(Plain Press, August 2011) The Cleveland Foodbank recently honored the successes of its member agencies at its 2011 Recognition Event. Two west side agencies were celebrated at the luncheon at Windows on the River.
Walk of Faith Community Center, 12833 Lorain Avenue, was honored as the Innovative Program of the Year. Their mission is to provide individuals, families and the community with resources and services to enhance their quality of life. In addition to addressing hunger, Walk of Faith recognizes various needs, develops other programs such as shoe donation, after-school tutoring, home budgeting seminars and provides Ohio Benefit Bank counselors onsite that help with eligibility for food stamps. They also served 51,235 meals in 2010.
West Side Catholic Center at W. 32nd and Lorain Avenue was honored as the Multi-Service Program of the Year. Their programs include hot meals, street survival, outreach and advocacy services that address a multitude of needs. The Drop-In Center is open 6 days a week and they offer two lunch options that clients can choose from. 59,003 meals served in 2010.
The Cleveland Foodbank provides food and critical nonfood products to 600 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs such as child-care centers and homes for the elderly in northeast Ohio.