The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided nearly 39 million meals in 2013 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. Our mission is 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 operates a community food distribution center, providing food and other critical grocery products annually to more than 700 local food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters, mobile pantries, programs for the elderly and other nonprofit agencies.
We also prepare nutritious meals in our Food Bank Kitchen and take hundreds of calls a day in our help center, where we refer low income callers to local agencies and sign-up eligible Northeast Ohioans for the SNAP program and other benefits.
Last year, through our SNAP outreach efforts, we provided application assistance resulting in 8.1 million meals for eligible people in Northeast Ohio. This is 20% of the total meals we provided.