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Over 30 years ago cuts in public welfare programs and the national recession led the Interchurch Council of Greater Cleveland to create the Hunger Taskforce to address the increasing need for emergency food for children in Cuyahoga County. In 1995, with the help and blessing of the Cuyahoga County Commissioners, the Hunger Taskforce became an independent organization renamed the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland (HNGC).
The mission of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is to reduce hunger in our community by providing food and linkages to other vital services for hungry people, especially children and families, by actively participating in a coordinated response to people in need.
The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is Cuyahoga County's largest direct emergency food distribution network with over 100 pantries and hot meal programs facilitated by hundreds of dedicated volunteers who are devoted to serving the deserving and truly needy families of our community.
The Hunger Network helps stop hunger in its tracks by placing emergency food directly into the hands of those who need it most. Every month, the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland provides food for 60,000 Cuyahoga County residents, nearly half of whom are children. In addition, we offer linkage services to dozens of vital services to improve the quality of life for those who need our care.
The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland pays for 95% of the food it distributes, purchasing the food from local food warehouses, like the Cleveland Food Bank, and food wholesalers. Generous contributions from caring individuals like you help us provide effective and efficient services in the fight against hunger. Every $1 raised provides four nutritionally-balanced meals for the families we serve, and our network of volunteers keeps our services running smoothly.
- Carolyn Dawson
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