Posted December 12, 2023
CLEVELAND, OHIO – December 12, 2023 – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, is gearing up to prepare and distribute 13,000 holiday meals through its annual St. Augustine Hunger Center Christmas meals campaign. Meals will be provided free to the community both on-site and through free home delivery throughout greater Cleveland.
“One in seven people across greater Cleveland is food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal will come from,” said Fredy Robles, chief program officer of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland. “Caring for unmet needs in our communities is a top priority at Catholic Charities, and we embrace the holidays especially as important opportunities to touch the lives of the individuals and families we serve.”
To receive a home-delivered meal on December 25th
Community members interested in receiving free home-delivered holiday meals are asked to register now by calling 216-377-3725 or emailing email@example.com. Required information includes: name, phone number, address and number of meals requested.
Catholic Charities is accepting meal delivery reservations until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22. Delivery will take place on December 25 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
To join the Christmas day meal service at St. Augustine Hunger Center
Community members are also invited to visit the St. Augustine Hunger Center for a special holiday meal service on December 25th. Christmas meals will be provided from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. onsite at 1400 Howard Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113. In addition to serving the individuals and families who visit the St. Augustine Hunger Center, Catholic Charities will also providing hot meals for distribution through approximately 15 community partners that support individuals in need in surrounding communities.
To serve as a volunteer
Catholic Charities organizes hundreds of volunteers annually to assist with the special holiday meal services and the delivery of meals out into the community.
Individuals who would like to volunteer for Christmas 2023 can visit ccdocle.org/holidaymeals to view and sign up for available opportunities. Registration is required and closes on December 22 to volunteer.
“Food insecurity has a significant impact on a person’s wellbeing, and we are grateful for the gracious support of hundreds of volunteers who spend part of their Christmas day joining us in service at the St. Augustine Hunger Center,” Meghan Pitrak, director of emergency assistance services at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.
During the 2023 holiday season, individuals and families across Northeast Ohio can also join in making a monetary gift at ccdocle.org/donate. Learn more about Catholic Charities’ community hot meals provided year-round at sites across Cuyahoga, Lorain and Summit counties at ccdocle.org.
ABOUT Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland:
As one of the largest comprehensive health and human services organizations in the region, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, carries out the healing and helping mission of Jesus across Northeast Ohio. Catholic Charities delivers more than 150 services at 60 locations to 400,000 individuals each year – providing help and creating hope for people of every race and religion throughout eight counties (Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne). For more information, visit www.ccdocle.org.
Media contact: Rebecca Gallant, 216.318.0518, firstname.lastname@example.org