Opening the Cleveland Chesed Center

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Our recent Population Study showed that 19% of Cleveland Jewish households live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Based on this research, the Federation founded a Task Force on Financial Distress, chaired by Bruce Goodman. Their recommendation: Establish a Chesed Center. Chesed, for kindness.

A report from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Feeding America, stated that Cleveland Heights is one of the three Cleveland suburbs most likely to have residents seeking referrals to food pantries; yet there are not currently enough food pantries to serve the needy population.

We wanted to change that. We wanted to help our community members who are struggling. Why? Because we aspire to leave no community member behind.

In collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, we identified a neighborhood in Cleveland Heights with an underserved population. And, in partnership with exceptional community stakeholders, we opened the Cleveland Chesed Center just this month.

A member agency of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the Chesed Center is addressing food insecurity in our community by distributing kosher food to families at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The center will also provide furniture, clothing, and personal care items to families in need.

This work is life-changing. And, it’s because of you. Thank you – to each and every one of you who made a donation this year. You are the reason we are able to do this kind of incredible work.

Because of you, we are able to care for neighbors and strangers, living around the corner and across the globe.

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