JACK Entertainment donates kitchen sets, utensils to Cleveland Food Bank’s Community Resource Center

Last Friday, Dec. 8, officials with JACK Entertainment announced it is collaborating with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to provide access to food and promote holistic well-being.

The gaming company donated more than 600 kitchen sets, utensils, and kitchenware to the Bood Bank’s new Community Resource Center to empower people served by the Food Bank by giving them the tools they need to create healthy meals within their own homes.

JACK Entertainment donated the kitchen sets, with support from its vendors the Gander Group and Power It Up, to enhance the Community Resource Center’s efforts to create a comprehensive and inclusive space for the community.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Community Resource Center acts as a one-stop shop for community members, reducing barriers by offering healthy food, more than a dozen social services agencies, and a variety of resources like housing, employment, and healthcare access—all under one roof.

Additionally, Food Bank communications specialist Emma Shamburger says they’ve been hosting food demos almost daily to help patrons with dinner inspirations.

“The purpose of those food demos is to show our neighbors how to make the nutritious food that they can get for free that day in the Market, and the sets will go to those in our community who may not have access to cooking utensils,” she says. “Our goal is to end hunger today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime—and giving these sets to those in need helps us fulfill that goal.”

Local chefs have been supporting the demo program by participating in the demonstration. Fairfax urban farm owner and healthy living champion Vel Scott, for example, recently gave a demonstration on cooking spaghetti squash

Recipients of the donated kitchen items include income-eligible individuals, as well as participants in the Nourishing Beginnings program, which aims to increase positive birth outcomes for expecting families living in communities with high infant mortality rates.

“We believe in the power of community partnerships, and our collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is a testament to our commitment to making a positive impact in the community we serve,” JACK Entertainment vice president of purchasing and food and beverage Steve Zappacosta said in a statement. “By contributing kitchen essentials, we hope to not only address immediate food needs but also empower individuals to lead healthier and more self-sufficient lives.”