An Update from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank - July 2021
By Amy Kocian - Senior Manager of Foundation Relations
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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