Rescue act

Cleveland donates rescue funds to food bank

CLEVELAND (WJW) – City of Cleveland officials gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to announce that funds could be provided to help the Greater Cleveland Food Bank continue its desperately needed services need.

The $ 5 million in funds would come from part of the city’s American Rescue Act prize and support the food bank as it supported an increase in the number of people in need due to the pandemic – though the legislation is passed Wednesday at a council meeting.

The food bank served nearly 400,000 people, at least a third of whom were looking for emergency food service for the first time.

In addition to providing direct food support, the food bank also helps residents register for other necessary programs, including food stamps and more.

Chairman of the Board Kevin Kelley, City Councilor Mike Polensek, Food Bank President and CEO Kristin Warzocha were there to speak:

Warzocha says they now feed nearly half of Cleveland’s residents with their services.

She says they keep working to serve healthy food and need refrigerators to keep food fresh, sometimes having to refuse food because they don’t have a place to store it.

For Kelley, he says it was seeing the line of cars in the municipal parking lot for a food drive that prompted him to push for legislation to help fund the food bank.

Polensek says they do God’s work daily by providing food to the needy and to families who are under great stress.

“I can’t say enough good things about the Greater Cleveland Food Bank,” Polensek said. “They are one of the best organizations I have had the pleasure of working with during my tenure on Cleveland City Council.”