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Food Assistance: May Dugan Center is hosting another drive-thru distribution

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May Dugan Food Drive.
May Dugan Food Drive.
Posted at 8:18 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 13:18:11-04

CLEVELAND — The May Dugan Center on 4115 Bridge Avenue in Cleveland is hosting another food distribution drive-thru.

The goal remains the same: to feed as many people who many need food assistance as possible.

However, the number of people who do need help just continues to increase.

“The 857 families that we served last week, 63% of them were new. They had never been to the May Dugan Center for help. These are people who lost their jobs recently as a result of COVID-19,” said Rick Kemm, the director of the center.

Kemm anticipates Wednesday’s drive thru will be the center’s biggest yet, with more than 900 families expected to drive thru.

Cleveland Police will help manage the flow of traffic.

Heinen’s Grocery Store is donating about 3,000 pounds of food.

“They’ll get canned goods, frozen goods, at least some kind of meat with all the generous food that Heinen’s is donating,” said Kemm.

He still anticipates running out, though, because the demand is so high.

“Our front desk has been fielding a lot of phone calls. A lot of people are calling and letting us know that they have never been to May Dugan before,” said Kemm.

The distribution goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cars will line up on Bridge Avenue and continue westward. Food will be put in trunks. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated so all people are asked to drive. An authorized proxy will be accepted to pick up food for people who do not have access to a vehicle

For people who may not have access to a vehicle or a proxy, or who may be disabled or at high risk, call the center at 216-631-5800 x300 and they’ll accommodate you Thursday.

Due to the increased demand, the center is dealing with increased costs.

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