Children’s Hunger Alliance is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Cleveland Clinic to help provide meals to children in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Clinic will be investing $650,000 over the next five years to support CHA’s efforts in providing weekend meals to pre-school children at four Cleveland area early learning centers. The Weekend Meals Program fills the meal gap many children face during the weekend and school breaks. These meals provide nutritious food to ensure that young people facing food insecurity can thrive.
This collaboration is part of a greater effort that the Cleveland Clinic is making in Northeast Ohio to combat financial and food insecurity. Overall they will be committing over $10 million to implement several new innovative programs. The food insecurity rate for children in Cuyahoga County is over 20%, which is why the Cleveland Clinic has joined forces with MetroHealth and University Hospitals to address this public health issue and make a positive impact for the community.
In a statement issued from the Cleveland Clinic, Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO & President of Cleveland Clinics said, “We are investing our resources to address this important issue and are proud to join forces with our partners to ensure that every child in Greater Cleveland has access to nutritious food. Together, we can strengthen the neighborhoods we call home and build a healthy community for everyone.”
CHA is so grateful to have corporate investors like the Cleveland Clinic to fund our vital programs and assist in making sure Ohio’s children have access to nutritious food.