Greater Cleveland Food Bank Receives Huge Donation from City Council

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Photo: Photo from Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Cleveland, OH - Great news for Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cleveland City Council has approved $5 million of the American Rescue Plan to help financially assist the expansion of the Food Bank's space.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank, known for their ambitious mission to feeding Cleveland's communities that cannot afford to pay for food, efforts expanded during the pandemic serving over 400,000 residents in total. During the pandemic, the Food Bank also received many donations and space has been minimal in the warehouse. Greater Cleveland Food Bank will use the $5 million towards the $40 million capital expansion to expand headquarters in the Collinwood area.

Though the Food Bank is grateful for the donation, Ward 8 Councilman Mike Polensek fears $5 million might not be enough. Polensek says, “there might have to be another bite at the apple here, the facility they’re building right now, and walls are going up, is 190,000-square-feet, and it is a massive complex. But as large as it is, they’re telling me it might not even fulfill the need that is presently out there in our community and growing.” Several other councilpersons have the same fear. The expansion has no set date yet.

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