The Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Cleveland Browns joined forces to tackle hunger at the 24th annual Taste of the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.
More than 800 guests attended the major fundraiser for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, raising over $250,000. Every dollar will help the food bank provide three nutritious meals.
Honorary event co-chairs Cleveland Browns All-Pro Guard Joel Bitonio, Browns Wide Receiver and Returns Specialist Josh Cribbs and Chef Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit were joined by other current Cleveland Browns players and alumni to raise awareness and funds for Northeast Ohio families.
“For 24 years, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Cleveland Browns have partnered to help ensure our community has the
nutritious food it needs. The community’s consistent participation and support has been a leading factor of the event’s success,” Kristin Warzocha, President of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank said. “We’re excited to be back at First Energy Stadium this year and to see how many meals we’ll be able to provide from this year’s Taste of the Browns.”
“An enormous thank you goes to the Cleveland Browns who have so generously hosted this event for the past 23 years, as well as the chefs who are giving their time and talent,” she added.
Guests sampled cuisine from some of the city’s best restaurants, mingled with current Browns players and alumni and bid on a silent auction. The event was held in the 7UP City Club at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio, serving more than 343,000 families and individuals in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties in 2021. The food bank’s mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPS BY ERIC EAKIN