Kristen Glazer, and Joseph and Diane Tira with Cleveland Browns mascot Chomps

“Market at the Food Bank,” the 29th annual food and wine event to benefit Harvest for Hunger, was attended by more than 1,000 guests.
The evening offered food and drinks served by many of Cleveland’s top restaurateurs and purveyors, musical entertainment and, most importantly, an opportunity to combat hunger in our community. Co-chairs for “Market at the Food Bank” were Pat Pastore of PNC Cleveland and Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic of the Cleveland Clinic. Honorary event chairs were Marc Bona of and Brandon Chrostowski of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute. Honorary co-chairs were Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb and Chris Ronayne, Cuyahoga County Executive.
The Harvest for Hunger campaign is a food and funds drive that spans

Christian and Kristin Warzocha with Joe and Nelda Dirocco

21 counties, managed by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In 2023, it provided more than 29 million meals to our neighbors in need. The past few years have been a difficult time and the challenges persist. In 2023, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank saw a steady increase in the number of people seeking assistance every month due to the rising costs of food, fuel, utilities and housing. This year’s “Market at the Food Bank,” held at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Partner Distribution Hub, raised over $350,000, or enough to provide a million meals. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOS BY ERIC EAKIN.