On November 10 for the first time every, the first annual End Hunger in Lakewood event took place, when 34 Lakewood restaurants and food retailers donated 10% of their sales to Lakewood Community Services Center.
The effort was led by Matt Fish, founder/owner off Melt Bar and Grilled, whose first location is in Lakewood. He says that the event exceeded all expectations, raising $10,800, which will be used for fresh produce for LCSC’s food pantry and its home delivery to seniors in subsidized housing.
“I cannot begin to thank the restaurateurs and food retailers who immediately responded to my request for their participation,” says Fish.“Donating 10% of food sales on a Saturday is no small gesture. This outpouring of support for needy Lakewood residents speaks to the generosity and community-mindedness of my colleagues here in town. I am sure that hearing the staggering number of Lakewood residents living below the poverty level moved many to jump on board.”
“This amazing donation will allow us to purchase approximately 1,500 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables every month for all of 2019, which will have a huge impact on our clients who rely on us for food,” said LCSC executive director Trish Rooney. “Our goal has always been to secure healthy food to supplement the shelf-stable groceries we provide, but it is easier said than done. Fresh produce is not inexpensive and not always readily available, but this support will open up our options to buy product from a number of vendors in Cleveland who either offer us significantly reduced pricing or who rescue food from local farmers.”
The date of the 2019 end Hunger in Lakewood Day will be announced soon.