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Families at the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s Lakeview Terrace Head Start center will pick up more than their children on Monday afternoon; they’ll have the opportunity to pick up free bananas, chocolate milk and Uncrustables sandwiches.

The food donations are thanks to a partnership between CEOGC, the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and Hermes. The Hunger Network runs the Hunger Network Food Rescue – a program leading the effort to prevent viable food from entering the waste stream. It launched in November 2018.

This past weekend, Hermes, Cleveland’s premier sports event management firm, hosted its annual 10 miler race, and provided nutritious snacks to the runners. After the event, the leftover food was collected, then dropped off at CEOGC’s Lakeview Terrace Head Start center to be distributed to Head Start families.

“Through our Head Start program, we provide high-quality education to children across the county,” said Dr. Thea Wilson, Vice President for Children and Families at CEOGC. “In addition to the education we provide, we work with our families to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency. Providing healthy snacks free of charge takes one thing off of a busy parent’s plate for the evening.”

A special thank you to our partners involved in making this a reality for our families and children. We look forward to seeing this partnership expand in the future!