Special Distribution Partners
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) is the food Bank's Redistribution Organization (RDO). LMM and the Food Bank work together for the logistical transfer of food and grocery product. LMM also has a revered culinary program that operates from their Central kitchen on Cleveland's near east side.
The central kitchen is a state-of-the art commercial kitchen, and volunteers and culinary students help produce 2,000 – 5,000 meals per day. These meals are sent out eight different program and shelters operated by LMM to serve people who are homeless with nutritous meals. Many kitchen volunteers and program participants are part of the "Chopping for Change" program. This program provides work experience and training for women in the criminal justice system and helps empower them to re-join the labor force.
Country Neighbor Program, Inc, is our Partner Distribution Organization (PDO). Located in Orwell, Ohio in Ashtabula County, Country Neighbor helps much needed food reach the people of Ashtabula County. Food from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is transported to and housed in their facility and is then distibuted to eighteen partner programs in Ashtabula County. Country Neighbor distributes an average of 1,000,000 pounds of food to Ashtabula County residents on an annual basis.
In 2018, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank partnered with the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) to provide meals to a portion of their Cuyahoga County territory. The Food Bank Kitchen prepares roughly 1,700 meals daily for WRAA, which are delivered to 23 of their senior centers throughout Cuyahoga County. Through this partnership, the Food Bank is helping to ensure nearly 3,000 seniors receive the nutritious food they need every day.