Think globally; act locally: donate to the Heights Emergency Food Center

I was humbled. I just left the Heights Emergency Food Center. I was dropping off over $300 in cash and nearly 150 pounds of food that was donated by community members celebrating the Obama Inauguration at the Grog Shop.

It was January and it was cold outside. Make that very cold outside.Yet inside a small room in the back of a neighborhood church, I saw many people, too many people, waiting to get free food because they were hungry and couldn't afford to feed themselves or their families. They were sitting and many were standing, waiting their turn to be handed a bag of groceries.

I've worked on a number of campaigns and supported a lot of causes. I've often heard and had to deal with "NIMBY"- Not in my backyard.Well, this is one time I get to say and plead NIMBY! Nobody should go hungry.These are some really tough economic times.Couple that with the highest utility rates due to seasonal heating and we have many who are suffering.

Yes,these are our neighbors. Some you may recognize,others you won't. Some of them have kids that went to school with ours...others pass us on the streets. If we preach that our neighborhoods are important to us, then so are our neighbors!

So what am I asking? It's simple.Go to your cupboards(you know the ones that have three or four of an item that you haven't used for awhile) and grab a bag full of canned goods. Also find items that can  appropriately feed someone.Go to your local grocery store and pick up some extra items to throw in.

Then drive over to Heights Emergency Food Center and drop off your bag. If you can't afford to give or buy groceries, then give of your time and volunteer.You'll be hard pressed to find a nicer bunch of people to volunteer with.

The volunteers also let me know that the same storage cupboards that were full to the brim before Christmas,are now nearly bare. Stop by or give them a call. I'm sure that they will be happy to hear from you.

Here are the details:

HEIGHTS EMERGENCY FOOD CENTER at Disciples Christian Church (formerly Euclid Avenue Church) 3663 Mayfield Rd. Cleveland Heights,Ohio 44121(across from Severance Center). Phone: 216-381-0707.

Hours of operation:

Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fridays 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

They are also open the last two Thursday evenings of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

If you find that you can't make it over to the center during those hours, you are welcome to drop off food at my store-Big Fun, 1814 Coventry Rd. I'm open 11a.m. to 8 p.m. most days.

Think globally; act locally.Thanks for listening/reading   

Steve Presser is the owner of Big Fun on Coventry and a long-time Heights resident.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 3:58 PM, 02.09.2009