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Harvest for Hunger, one of the largest annual, community-wide food and funds drives in the nation, kicked off in Northeast Ohio on Wednesday.

WKYC Channel 3 is proud to once again support this cause that provides critical resources to local hunger relief organizations in 21 counties.

Unfortunately, the number of people turning to hunger centers for emergency food continues to rise.

Harvest for Hunger is a source of support for these hunger centers and the hundreds of thousands of people turning to them for help.

Recent cuts to the SNAP program (also known as food stamps) present an additional challenge to the Greater Cleveland Foodbank and hundreds of local hunger relief organizations.

Dollars raised through Harvest For Hunger are used to provide nutritious food to hundreds of hot meal sites, food pantries, shelters and other agencies in Northeast Ohio. Almost 50 percent of those served by the Greater Cleveland Foodbank's 700 member programs are children and elderly.

Last year, businesses, supermarkets, schools and individuals across the region came together and contributed enough resources to provide more than 16.5 million nutritious meals.

The need is great, but with your support we will make a difference! Every dollar donated through the campaign provides four nutritious meals at area hunger centers and programs.

We encourage you to CLICK HERE and help this year's Harvest for Hunger.

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