Two weeks ago, we donated 4,500 turkeys to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as part of our commitment to donate $1 million in turkeys to food banks across the Midwest this month. Another 1,500 was delivered last week.
At the outdoor donation event, volunteers loaded the turkeys directly into the vehicles of Cleveland families in need.
“It takes many caring people to fight hunger in our communities and we are so grateful to Meijer for including the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, as well as many other food banks, in their efforts to provide much needed protein to hungry families,” said Patty Eilmann, Vice President of Food Resources. “Many people will be able to enjoy a nutritious meal because of the generosity of Meijer. On behalf of the Food Bank and the many clients we serve, thank you.”
Cleveland Browns Guard Joel Bitonio and mascot Chomps also attended to help the volunteers with some of the heavy lifting.
“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of Meijer’s launch event for such a generous community initiative that will impact many lives and food banks across the Midwest, including the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Northeast Ohio families in need,” Browns Vice President of Community Relations Jenner Tekancic said. “Meijer and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank have been dedicated to helping families in need throughout the pandemic, and we are proud to partner with them for this important food-relief effort and other meaningful community programs throughout the year. We are grateful for everyone who continues to give back, volunteer and step up to help out today and always.”