Hunger Network Announces Market after Dark at Iconic West Side Market Oct. 24

Thursday, August 29, 2019

CLEVELAND, OHThe Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, an organization committed to reducing hunger and enhancing nutrition in the community today announce Market after Dark: a one-of-a-kind culinary event at Cleveland’s iconic West Side Market. The event is Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.HNFoodRescue.org/marketafterdark and are $65 until Sept. 30 and $75 beginning Oct. 1.

“Cleveland is one of the country’s best food cities and the 107-year-old West Side Market is a culinary destination for both locals and visitors,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We welcome the Hunger Network to the Market and look forward to supporting our vendors as they work alongside leading chefs and restaurateurs to create a successful event.”

The evening will be filled with artisanal food, local brews and wine, chef demos, and live music. Featuring 20+ local restaurants, breweries, and wineries, culinary enthusiasts can come together to celebrate Cleveland’s food scene all the while fighting local hunger and food waste. Attendees will be given a passport upon entrance and travel through the market for a culinary adventure. All proceeds will benefit Hunger Network Food Rescue, a program leading the effort to prevent viable food from entering the waste stream.

The Hunger Network is a local nonprofit that has been working to reduce hunger and enhance nutrition in the region for over 40 years. Hunger Network Food Rescue, launched in November 2018, serves to bridge the gap between food waste and hunger. Forty percent of food is wasted while 1 in 5 Clevelanders face hunger.

“Hunger Network’s mission has served the region for over 40 years, providing emergency food and hot meals, and now we have expanded with the Food Rescue program,” said Jennifer Scofield, Hunger Network CEO. “We are grateful to build new relationships and increase our community engagement through different events like Market After Dark. These opportunities make it easy for everyone to take part in ending hunger right here in Cleveland. ”

Since the program launch, Hunger Network Food Rescue has saved nearly 175,000 pounds of food, a retail value of $437,500 and has mitigated 95,025 pounds of CO2 emissions. Rescued food is delivered to Hunger Centers around Cuyahoga County as well other nonprofits like Head Starts, schools, libraries, Neighborhood Family Practice Centers, and Catholic Charities food centers.

"It is an honor for the United West Side Market Tenant’s Association with the support of the City of Cleveland, to partner with local chefs and the community to assist the Hunger Network in accomplishing its mission."

For additional details, ticket purchases, or to become a vendor, please visit: www.HNFoodRescue.org/marketafterdark

About the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland (HNGC)

Our mission is to reduce hunger and enhance nutrition in our community by providing food and other health-related vital services to individuals and families. The HNGC is the largest and most efficient distribution of emergency food through a network of neighborhood-based food pantries and hot meal sites across Cuyahoga County. HN Food Rescue uses innovative app technology to move food from businesses to nonprofit organizations through committed volunteers. HNFoodRescue.orgHungerNetwork.org

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life for its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland.

About the West Side Market

The West Side Market,  owned and operated by the City of Cleveland, is located in the city’s vibrant Ohio City neighborhood. It is home to more than 100 vendors offering an array of artisan meats, local and sustainable fresh produce, cheeses, prepared foods, bakery items and international fare. As Cleveland’s oldest continuously operating public-owned market, the complex is an anchor in Cleveland’s vibrant food scene. The national historic landmark welcomes more than 1 million visitors per year and is lauded as the “Best Food Lovers Market” by Bon Appetit and “One of the Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association. Since opening in 1912, the West Side Market remains largely unchanged and continues offering an authentic Cleveland food experience.

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