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Sen. Sherrod Brown visits Greater Cleveland Food Bank to highlight efforts to feed Ohioans during COVID-19 pandemic

“The volunteers, staff, and National Guard troops at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank have done essential work over the last year amid this pandemic."

CLEVELAND — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown spent his Wednesday morning touring the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (GCFB), meeting with volunteers, staff, and the National Guard soldiers who have all been instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the food bank during the pandemic.

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 also focused on 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 was one of the biggest proponents for the expansion of the CTC in the American Rescue Plan and is working to make it permanent. 

“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.

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. Wednesday marks the second day of the GCFB's summer feeding program. 

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