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Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Donate Food

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank accepts non-perishable food donations but encourages monetary gifts - $1 can help provide 4 nutritious meals. 

More than 800 organizations and individuals host food drives to support the Food Bank each year. To have a greater impact many of these organization collect funds to support the food bank. Learn how to set-up a Virtual Food Drive to provide 4 nutritious meals for every dollar donated from friends, families, neighbors and co-workers. 

Nearly 47% of the food distributed by the Food Bank is donated by local and national food manufacturers and retailer partners. If you work in the food industry, learn more about how to partner with the Food Bank to donate surplus or safe product that no longer meets customer expectations.

If you are going to donate product please consider the food and non-food items that are most in demand by our partner agencies.

The six most needed food items are:

  • beef stew
  • canned soup
  • canned vegetables
  • canned tuna
  • peanut butter
  • cereal

The six most requested non-food items by our partner agencies are:

  • deodorant
  • laundry detergent
  • shampoo
  • toilet paper
  • soap
  • toothbrushes 
  • toothpaste

How to make a food donation to the food bank

We consider transport of the food to the Food Bank to be part of your donation. Please bring items to:

Greater Cleveland Food Bank 
15500 South Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110 

An appointment is not needed to drop off food. We are able to accept food donations Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please pull around to the back of our building and up to the first dock door on the right marked “All Donations.” Ring the bell outside the door and a member of our warehouse staff will be out to assist you. Our team will unload and weigh the items in order to provide you with a receipt for the donation.

Please be prepared to provide our staff with the organization and contact information for your drive and/or food donation. 

Note: For the safety of the clients we serve, the Food Bank can only accept food donations that are non-perishable and directly received by a staff member.  Any items left outside our building will be disposed of. All donated items should be unopened and unexpired.