The Greater Cleveland Food Bank took its 23rd annual Taste of the Browns fundraiser on the road to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for a family-friendly affair.
The reimagined event to fight hunger included favorites from the traditional fundraiser, as well as some fun new elements. The 700 guests enjoyed food from 25 local restaurants, mixing and mingling with Cleveland Browns alumni, a silent auction with Browns memorabilia, and admission to the zoo.
“The Greater Cleveland Food Bank was excited to bring back Taste of the Browns this year. It not only provides needed meals to the community, but shows our support of the restaurant community which, in spite of its own challenges over the last year, has continued to champion the work we do in Northeast Ohio,” said Kristin Warzocha, president of the
Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Taste of the Browns is the major annual fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the region’s largest hunger relief organization. Warzocha said the food bank served 343,000 people last year, noting that one quarter of those people had never needed their services in the past. She added that one in six people in the Greater Cleveland community is food insecure.
This year’s honorary event co-chairs were Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio, alumnus Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs and Chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit. The 2021 Taste of the Browns raised more than $185,000 to support the food bank’s mission of providing nutritious food to everyone in the Northeast Ohio community. STORY BY
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