The Cleveland Browns will host their annual Browns Give Back First and Ten Food Drive, benefitting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, prior to Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Volunteers from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank will begin collecting donations outside of FirstEnergy Stadium when gates open at 11 a.m.
Sugardale, the official hot dog of the Cleveland Browns, is once again championing the community initiative as the presenting partner of the Browns Give Back First and Ten Food Drive. As part of its commitment to the event and Northeast Ohio, Sugardale donated $10,000 worth of hams (approximately 1,300) to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank last week to kick off Sunday's food drive.
Through the generosity of Browns fans, the Browns Give Back First and Ten Food Drive, presented by Sugardale, has helped provide approximately 175,000 meals to Northeast Ohio families in need during the past seven years. Through Taste of the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium – the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's major annual fundraiser, in partnership with the Browns – the partnership has also helped raise more than $2.8 million to benefit the local community since the event began 21 years ago.
Sugardale, with the assistance of Pro Bowl G Joel Bitonio, also presented a $5,000 donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at the Browns facility in May, resulting in the allocation of 20,000 nutritious meals in the local community.
This year's Browns Give Back First and Ten Food Drive offers fans the opportunity to support the holiday efforts of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank leading into the 2019 winter months. Prior to entering the stadium, fans with or without tickets are encouraged to drop off non-perishable canned food items – including the Super Six of cereal, vegetables, soup, beef stew, peanut butter and tuna fish – to assist local families in need during the holiday season. Monetary contributions will also be accepted, with each dollar donated being enough to provide four nutritious meals to individuals in the Greater Cleveland area.
Fans who make a donation will receive an official orange #give10 wristband as part of the First and Ten volunteering movement.
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Browns players, alumni and staff and the Browns Women Organization will #give10at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank by preparing Thanksgiving meals and packaging food items to be sent to local shelters, food pantries and food sites throughout Northeast Ohio. The gathering is one of many jointly hosted events by the Browns and Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a community partner of the team's signature First and Ten volunteering movement, as the groups help fight hunger and ensure families have access to nutritious meals throughout the year, particularly during high times of need like the winter holidays.
Volunteers from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank will be outside the gates helping to collect items – look for the 'Donate Here!' signs
Throughout the past five years, more than 120,000 meals have been made available to families in Northeast Ohio thanks to the Browns First and Ten Food Drive alone.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is a First and Ten community partner that distributes food to more than 940 local partner agencies and programs annually. They also have hot meal programs, shelters, mobile pantries, programs for the elderly and SNAP outreach efforts. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank seeks to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed. Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure – meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from.
Each year, the Browns and Greater Cleveland Food Bank also come together to put on Taste of the Browns, an event featuring Cleveland's top chefs that raises money and awareness to combat hunger in the local community. In September, the 21st Annual Taste of the Browns was co-chaired by Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry and alumni Josh Cribbs and raised enough money to provide nearly 1,000,000 meals to those in need in the Greater Cleveland community.
Through Browns Give Back, the Cleveland Browns are dedicated to #give10 through the team's First and Ten initiative. Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team's community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities throughout the world by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual's city across the globe, as well as the franchise's local community. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team's website and by sharing their stories with #give10. For more information or to sign the pledge, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/community
About the Cleveland Browns and Browns Give Back:
The Browns Give Back to Northeast Ohio with a commitment to education and youth football while engaging the community through the team's signature First and Ten volunteer movement. For more information, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback.
Education – The Cleveland Browns are dedicated to improving the quality of education for students in Ohio by making investments that keep kids in school every day so they can succeed, highlighted by the "Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!" Network. The "Get 2 School" Network is a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism. The team engages local schools and promotes quality education by using attendance data and feedback from families to build a school-going culture, uncover and reduce common barriers to attendance and support engagement opportunities for students to thrive. To learn more, visit Get2School.org.
Youth Football – The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns' goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.
First and Ten – Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team's community program, established to inspire fans to #give10 and help their communities by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual's city across the globe, as well as the franchise's local community. To date, nearly two million hours of volunteering have been pledged through First and Ten. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team's website and by sharing their stories with #give10.
About the Greater Cleveland Food Bank:
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a community partner of the Cleveland Browns First and Ten program, has a mission to ensure that everyone in the community has the nutritious food they need every day. A $1 donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank can help provide four nutritious meals to Northeast Ohioans in need. For more information on how to help, go to www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org.
For nearly 100 years, Sugardale has been delivering innovative thinking and premium products to leading food service operations, restaurant chains and grocery stores around the globe and around the corner. Founded in 1920, Sugardale has grown from its roots in Northeast Ohio as a regional provider to a nationwide supplier of American-made bacon, ham, hot dogs, deli meats and dry sausage. Sugardale is the No. 1 ranked branded hot dog in the Cleveland market and proud partner of numerous Ohio sports organizations, including the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavs, Canton Charge, Cleveland Indians, Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus Clippers and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. From the ballpark to the arena, hundreds of thousands of sports fans enjoy Sugardale hot dogs every year while cheering on their favorite teams. For recipes and more, visit Sugardale.com or follow @SugardaleFoods on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.