can continue to make a true difference in the health and well-being of our neighbors.

Thank you again for joining us in the fight against hunger!

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Nov 23, 2020

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Update

As we enter the holiday season during a year none of us could have expected, I want to again thank you for your support. September 30th marked the end of our 2020 Fiscal Year and it is an honor to share the progress we have made in combatting hunger in partnership with you.  With the multitude of challenges impacting all of us, we are grateful for our community’s generosity allowing us to expand and modify our efforts to reach a record number of clients.

During our FY2020, we were able to increase our total distribution by nearly 8.5 million pounds from FY2019, largely due to the expanded programming that was part of our COVID-19 emergency response efforts. This expanded programming included weekly distributions at the City of Cleveland Muni lot, home-delivered meals to seniors who are homebound and individuals with disabilities and the distribution of “grab and go” meals to our children’s programs.  This additional work did not deter us from the goals outlined in our FY2019 – FY2021 Strategic Plan to enhance our programs and organizational capacity. 

We know our work is only beginning.  One in five children and one in six people in our service area live in a food-insecure household unsure of where their next meal will come from.  We face an uncertain road ahead in light of the pandemic.  Thank you for being a part of a community that has the determination to make things better. Your support truly does make a difference.


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