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Elk & Elk attorneys help hunger center provide 17,000 meals for Thanksgiving

Hunger is a problem 365 days a year, not just during the holidays. That’s why Elk & Elk partners each Thanksgiving with Cleveland sports radio personality Mark “Munch” Bishop to help stock the pantry at the St. Augustine Hunger Center in Tremont.

On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, for the eighth consecutive year, Cleveland attorneys Art and Dave Elk and the rest of the staff of Elk & Elk loaded up a trailer with food and pitched in to help collect donations during the 23rd annual food drive.

“I am so thankful for the support of Dave and Art and everyone at Elk & Elk,” said Sister Corita Ambro, who has been the hunger center director for 42 years. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

This year, besides donating 400 turkeys to the hunger center to be used throughout the year and next Thanksgiving, Elk & Elk also made a matching donation for the first $12,000 in cash donations given to the hunger center.

“It’s a pleasure for us to help out at the hunger center,” said Elk & Elk senior Partner Dave Elk. “This is a very difficult time for them. But the wonderful people here do such a great job. It’s our honor to work with them.”

Throughout the day of the food drive, area residents pulled up in their vehicles and donated turkeys and other food products, doing their part to help keep the center running for the next year. An anonymous donor gave the center 35,000 pounds of meat, which the center will use to make their meals go even further.

“It was more than a success,” said Sister Corita, referring to the food drive. “Before the drive, our shelves were empty. Now, our shelves are filled to overflowing.”

On Thanksgiving Day, the hunger center used the donations to serve more than 17,000 meals at St. Augustine and at 16 other shelters and centers across the Cleveland Area.

T.J. Ward and Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns pitched in to help with the food drive for the second year, giving the food drive a boost with their star power and boosting the morale of the center’s volunteers.

“We’re blessed to be in the situation that we’re in … and God has put us in this situation for a reason and we just have to give back anyway we can,” Ward said.

“My hope is that their generosity, which has been wonderful, will be an example to other people to follow what these men have done,” Sister Corita said.

The Thanksgiving food drive is St. Augustine’s biggest event of the year for the Hunger Center. However, donations and community service are accepted and needed all year long. In addition to providing meals, the hunger center serves many other needs of the poor, including clothing, emergency funding for rent and utilities, furniture and appliances.

“We think about them during the holidays but anytime throughout the entire season that you can help, please do,” Bishop said.

To learn more about how you can help the St. Augustine Hunger Center fulfill its mission to feed Cleveland’s hungry 365 days a year, visit www.staugustine-west14.org or call the parish at 216-781-5530 and ask for Sister Corita.

The parish and Hunger Center are located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood at 2486 W. 14th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.

Click here to see a video about how you can help all year long.

Elk & Elk partners with hunger center, radio host to battle hunger

Everyday across the country, millions of Americans battle hunger. It’s a battle no one should have to fight. That’s why the Ohio attorneys at Elk & Elk are privileged to be able to help some Cleveland-area residents win that battle.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, members of the Elk & Elk family will be loading up a trailer full of turkeys and food and traveling to the St. Augustine Hunger Center in Tremont.

This is the eighth consecutive year Elk & Elk has partnered with Cleveland sports radio host Mark “Munch” Bishop to help stock the hunger center for the year to come. Bishop, who started the annual food drive in 1990, will be broadcasting live from the center to help raise awareness of the food drive.

From 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 21, the hunger center will be accepting food and monetary donations at its Tremont home – donations that will keep the center feeding three meals a day for the next year.

“The help that we get each year is so important for us to keep this hunger center going. Without it, I could not do it,” said Sister Corita Ambro, director of the hunger center.

“We take each dollar that comes in and stretch it as far as we can so that we can provide meals for these people every single day,” said Sister Corita. “If you give us $10, we can feed at least 100 people with that.” She said that the center serves up to 250 people at each meal.

This year, every dollar you donate to the hunger during the food drive will go even further. Elk & Elk will match every dollar donated up to $12,000.

“Without the support of the Cleveland community, we wouldn’t be where we are today. It’s important for us to give back to the community and take care of the less fortunate members of our community,” said Elk & Elk managing partner Arthur Elk.

Hunger center volunteers cook and carve 50 turkeys a day from Oct. 1 through Thanksgiving day to prepare the thousands of turkeys that will be used on Thanksgiving day.

On Thanksgiving day, more than 17,000 poor and homeless residents of the Greater Cleveland area will be fed by food from the hunger center. Sister Corita says she shares the turkeys with 17 soup kitchens and pantries across the area.

To learn more about how you can help the St. Augustine Hunger Center fulfill its mission to feed Cleveland’s hungry, visit its website at www.staugustine-west14.org or call the parish at 216-781-5530.

The center is located in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood at 2486 W. 14th St.