Cuyahoga County Provides $345,000 to Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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Funds Will Support Emergency Food Distribution and Food for Children Through Backpacks for Kids Program

- Cuyahoga County will provide $345,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help purchase emergency food and bags of food for children.

This funding will go to support two programs. $250,000 will be used to purchase emergency food for distribution to clients and hunger centers, and $95,000 will be used to purchase bags of food for children as part of the BackPack for Kids program. BackPack for Kids allows the Food Bank to provide children with food to take home on Fridays after school to sustain them through the weekend.

These funds would buy more than 426,000 meals in total, including more than 33,000 bags of food for the BackPack for Kids program.

With the previous funds of $200,000 provided to the Food Bank in May, the County’s total contribution stands at $545,000.

“With the ongoing pandemic and economic fallout, food insecurity continues to grow in Cuyahoga County,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “These funds will help the Greater Cleveland Food Bank provide much-needed support to families in Cuyahoga County. I am grateful for the critical work the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is doing to help as many families as possible put healthy food on the table.”

“The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is exceedingly grateful to Cuyahoga County for the $345,000 contribution to the Food Bank for our efforts to help feed so many hungry families and individuals during this COVID-19 crisis,”
said President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Kristin Warzocha. “We are humbled and honored with the trust that is being placed in us by the County. The number of new families served by the GCFB and their partners for help since March 15th through November 15th is over 45,000 and nearly twice as many as we served last year during the same period. And over 1-in-3 families seeking assistance since the start of the pandemic are making their first emergency food visit. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank knows that the increased need for food will extend far beyond the end of 2020 and likely well into 2021.”

About the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided nearly 57 million meals in FY2020 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. The Food Bank continues to provide nutritious food to those in need while working to end hunger tomorrow through connecting clients to much-needed resources. For more information go to