Eighteen Cleveland Club members prepped meals at DC Central Kitchen while 27 Strongsville National Honor Society students and three adults packed food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
On Tuesday, November 27 – Giving Tuesday – the Cleveland Club of Washington, D.C., helped give in a special way: volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen to prepare meals for the city's hungry citizens. In conjunction with Club member efforts during two-and-a-half evening hours, 27 students of the Strongsville High School National Honor Society and three adults volunteered their time at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in Cleveland.
Eighteen Cleveland Club members, including the organizer of this effort, Michael Palinkas, made salads, baked drumsticks, carved turkey, and doled out apple sauce that was then trucked to hunger relief distributors in the Washington area.
Founded in 1989, DC Central Kitchen accepts donated food from around the city, repackages it into balanced meals and oversees redistributing it to homeless shelters and nonprofits. It prepares about three million meals annually and also trains residents in culinary arts, then helps them find jobs.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio, distributing food to more than 900 food pantries.