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“Feeding the Hungry: An Investment in Our Community”

KPicture4ristin Warzocha is the President and CEO for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Northeast Ohio’s largest hunger relief organization.  The Food Bank relies on community support to fulfill its mission of ensuring that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.

She directs the organization’s efforts to provide nutritious food and support to more than 700 member agencies and programs that serve Northeast Ohioans in six counties, and champions the organization’s mission.  Warzocha assumed her new duties in November, 2014.

Warzocha has been with the Food Bank since 2000 in a variety of roles, all related to engaging the community in the organization’s work.  She served most recently as vice president of external affairs, overseeing fundraising, communications, advocacy, SNAP outreach and volunteer resources for the organization.

Warzocha managed the Food Bank’s capital campaign, which raised more than $10 million to construct a new state of the art community food distribution center.  She was also a member of the management team that helped facilitate the mergers of the Food Bank with Food Rescue of Northeast Ohio, another local hunger relief organization, in 2001 and with the Greater Cleveland Committee on Hunger in 2003.  As part of this second merger, the Food Bank took on responsibility for the coordination of the annual Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive, one of the largest campaigns of its type in the nation.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank received the 2013 Mary Ruth Herbers SNAP Outreach Excellence in Food Banking Award from Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, for outstanding service. In 2006, it was named Food Bank of the Year by Feeding America.  Also in 2006, it received the Organization Innovation Award from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Prior to her work at the Food Bank, she served on the staff at the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Greater Cleveland Committee on Hunger.

She is a proud graduate of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2010 and the Cleveland Bridge Builders Program.  She won a “40 under 40” award from Crain’s Cleveland Business in 1995.

Kristin currently serves on the board of the Ohio Association of Food Banks and has served as a trustee for the Children’s Hunger Alliance, ALS Association, Greater Cleveland Chapter, and the Catholic Commission on Community Action.

Kristin is a graduate of John Carroll University and she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Christian, and daughters, Samantha and Ryan.