Trilogy: Greater Cleveland Food Bank takes on Oakland area food banks in Finals donations challenge

Posted at 4:18 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 16:20:55-04

The NBA Finals won’t happen only on the hardwood: Fans will also compete in the Third Annual Food Bank Finals Challenge to see who can be the most generous when it comes to supporting their local food banks.

Warriors fans are being asked to make donations to Alameda County Community Food Bank or SF-Marin Food Bank, while Cavaliers fans are being encouraged to donate to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

The three food banks have set a collective goal to raise $100,000. 

Cavaliers fans can donate to:

Warriors fans can donate to:

“This has become a rivalry that our cities’ fans have come to look forward to – both on and off the court," said Kristin Warzocha, President and CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank. "Our teams have worked hard to get to the finals and we know our fans in Cleveland will work hard to help us raise more money.” 

In honor of the NBA Finals “Rubber Match,” The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will match the total funds raised by the organizations, up to $20,000.

“Goodyear has a long history of supporting communities around the world and we are proud to support this important cause effort,” said Seth Klugherz, Goodyear’s director of marketing.

Every dollar raised will remain local to provide healthy food to families in need living within each Food Bank’s respective service areas.

  • Greater Cleveland Food Bank provides $8 worth of food for every $1 donated.
  • For every $1 donated, Alameda County Community Food Bank can provide $6 worth of food
  • SF-Marin Food Bank distributes $5 worth of food for every $1 donated

“The Warriors and Cavaliers have some of the greatest fans in the NBA. We’re grateful to our partner food banks and the fans of both teams who will be channeling their passions to help a cause that’s important to both regions, and the entire country,” said Suzan Bateson, Executive Director of Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Paul Ash, Executive Director of the SF-Marin Food Bank, added “We anticipate the Food Bank Finals Challenge will be just as competitive as the NBA Finals. We know Warriors fans will rise to the challenge and we will expect nothing less from Cavaliers fans.”

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