JVN is pleased to partner once again with the Cleveland Foodbank!
The following programs ALL take place at the Cleveland Foodbank
15500 South Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110
Produce to People
April – September on the 3rd Thursday of the month
3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
At the produce distributions, as much as 20,000 lbs. of produce is given to over 400 community members in need. Volunteers assist with sign in, lead cooking demos, pass out produce, and assist clients to their vehicles with their bags of produce. Minimum age - 12 years old. .
Friday, May 24
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Help plant a produce garden! Lay garden socks, organize the irrigation system and plant seeds. Produce grown will be distributed to community members. Minimum age – 12 years old. .
Community Kitchen/Summer Lunch Program
June 17 - August 23
Monday – Friday
2 hr. shifts are available throughout the morning and afternoon beginning at 10 a.m.
Prepare lunches served at 40 sites in Cleveland to children who are at-risk for hunger during the summer months. Individuals and groups are welcome. Registration will close one week in advance. Minimum age - 12 years old. .
For more information contact: Susan Hyman, JVN Director
Email: or call 216.593.2887
JVN Winter Break Lunch Program Brightened Cleveland Children's Holidays
Children who participated in the Jewish Volunteer Network's (JVN) Winter Break Lunch Program at the end of December had an incredible experience. During the six-day program, nearly 150 children per day, enjoyed a hot nutritious lunch, entertainment, crafts and holiday gifts, such as insulated gloves and a string backpack filled with food and snacks.
This year’s three locations were selected because children at these sites were most vulnerable to hunger issues during winter break. The program would not have been a success without JVN’s 120 enthusiastic volunteers who served lunch, played games, initiated crafts and were totally engaged in conversation with program participants.
The Winter Break Lunch Program was made possible by the generosity and support of our corporate sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Roetzel & Andress, and additional support from The Nathan and Fannye Shafran Family Foundation, The Grant Roth Memorial Fund and The Nina and Norman Wain Family Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
of amazing photos.
about the Winter Break Lunch Program in the following Sun Press article:
“This is the gate of the Lord, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry.” - Midrash Psalms 118:17
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JVN Mission Statement
JVN's mission is to increase the number of people who volunteer their time and expertise to meet community needs. Volunteer opportunities are based on the values of chesed (kindness), tzedek (righteousness and justice) and tikkun olam (making the world a better place).