When the Cleveland Browns step onto the field at Cleveland Browns Stadium to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 25, the team will take on two opponents. In addition to the Steelers, the Browns will fight hunger in the Cleveland area by hosting their annual food drive to benefit the Cleveland Foodbank.
From 11 a.m. to kickoff at 1 p.m., volunteers from the Cleveland Foodbank will be collecting donations at gate entrances around the stadium. Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, including canned soups and vegetables, peanut butter and tuna fish before entering the stadium. Monetary donations will also be collected.
“The Cleveland Foodbank provides the vital link between food and hunger for so many people throughout northeast Ohio and the Browns feel compelled to help those in need by hosting a food drive during the holiday season,” said Renee Harvey, vice president of community outreach for the Browns. “Browns fans have shown their support each year through the collection and last year alone, over 25,000 meals and 1,800 pounds of food were collected.”
For every dollar contributed, the Foodbank is able to provide four nutritious meals to families in need. Last year, the Cleveland Foodbank distributed food and other essential items to more than 600 member hunger programs in their six-county area.
Through a network of non-profit organizations, the Cleveland Foodbank is able to serve the hungry in Northeast Ohio and fulfill their mission to ensure that every person in the greater Cleveland area eats nutritious meals each day.
Beyond the gate collection, the Browns support the Cleveland Foodbank through player and staff engagement opportunities for Thanksgiving, and, most notably, the annual Taste of the Browns fundraiser at the start of the football season.
For more information on the Cleveland Foodbank, visit http://www.clevelandFoodbank.org/.