The Cleveland Food Bank needs your help and there are several things you can do!
From the Greater Cleveland Food Bank website:
We must maintain operations to ensure that food continues to reach members of our community needing assistance. Volunteers are an integral part of our daily operations, and we cannot do what we do without the help of volunteers. A Drive-Thru Food Distribution operation is now up and running with safety protocols in place.
The Food Bank has taken extra precautions to keep volunteers, staff, and our community safe. Volunteers will be required to wash their hands before beginning their shift. If you are healthy and willing to volunteer, please sign up at GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Volunteer or call 216.738.2053.
Food donations are needed and helpful during this time. Please consider donating one of our Top 10 Most Needed Items - these are non-perishable, shelf stable items. You can download the list here.
Advocating to the State and Federal government for additional SNAP benefits and other resources for people who miss hours at work, families whose children miss school, and flexibility on how we distribute government food to improve safety for all concerned. We are contacting our elected officials and asking them to support the emergency spending bill (H.R. 6201) to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.
This emergency spending bill includes language to provide emergency nutrition assistance to those in need. Also included is additional funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which will help food banks provide food to low-income Americans during the crisis, with some extra funds designed for storage and distribution of this food.
Learn more about how you can help the Food Bank's advocacy efforts at GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Advocate.
The Food Bank has welcomed the National Guard to the Food Bank to assist during the COVID-19 outbreak!
So, how can you donate?
You can donate online at GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/Give
You can organizing a "virtual food drive" and recruit and encouraging your coworkers, families and friends to donate. Set up your virtual food drive at GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/VFD.
You can call 216.535.2051 to donate over the phone