I am filled with pride to report that City of Beachwood employees came together to raise funds that will provide more than 17,500 meals for people in need. This is the City’s 8th year participating in the Great Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign, an annual campaign aimed at fighting hunger in 21 of Ohio's counties.
Karen Carmen, Beachwood’s Community Services Director, and her staff energetically lead the Harvest for Hunger efforts for Beachwood. She is the mind behind the creative themes that help inspire our team to continually surpass our goals. During this year’s Fork it Over campaign, every time a dollar was raised, a fork was added to a central display in City Hall.
Whether it was spare change, selling candy, $5 jeans on Friday, or a pizza party for the cause, employees generously came through to give back to the community. City of Beachwood employees collected $4,835 during this year's Harvest for Hunger Campaign, a 21% increase over last year's collection.
Harvest for Hunger is a joint effort of the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. As so many hard working neighbors and families struggle to put food on the table, I hope our contributions will help these agencies ease the burden for some.
The City of Beachwood will continue to support this worthy cause. I extend my sincere gratitude to the many who “forked it over” during this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign.