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RAKE holds Hashtag Lunchbag food distribution event in Cleveland

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Posted at 6:44 PM, Jun 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-28 15:30:25-04

CLEVELAND — Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere, a local "pay it forward" charity founded by comedian Ricky Smith, held a food distribution event Sunday.

The event, called Hashtag Lunchbag, set a goal of feeding 1,200 people in need.

Volunteers gathered at 10 a.m. to assemble the lunches and then hit the streets to distribute the food across Cleveland.

The Hashtag Lunchbag food distributions are a regular occurrence for Smith's foundation, being hosted nearly once a month for the past seven years before the pandemic put things on pause.

Sunday's event was the first since before the pandemic and Smith was thankful for the way the city rallied around his cause.

"I was a little worried how it was going to be received coming back. Just even nervousness, my feet wasn't under me, I went to the store to go buy the stuff, didn't know what to buy, what to do," Smith said. "But as always, the city of Cleveland always has my back."

Over the years, Smith has distributed more than 300,000 lunches locally.

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