Heights Emergency Food Center hosts benefit

Bob Vitolan, president of Heights Emergency Food Center, stocking shelves. Photo by Michael Froelich.

Heights Emergency Food Center (HEFC) is hosting a benefit to support its mission of providing food to people in emergency situations.

The benefit, sponsored by The Equal Food Fund, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on
 Saturday, Nov. 10 at the B Side Lounge, 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance at http://hefcbenefit.eventbrite.com/ or at the door the night of the event. Tickets include food, beer and wine. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50 raffle.

If you cannot attend the event, a donation can be made at the above website. All of the money raised will go to HEFC to purchase food to help hungry families in this community.

“We have had a great response from community businesses such as City Buddha, Tommy’s, the Inn on Coventry, Heinen’s, Alesci’s and Crate & Barrel,” said Bob Vitolan, president of HEFC.

The center opened in October 1981 with help from the Heights Interfaith Council. It served nine families that month. More than 1,000 individuals are now provided with a three-day supply of food once a month.

HEFC serves individuals from the Cleveland Heights, University Heights, South Euclid and Lyndhurst neighborhoods.

People seek help from HEFC due to a recent illness, loss of a job, change in family status resulting in loss of income, unemployment, disability, fixed income or other situations that have left them without the means to secure adequate food for themselves and their families.

The board of trustees and volunteers run the food center. There’s always a need for volunteers to pick up donations, restock the pantry and sort food. Support comes from churches, service and social organizations, public, parochial and private schools, federal grants and individuals.

For more information visit www.hefc.webs.com.

Robyn McGinty

Robyn McGinty, a volunteer for the Equal Food Fund of Cleveland Heights, works closely with Bob Vitolan and Michael Froelich of the Heights Emergency Food Center.

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