School market program brings fresh food to CH-UH community
Starting in September, students, families and CH-UH community members will have the opportunity to receive free fresh produce and pantry items each month at two locations, as part of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank School Market program.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, representatives from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and the food bank will kick off the market at Boulevard Elementary School (1749 Lee Road). The market will distribute food there throughout the school year, on the first Tuesday of each month.
Oxford Elementary School (939 Quilliams Road) will begin its market on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and it will be available on the third Tuesday of each month.
Both markets will be open 2:30–4:30 p.m.
“This is a terrific service to our school families and communities,” said Karen Allen, a school social worker who helped bring the program to the district. “We’re so grateful for our partnership with the food bank, which will allow us to help keep our students and community healthy.”
At each school market distribution, approximately 5,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with shelf-stable product such as whole-wheat pasta and beans, will be distributed for free to families in need. Additionally, these distributions will often feature nutrition education, health and wellness activities, and food demonstrations.
Families do not need to provide proof of eligibility—the markets are open to all. For additional information, contact Allen at 216-320-4669 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s website, www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/programs/school-markets.
Cathan Bricker is the communications administrative assistant for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.