The Cleveland Browns teamed up with the Cleveland Foodbank for their first-annual ceREAL Food Drive, and on Tuesday, the team recognized 100 students from Menlo Park Academy, the top-performing school in the two-week competition to benefit the hungry in the Foodbank’s six-county area.
The Browns welcomed the students to FirstEnergy Stadium for a tour of the home team locker room and press box, and offensive lineman
“I just wanted to congratulate you on raising so much money and donating so much cereal for the kids in the community,” Yount told the students. “What you guys did was awesome. A lot of people in the community who are less fortunate are going to be able to get a healthy breakfast because of what you did.”
Matthew Cook, Menlo Park’s physical-education teacher added, “The kids were so excited to be here. It’s an absolute thrill for them to be with the players and see the NFL stadium, especially a view behind the scenes in getting to see the locker room and press room.”
Between the ceREAL Food Drive and the annual Gameday Food Drive prior to their 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 3, the Browns were able to raise enough food and money for the Cleveland Foodbank to provide nearly 37,000 meals in the six-county area.
“It’s cool that these kids got rewarded for all of the work that they did with the ceREAL Drive,” Yount said. “They brought a ton of meals to families that are less fortunate than us, and especially around Thanksgiving, it’s awesome to instill those values of giving back and making sure they know it’s important to help other people.”
In addition to the funds and food collected by the Browns through the game day gate collection and ceREAL Food Drive, the team and individual players contributed enough money to distribute more than 1,000 turkeys from the Cleveland Foodbank and its network of agencies this Thanksgiving.
ABOUT CLEVELAND FOODBANK:
The Cleveland Foodbank works to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. It provides food and critical non-food products to local non-profit organizations that serve hungry individuals across Northeast Ohio. In 2012, the Foodbank provided 34 million meals to more than 700 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs, such as child-care centers and homes for the elderly in six counties, including Cuyahoga, Ashland, Richland, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula. To make a donation or get involved, contact the Cleveland Foodbank at www.clevelandfoodbank.org or 216-738-2265.