As the summer heat wave continues, the Cleveland Foodbank is facing an unprecedented time of growth in service to those in need, especially children. Poverty rates are at an all-time high with one in six Ohio families struggling to put food on the table according to a recent survey completed at Case. There are 98,380 children in the Cleveland Foodbank’s service territory that live in food insecure homes.
This summer, the Foodbank is partnering with 42 local organizations to provide meals to children as part of our Summer Feeding program. In addition, all of our programs will be serving more food to families and children to help fill the gap this summer.
The Community West Foundation, the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust and the estate of John Minco as well as many major individual donors have stepped forward to help. These Foundations and donors will match individual and corporate donations to the Cleveland Foodbank this summer, up to $500,000.
This is the largest matching gift campaign ever for the Foodbank.
Anne Goodman, president and CEO, Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Foodbank staff and volunteers will be serving lunch to children who are receiving the meals as part of this program. Goodman will also be available for interviews.
This dollar-for-dollar matching gift challenge means that every dollar donated from now until August 31 will be DOUBLED until the match total of $1 million is met. Traditionally, the Cleveland Foodbank provides enough nutritious food for four meals for every dollar donated, but thanks to this generous gift from the Foundations and individual donors, one donated dollar will now provide eight meals, with the potential of providing 8 million meals to those in need.
Please help us fight hunger this summer: