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Browns to host food drive

Posted Apr 23, 2013

The Cleveland Browns will hold a food drive at the gates of FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns to coincide with their annual Draft Day Party.

The Cleveland Browns will hold their annual Draft Day Party at FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns to kick off the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25.

Along with various community outreach activities, the Browns will have a food drive to further support hunger efforts. The Browns have partnered with the Cleveland Foodbank and will be collecting monetary and non-perishable donations for their annual Harvest for Hunger campaign as fans enter the stadium. The most needed items include tuna fish, peanut butter, cereal, canned soup, canned vegetables and beef stew.

The Browns proudly support the Cleveland Foodbank year-round through several initiatives. Annually, staff and players lend their time over the Thanksgiving holiday to visit the warehouse and prepare pre-packed meals in the kitchen and load vehicles with turkeys and side dishes for Cleveland’s needy to enjoy a traditional holiday meal. Most recently, the Browns visited the Cleveland Foodbank with 50 local high-school athletes as part of the NFL’s High School Player Development Leadership Program. The young athletes were given the opportunity to extend their community service alongside members of the Ohio National Guard to help the Foodbank package donations to be distributed in our local communities.

The Browns invite you and your family to stop by the annual Draft Day Party to take part in unique fundraisers, Play 60 activities and much more. Doors open at 6 p.m./ET and admission is free. Don’t forget to bring your non-perishable food items!

The Cleveland Foodbank provides nutritious food to local non-profit organizations which serve hungry individuals across northeast Ohio, with 33 percent of them being children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed enough food for 33 million meals to 620 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies such as child-care centers and homes for the elderly in six counties including Cuyahoga, Ashland, Richland, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula.

For more information, visit www.clevelandfoodbank.org.

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