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News 5 hosts phone bank with Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Posted at 12:46 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 09:20:14-05

Right now, many people in Northeast Ohio have to choose between paying utility bills and eating nutritious meals.

But there's a way to help your neighbors in need during this season of giving. 

Our 5 On Your Side phone bank will be open from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and volunteers from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank will be on hand to take your calls and donations when you call 1-800-658-5370.

Know that you'll be helping the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as they continue to lead hunger relief efforts, making more than 50 million meals possible during the year.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank operates special programs for children, serving more than 12,000 through Kids Cafes, BackPack for Kids and Summer Feeding programs.

Of those served:

  • 28% are children
  • 16% are elderly
  • 23% of households have at least one member in poor health
  • 64% had to choose between paying for food or utilities
  • 75% have incomes below the federal poverty level