Our cause is not hunger – it is people and has been for over 40 years.
The Interchurch Council of Greater Cleveland created the Hunger Taskforce over 40 years ago due to cuts in public welfare programs and the national recession. The two-person staff focused on addressing the increasing need for emergency food for children in Cuyahoga County.
In 1995, the Hunger Taskforce became an independent organization renamed the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland (HNGC). Headquartered in Downtown Cleveland, the Network has grown to a staff of eight full-time employees and expanded services to men, women, children and the elderly.
Dana Irribarren was the founding Executive Director/CEO of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, advocating against local hunger since 1977. She served the organization for nearly 40 years, managing the staff, dedicated Board of Trustees, and our selfless hunger center volunteers; this was her mission and her passion.