CLEVELAND, OH — Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB) to meet with volunteers, staff, and the National Guard soldiers who have all been instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the food bank, particularly amid the pandemic when many area families were in need. Brown highlighted the important work GCFB is doing to feed hungry Ohioans. 

“The volunteers, staff, and National Guard troops at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank have done essential work over the last year amid this pandemic. In addition to keeping up with increased demand during a global health crisis, they have expanded their summer feeding programs for kids and continued working to help families claim their Child Tax Credit benefits. I’m proud to work with organizations like this to ensure Ohio communities have the support and resources they need,” said Brown. 

Brown highlighted the important work the GCFB is doing to help Ohio families in need, as well as their work to make families aware of the relief programs and benefits available to them – including the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Brown fought for the expansion of the CTC in the American Rescue Plan and is working to make it permanent. 

Brown and his office helped secure a critical U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver that helped the GCFB start a mobile meal program to get meals out to kids in need. Brown is the first senator from Ohio to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years. 

Today marks the second day of the GCFB summer feeding program this year. Brown has long been a champion of summer feeding programs, and pressed the USDA last year to extend school lunch program waivers for the 2020-2021 school year, in order to help provide school meal program directors and staff the certainty they need to plan the upcoming year and adjust meal distribution. 

Finally, Brown is pressing Congress to pass the American Families Plan, which includes investments to reduce childhood hunger by expanding school meal programs and improving the summer meal programs for children and families.

Brown was joined by Kristin Warzocha, President & CEO of the GCFB. 

“We are so grateful to Senator Brown for his long-time support of our efforts to feed hungry Northeast Ohioans, especially children. His help in securing waivers to provide more children with nutritious food has made an incredible impact during this pandemic as the need has skyrocketed. We are honored to have him here today, seeing first-hand the work that we are doing to ensure our neighbors have the food they need to survive,” said Kristin Warzocha, President & CEO of the GCFB.