Conversations about hungry children often conjure up images of third world countries – certainly not the United States or Cleveland, Ohio. The shocking fact is every day there are 129,680 children in Cuyahoga County, Ohio who are hungry.

For 36 years, the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, the largest association of food pantries and hot meal programs in the community, has been working diligently to see that children and their families receive the food they need to survive.

With 1,100 dedicated volunteers, working in the Network’s 100 food centers, nutritious meals go directly into the hands of 60,000 of the community’s most vulnerable citizens each month. This effective, efficient organization is able to make four meals for every dollar. The Hunger Network has a small full time staff of only nine people and is able to put 94% of funds raised toward its programs.

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