Mission: To reduce hunger in our community by providing nutritious food, links to other vital services, and a coordinated community response to people in need.
Programs: The hunger network of greater cleveland is incorporated under the laws of the state of ohio as a not-for-profit corporation. The primary function of the organization is to reduce hunger by providing nutritionally balanced meals in the form of groceries or prepared meals to between 55,000 and 60,000 people per month including approximately 25,000 children. The hunger network of greater cleveland operates in an organized system of 100 pantries and hot meal programs which are staffed by volunteers and operated by the organization. 10 staff members and 1,600 volunteers carry-out the organization's mission. The organization is designed to leverage limited resources to ensure those in need are served by establishing minimum standards and reducing potential confusion and duplication through training and a coordinated approach to service. The organization secures and distributes free and reduced cost food to people in need in the greater cleveland area in the form of nutritionally balanced meals. The organization is not only dedicated to feeding hungry people but also to improving the health and security of the people it serves. The organization provides connections to health, social, and community services that families need to help improve their circumstances. In partnership with university hospitals systems, the organization offers health education classes, health testing and screening, and connections to area health providers to hungry families, many of whom suffer from diet related diseases that are exacerbated by food insecurity. In 2014 5,408 people participated in health education classes held at nine locations each month, and 1,712 people were screened for chronic health conditions. Body mass index, blood pressure, vision, hearing and glucose testing services were offered. A significant level of pre- hypertension and hypertension was found. Clients were linked with a health care provider if necessary. Interactive health education discussions emphasized healthy diet choices for program participants. The organization continued its gardens of giving project. Numerous local growers were matched with individual hunger centers to which they donated fresh produce for distribution to clients over the summer.