Greater Cleveland Food Bank

by Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Project Report | Jul 12, 2022
An Update from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

By Leah Markovich | Foundation and Grants Specialist

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB) knows we could not serve nearly as many people without the generous contributions of our supporters, but this year, that feels truer than ever. The GCFB, our partners and our neighbors are all facing the increasing cost of food, and the support of people like you helps ensure we can sustain much-needed hunger relief efforts for our neighbors across Northeast Ohio. 

The average Ohioan is currently facing an additional $490 in monthly transportation, energy, food and shelter expenses as a result of inflation. These extra expenses can have an extraordinary impact on many families, particularly senior citizens and individuals with disabilities living on fixed incomes. As a result, we are seeing more people turn to the GCFB and our partners for support, including some who have never before relied on emergency food assistance. 

However, as the GCFB strives to serve the hundreds of thousands of individuals and families who rely on our services to make ends meet, we are working to navigate increases in food and fuel costs as well as decreases in government support. Below are just a few ways our work has been impacted by supply chain issues and inflation:

  • Despite our ability to purchase in bulk, food banks in Ohio today are paying $1.04 for a pound of food that cost just .42 cents a year ago. 
  • Specifically, the GCFB has seen our food costs increase on average between 20-26% depending on the item.
  • In just the past few months, 46 loads of much-needed USDA food donations have been canceled for the GCFB, totaling 1.58 million pounds. Overall, the GCFB has seen a 40% decrease in USDA food donations this year.
  • Due to sharp increases in diesel costs, our fleet costs alone will be at least $140,000 over budget this year.

Despite these challenges, the GCFB has been able to sustain our high level of distribution. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we have been able to provide 30.7 million pounds of nutritious food to more than 266,800 people so far this fiscal year. We are truly grateful that our community continues to stand with us in the fight against hunger to help make this important work possible. Thank you for being a part of this effort and for helping to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. 

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Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Location: Cleveland, OH - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @clefoodbank
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Amy Kocian
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Amy Kocian
Cleveland , OH United States

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