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.
Attempting to feed 1200 homeless people tomorrow in Cleveland.— Ricky Smith (@Rickonia) June 26, 2021
That’s a whole lot of sandwiches and lunches that need to be made…
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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