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Greater Cleveland Food Bank receives $1 million grant

The Ohio National Guard arrives at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on Monday, March 23.
Posted at 4:21 PM, Apr 17, 2020

CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Food Bank received a very generous gift Friday.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation announced a $1 million grant to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help with the COVID-19 pandemic response.

“We understand their financial challenge given the Food Bank’s projected estimated costs is over $18 million through September 30,” said Mandel Foundation President and CEO, Jehuda Reinharz. “We felt compelled to respond positively to their request given their mission of providing nutritious food to struggling Northeast Ohio families and seniors who might otherwise go without.”

The Mandel Foundation announced a separate $1 million grant to the food bank a few weeks ago.

The grants will help the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as it conducts large weekly drive-thru food distributions, assembling non-perishable meal kits for children, delivering food to home-bound seniors and people with disabilities, among other services.

“I was both speechless and teary-eyed to hear the news of the Mandel Foundation’s extraordinary gift of $1,000,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and our local efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Food Bank President and CEO Kristin Warzocha. “This gift, one of the largest in our 40-year history, will help ensure that everyone in our community has the nutritious food they need, throughout this crisis and beyond it.”