Over the last year, I’ve really enjoyed getting involved with the Cleveland Foodbank’s new volunteer group, YP Pantry.
I had volunteered at the Foodbank a few times previously with the Ohio Blogging Association. However, YP Pantry’s monthly volunteer and social events have been about much more than getting to know other Cleveland young professionals (although that has been fun).
It’s been an awakening experience thanks to the staff at the Foodbank and member agencies like Trinity Lutheran Church – helping me better understand the effects of hunger on Northeast Ohio.
Witnessing how wide-reaching hunger is and how it can affect all of us has given me a much stronger appreciation for programs like Harvest for Hunger, whose goal in 2013 is to raise over 16 million meals.
Each year, Harvest for Hunger raises food and funds for 21 Ohio counties, one of the largest drives in the country.
Whether it’s donating money ($1 provides 4 meals), organizing a food drive or attending community events like YP Pantry’s Harvest for Hunger Happy Hour on March 21, the campaign is a success when everyone in Northeast Ohio lends a hand.
One way to have a huge impact on Harvest for Hunger is to attend their Market at the Foodbank fundraiser.
From 6-8:30pm on April 14, Cleveland chefs and celebrity servers like Press Wine Bar, SoWFood, Strip Steakhouse, AMP 150 and Washington Place Bistro will take over the Cleveland Foodbank for an evening of savory tastings, drinks, and live entertainment.
This is my first time attending Market at the Foodbank, as my friend Kate guestblogged for me last year (you can read her recap here).
Previously, this benefit has raised $188,000, which translates to 750,000+ meals in one night.
General Admission tickets are $85 in March ($100 in April and at the door). VIP tickets cost $175 which includes an exclusive reception from 5-6pm. Buy tickets online or call 216-738-2046.
I’m also happy to announce I’m giving away a pair of tickets on Clue Into Cleveland!
There are 5 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway
**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**
1) Leave a comment telling me how you support Harvest for Hunger. (Need ideas? Check out this blog post.)
4) Twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “I want to win tickets to @CleveFoodbank’s Market at the Foodbank! Enter @ADHicken’s #MarketatFB giveaway: http://wp.me/p2Ukr0-1TN″. (Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.)
5) Subscribe to receive Clue Into Cleveland blog posts in your inbox or feed reader like Feedly (RIP, Google Reader!) and leave a comment letting me know you did. This can also include signing up to receive email notifications in the top-right “Subscribe” section of this page.
You have until Monday, March 25 at 11:59PM to enter. On Tuesday, March 26, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog. Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!