Taking Our Volunteers to the Bank - the Cleveland FoodBank

The FOX Supports Ohio volunteer team in Cleveland was proud to be out of the office and in community again with a trip to the Cleveland Foodbank on July 27!

The Cleveland Foodbank began in 1979 as a way to eliminate the disconnect between food industries willing to donate and charities attempting to alleviate hunger in the community. “Working together, these individuals resolved that a single clearinghouse could solicit, collect, sort, and distribute food in a more efficient manner, ensuring improved operations for local charities in the Greater Cleveland area.”
In addition to repackaging and sorting nonperishable food, the Cleveland Community Kitchen at the Foodbank also prepares meals that are distributed to various local meal sites. So on that sunny Tuesday afternoon, after a short video and a tour of the massive facility, FOX Sports Ohio employees donned white “lab coats,” hair nets, and rubber gloves and were put to work in the kitchens. Their mission: ham! (And some other projects too.)

Some team members were put to work packing bagged lunches, making sloppy joes, scooping stuffing into smaller serving sizes, and labeling trays. They also made many, many ham, turkey, and cheese sandwiches. And when they ran out of turkey, they made ham and cheese sandwiches. And when the sandwiches were done, they folded hundreds of pieces of ham into two-slice servings to be used for another project!

While the volunteers may not be sitting down to lunch meat sandwiches in the Broadview Heights break room again anytime soon, everyone agreed it was a very successful afternoon and are excited to do it again. It was also an opportunity for FOX Sports Ohio to come together as a group, eager to help others. Managers and coordinators all up to their elbows: in ham.

For more information on the Cleveland Foodbank go to: http://www.clevelandfoodbank.org/.