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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This year, as much as ever before, we hope that you will support the Pepper Pike virtual food drive for Harvest for Hunger. The Greater Cleveland Foodbanks 44year history they have never seen such a demand – or distribution growth – of this magnitude. Last Year, Pepper Pike raised $29,651 for the Foodbank. That figure eclipsed prior years for our “virtual drive” and we should be proud of Pepper Pike’s support for the Food Bank being able to provide almost 56 million pounds of food to the community last year! That was 9 million more than 2019. Many have not fared well this past year and still face tremendous challenges going forward. The Government aid which has and will be supplied does not satisfy this tremendous need. Your individual support is vital. The need for food is now as much and greater than ever before.
Our annual employee “Virtual Food Drive”, offered to our employees, is once again available to our residents. The wonderful support it had last year from many of you provides hope to make this year’s drive an even greater success! Your participation makes our drive successful by our opening up the online website and inviting you, the residents of Pepper Pike, to participate. We can make this a great community event by joining with our employees and assisting in this vital regional effort. www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/PepperPike
Hunger afflicts needy individuals and families, the aged, young, poor and sick. It exists throughout all communities. The question is how will we all help to address it? Your generosity makes the difference between people going hungry or having nutritious meals. The need is great; success depends on all of us.
Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest food and fund drives in the United States. It serves a critical need! More than one-third of the clients served by the Food Bank or one of its partners was a first-time client. It served more than 404,000 individuals with fewer partner agencies open. The Food Bank provided more than 382,000 Emergency and Community Food Assistance Program food boxes that was part of their total 37 million pounds of fresh produce and perishable products distributed this year. Harvest for Hunger is a collaborative effort of four area food banks led by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. And remember, amazingly, $1 helps to provide four nutritious meals! More than 40% of the people served are children and seniors. Many are hardworking but low-income households. 64% of the assisted households must choose between paying for food or utilities and 62% choose between paying for food or medicine. www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/PepperPike
This is a voluntary program for you to participate in by visiting www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/PepperPike to make a donation. You can participate anonymously or you can list your name, and for whatever amount you deem appropriate. There is no reward for participating or penalty for not, other than your knowing you have helped out others in dire need and that you are doing the right thing, likely the best thing you will do today.
Please join me in this cause and log onto www.GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org/PepperPike and make a donation. Together we can help show the region that Pepper Pike cares! If you instead wish to make a donation by check please make it out to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and forward it to Katy here at city hall.
Have a great spring!