Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Emergency Feeding Programs

In Northeast Ohio, one in six people is at risk of going hungry. Sometimes, it is emergency situations like sudden job loss, illness or injury that lead to a dire struggle to find food.

In an effort to reach those in need of emergency food, The Greater Cleveland Food Bank offers several emergency feeding programs.

To locate a program near you, contact the Food Bank’s Help Center to speak to one of our Benefits Outreach Counselors at 216.738.2067.

Food Pantries

There are more than 230 distribution sites in our service area that offer families and individuals food. This includes canned and boxed goods as well as fresh produce. The amounts of food distributed are typically distributed based on household size and includes a three-day supply. Choice pantry distribution models are encouraged.

Hot Meal Programs

The Food Bank works with more than 100 hot meal programs that serve hot, prepared meals directly to their clients. Hot meal programs can order food from the Food Bank and prepare a meal for their community, or programs can order a prepared meal from the GCFB Kitchen. Click here for more information about our on-site kitchen.


The Food Bank also works with shelters to serve the homeless population in Northeast Ohio. Shelters provide housing and food to clients at no cost. There are more than a dozen in the area that are served by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.