The Greater Cleveland Food Bank leads hunger relief
efforts in Northeast Ohio, leveraging donations of food, funds and volunteer
time to make possible nearly 40 million meals each year for hungry people in
Have a question about the Food Bank and how we
work? Check out our FAQs below. If you still have questions, contact us at
What We Do
What is the mission of the Food Bank?
Working together to
ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need
What does the Food Bank do?
The Greater Cleveland
Food Bank solicits donated food and other products from food manufacturers,
wholesalers, retailers and community groups. We also raise the funds
necessary to purchase meals at the best rate to serve as many meals as
possible to those in need. Each dollar provides four nutritious meals.
Then we distribute the
food to more than 700 member agencies that serve those struggling with hunger
in Northeast Ohio. About 84 percent of the food served at local pantries is
provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. We serve Ashtabula, Ashland, Cuyahoga,
Geauga, Lake and Richland counties.
Where does the food you distribute come from?
local organizations donate food to the Food Bank each year, including
manufacturers, grocery store chains and other organizations.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank
also receives donations from food wholesalers, distributors, Feeding
America, local food drives
such as Harvest for Hunger, restaurants, caterers and other sources, such as the United
States Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Food Purchase Program.
How many agencies do you serve?
In 2012, the
Greater Cleveland Food Bank distributed food and essential non-food products to nearly
700 member hunger programs in six counties.
Who do you serve?
hungry include children, the working poor, the unemployed, the elderly, the
homeless and the chronically ill.
Is there a fee associated with the food distributed by the
Greater Cleveland Food Bank?
Agencies are charged
a "shared maintenance fee" for some of the items they order. Some
items, such as produce, bread, yogurt are distributed to member agencies for
free. Other nonperishable food items cost up to 9 cents per pound. This
shared maintenance fee covers some, but not all, of the costs associated with
food solicitation, repackaging and distribution. We must recoup the
additional expenses through our fundraising efforts.
As an example, a
member agency can get a box of cereal at the Food Bank for about 9 cents. If agencies
were to purchase a box of cereal at a supermarket, they could pay $3.50 or
more for the same item.
No fee is ever
charged to hungry families.
What is the relationship between the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and other
Northeast Ohio hunger relief organizations?
The Food Bank works closely with other Northeast Ohio hunger relief organizations, providing food and nonfood products to hunger centers administered by the Hunger Network of
Greater Cleveland, the Catholic Hunger and Shelter Network, and the Salvation
Army, among others. The Food Bank was a founding member of the Greater
Cleveland Committee on Hunger, and distributes all the food collected in
Cuyahoga County during the annual Harvest for Hunger campaign.
Supporting the Food Bank
I'd like to make a donation. Where can I drop it off?
Cash is the most needed item. For every dollar donated, the Cleveland
Foodbank can distribute four nutritious meals to hunger people in our
community. You can make a secure, online
An appointment is not
needed to drop off food. We are able to
accept food donations Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30-4:00 at our
facility, located at 15500 S. Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, 44110. Please pull around to the back of our
building and up to the first truck door on the right (marked “All Donations”),
ring the bell outside the door and a member of our warehouse staff will be out
to assist you. Our staff will unload and
weigh the items in order to provide you with a receipt for the donation.
Where can I send a monetary donation?
financial contributions to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at 15500 S. Waterloo Rd.,
Cleveland, OH 44110. Your donation is tax-deductible as provided by law.
Volunteering at the Food Bank
What do volunteers do at the Food Bank.
needed to sort and repack food donations, assist with office work, serve on
committees, and help with special events.
more about volunteering.
May I bring my family to volunteer?
Do I need to call ahead to volunteer or can I just show up?
It is very important
that you contact the volunteer services manager at 216.738.2053 ahead of time
to schedule your visit. This way, a project will be ready for you when you
arrive at the Food Bank. Please also note that many evening and Saturday
volunteer shifts are filled in advance.
more about volunteering.
What hours are available for volunteers to help?
We have a variety of
volunteer shifts. Please call us at 216.738.7240.
Where are you located?
We are located at 15500
S. Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110
Who can I contact to answer my other questions?
Please call us at