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When the Cupboards are Bare

Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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When the Cupboards are Bare Across the country, more than 36 million Americans have difficulty putting food on the table; that's roughly equivalent to the population of California regularly going hungry. Public health leaders say current economic conditions are pushing more and more people to turn to food pantries. Not surprisingly, those food pantries are finding it harder to meet that growing demand. Join us Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. for a conversation about when the cupboards are bare at home and at the food bank. We'll talk about how you can help and where to go if you need help in Northeast Ohio.




Ann Goodman, Executive Director, Cleveland Foodbank
Maura Daley, Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy, Feeding America
Sister Corita Ambro, St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church
Madeline Gustin, Coordinator, Food Force in Lake County

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If you need help or want to help, visit these Web sites: The Cleveland Foodbank and 211/First Call for Help.

WVIZ will air the documentary Citizen Hauser tonight at 7:30. You can find more information about how the local community is remembering activist Ed Hauser here.

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I am one of over 100 volunteers serving:
St. Aloysius Food Program
10932 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44108
St. Al’s serves the people of their local neighborhood.  The center is run by the Marianist community and was started by Father Eldon Reichert who is now in retirement.  We serve one meal every Tuesday to as many as 100 people.  Additionally, we provide about 850 bags of groceries at end of the month because that is most difficult time for folks including meat and produce. The most amazing part of this ministry is that we as a Catholic center are supported ecumenically by so many people.  Different groups come in to provide the weekly meal and many private donors donate generously.  This helps to supplement the normal sources used by food programs.

Carolyn, Willoughby

I was told by a produce manager at an akron grocery store that they threw out fruits and vegetables that were still edilble but not selling rather than donate to an organization that could use them to feed hungry people.
People also must be advised that ‘expiration dates’ are often totally bogus and the food is good for quite awhile after the date.  The exp. date is simply the last date the product can be sold but not too late to be safely eaten!
We MUST learn to be more frugal and not so hung up on the absurdity of this culture’s extravagance!
Another saving note for those learning new and needed frugality - plastic bags can be re-used - often just washed in warm, soapy water and dried out. the amount of plastic bags wasted and in our landfills is outrageous.


This year I am a volunteer leader for the Homeless Stand Down! I am one of many volunteers who help as leaders to support the staff who run the homeless stand down. This year I am helping with guest check in and helping to make our guests feel welcomed and feel like they are our friends. What you need to know is that the HSD is not a food line. We are not a bread line. Instead we are friends and family reaching out to our neighbors and community.

I am the owner of Aladdin’s Eatery in Akron. I was listening to the show today on the drive to work and I wanted so much to help in trying to collect food items in this time of need, so I decided to offer to my customers a raffle to win a $50 gift basket.  The way to enter their name would be by donating a food item towards the salvation army (this raffle idea is only at the Aladdin’s Eatery Akron location).
Marwan Lahham

HubBub Custom Bicycles and the NE Ohio Cycling community are hosting an event for the Cleveland Food Bank next Monday from 6-10pm at our facility in Chesterland.  Even though we don’t have a lot of tickets sold, we have already raised over $1,000.00 in cash for the Food Bank and we are collecting food at the door.
We sort of got this event off to a late start - we usually host cycling events - but with the economy and job outlook the way it is, I thought we could make a difference for this holiday season.
Where: HubBub Custom Bicycles - 8005 Mayfield Road Chesterland, OH
When: Monday, December 1st 6-10pm
Music provided by the BlueDrivers
Catering by Casa Dolce
Tickets available on line at
Silent Auction - lots of cool stuff - some cycling related, some not.
Tickets are $60 each + 2 non-perishable food items. $15.00 of every ticket goes to the Food Bank.
All are welcome.
More info AT

Diane, HubBub

Good morning ! I just wanted to comment on what a wonderful job Ann has been doing with the Cleveland Food bank. I have helped with the last 3 Harvest for Hunger food drives and successfully raised quite a bit of monies to feed many families. Our employees were very generous towards our communities’ growing problem of hunger.  Thank’s again Ann, because of people like you, our poor, needy and hungry get to eat. Hoorah!

Last year I helped out with the non-profit, InterAct Cleveland, and their program the Homeless Stand Down.  The Stand Down is this humongous 3 day event in for everything; health checks, massages, hair cuts, hot meals, donations, and personal care kits. It’s a tremendous program that helps over 2,000 people!  The great part about this service is that not only do you meet really nice people from other faiths volunteering next to you, but you also meet and sit down with the people who are experiencing homelessness. This year I am excited to be apart of the program and will be volunteering on Jan 31st at Pilgrim in Tremont.
God Bless!


There will be a meal served at Grace Church 13001 Cedar Rd. Cleveland Heights.  Thursday 11/27 @ 1:00.  ALL ARE WELCOME

I volunteer at the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Akron through my church.  When I first started volunteering, I was amazed at how many of the families had one or both parents working full-time but were still homeless.  The biggest reasons seem to be divorce, home foreclosure and medical bills that cannot be paid.  It is heartbreaking.

A low-cost food source is Angel Food Ministries (, which provides a monthly box of food (fresh, frozen, and packaged) for $30.  They accept Food Stamps.  The distribution sites are at churches, but there is no religious requirement, and all people are welcome, without regard to income.

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