Hunger Network Food Rescue Joins Forces with MetroHealth to Fight Local Hunger
Hunger Network Food Rescue, a program leading the effort to reduce food waste and fight hunger, is joining forces with MetroHealth to get food into the hands of Clevelanders facing food insecurity.
Hunger Network Food Rescue is powered by Food Rescue Hero, an app developed by 412 Food Rescue in Pittsburgh, PA. The Food Rescue Hero app enables volunteers to transport fresh, perishable surplus food from grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers directly to organizations that serve food-insecure populations.
“Hunger Network’s mission has served the region for over 40 years, providing emergency food and hot meals,” says Jennifer Scofield, Hunger Network CEO. “We are grateful to expand those efforts with Food Rescue and partner with organizations like MetroHealth to meet the community exactly where they need us most.”
Food Rescue Heroes transport food to MetroHealth’s Broadway Health Center weekly. As the program expands, Hunger Network Food Rescue intends to also expand the partnership with MetroHealth and transport food to additional locations.
“Through Food Rescue, we’re able to expand our network beyond the 72 Hunger Centers we support.” Scofield says. “We now have over 70 nonprofit partners including head start centers, schools, community health clinics, shelters, and more.”
“We’re thrilled to add MetroHealth to our ever growing list of partners,” adds Stacy Soulimiotis, Program Director of Hunger Network Food Rescue.
With a staff of 7,700 that provides care at four hospitals, four emergency departments, more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Northeast Ohio, MetroHealth is undoubtedly fulfilling their mission to lead the way to a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Since partnering with Hunger Network Food Rescue, MetroHealth has provided food to 298 people.
“This partnership allows us to help provide food for the people in our community who need it,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We know food insecurity causes a variety of problems for families, from poor nutrition to stress. We are grateful for the Hunger Food Network’s work to make our community healthier.”
Both Hunger Network Food Rescue and MetroHealth share a strong commitment to building healthier communities. Working together, the organizations can create tremendous change.
“MetroHealth has a strong network of longstanding relationships and a well-established service model,” says Soulimiotis. “Meanwhile, Food Rescue has a strong community engagement model and last-mile delivery technology. Combining these strengths will super-power our impact and allow us to reach those who are food insecure here in Greater Cleveland.”
Since launching in November of 2018, Hunger Network Food Rescue has rescued 275,000 pounds of food from waste, a retail value of $687,500 and an equivalent of 150,000 pounds of CO2 emissions mitigated. Thanks to the innovative, people-powered technology, anyone with a smartphone and a little free time can be part of the solution.
To join Hunger Network Food Rescue’s fight against hunger and food waste, visit hnfoodrescue.org.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.
About Hunger Network Food Rescue
The Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland launched Hunger Network Food Rescue in November of 2018 to address the disconnect between food waste and hunger. 40 percent of food is wasted while 1 in 5 go hungry in Cuyahoga County. Hunger Network Food Rescue’s unique approach takes the problem through the lens of an urban food system, impacting waste at each stage of the food supply value chain. To date, Hunger Network Food Rescue has redirected over 275,000 pounds of perfectly good food from going to landfills. The organization works with over 45 food donors, 75 nonprofit partners and over 600 volunteer drivers, our Food Rescue Heroes.