Greater Cleveland Food Bank

15500 S Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110, Usa
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Our mission Our mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.
COVID-19 Impact
COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

As the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Serves a Growing Need Because of COVID-19, Donations Are Essential to Keep Up With Demand

As the Greater Cleveland Food Bank Serves a Growing Need Because of COVID-19, Donations Are Essential to Keep Up With Demand

COVID-19 Impact Data
Volunteer hours lost 11,150.0
Financial loss $1,338,872

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

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Ways to help

Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the mission of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and your health and safety is our top priority. We will not be able to accept walk-in or unscheduled volunteers at this time. To register for a traditional volunteer role (Repack, Community Food Kitchen, Produce Distribution or Special Events), please check our website… See full description
  • 12-15, 55+, Child with Adult
  • One-time, Recurring
  • Weekdays, Weekends
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • In-person, Indoor, Outdoor, Food Packing, Delivery

Repacking

In our Repack area, volunteers assist on a variety of projects related to sorting through and packing up incoming donations before the food is eventually distributed to our partner programs in the community. Typical Repack projects include: Nonperishable Food Sorting and Packing, Backpacks for Kids Kit Assembly, Shelf Stable Emergency Kit Assembly, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program box Assembly. At this time, we are requiring all volunteers to be 14 or older in order to participate in our onsite Repack projects. Volunteers under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their shift.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Refrigerated Donation Intake

The Refrigerated Donation Intake project involves sorting through incoming perishable donations in our Retail Cooler. Be sure to dress warmly if you sign up for this opportunity!
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Food Distributions

At our Food Distribution events, volunteers assist with distributing food directly to the community! Typical volunteer tasks include loading food into client vehicles, client check-in, and traffic control.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

YP Pantry

Our young professionals group โ€“ YP Pantry โ€“ is comprised of a group of young philanthropic-minded leaders in our community. Members are motivated to take action and bring awareness to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the issue of hunger in Northeast, Ohio. They achieve this through fundraising, advocacy, social, and volunteer efforts geared toward their peers.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 21+
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Kitchen

On our kitchen projects, volunteers assist with preparing thousands of lunches each day for our Kids Cafe and Summer Feeding Programs. At this time, we are requiring all volunteers to be 14 or older in order to participate in our onsite Kitchen projects. Volunteers under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian for their shift.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings
Items we need now

Donate Food

The six most needed food items are:

  • beef stew
  • canned soup
  • canned vegetables
  • canned tuna
  • peanut butter
  • cereal

The seven most requested non-food items by our partner agencies are:

  • deodorant
  • laundry detergent
  • shampoo
  • toilet paper
  • soap
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
Learn More
How you help Volunteers are crucial to all operations of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, whether in traditional roles (collecting, sorting, and repacking food that comes through our warehouse every day) or using special skills to support with administrative functions or special projects.
About us Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure โ€“ meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank seeks to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed. The Food Bank operates a community food distribution center, providing food and other critical grocery products annually to more than 1,000 local food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters, mobile pantries, programs for the elderly and other nonprofit agencies. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having served more than 404,000 people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties in FY2020.
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