Yes, yes, this is one of those bar fundraisers with all-you-can-eat bar-food buffet, flowing beer, wine and soft drinks, gift-basket raffles, games, and lots of gabbing and fun). And it does cost a $25 (at the door, $10 is tax deductible). But it's all you can eat/drink!!!!
This though, benefits a food pantry with a twist: They DELIVER to 450 food-pantry eligible people who cannot GET to a food pantry to avail themselves of the services. There used to be plenty of food but as of January, their USDA allotment from the Cleveland Food Bank was CUT IN HALF in favor of "smaller" pantries so now, the guy who has been running this, suddenly doesn't have enough food to distribute.
Most are elderly living alone, some young with mobility issues, some can't pass a driver's test anymore and have no one to drive them to a food pantry, etc. Average income is $1,000 a month.
John is the epitome of keeping costs low. He rents a garage as a warehouse for the food and a desk that is his office (okay, okay, he spent money on a heater for the garage so volunteers don't have to freeze while packing bags), and everything is done by non-paid volunteers. Those CFTers familiar with our HandsOn volunteer group may be familiar.
Now don't panic, it's called "All Faith's Pantry" but that's because John specifically wanted no affiliation with any religion, as many food pantries are these days.
Thought it would be a good opportunity for people without time to volunteer and who might be going to grab a pizza on a Friday night anyway, to meet up with other CFTers and see if any of us can win something! I've been to these things for friends' kids' traveliing whatever-kind-of-sports team fundraisers and they are kind of fun.
All Faith's Pantry also has a reggae fundraiser every year, which is lots of fun too.
Here is the Facebook event page for further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/206685119473566/
Here is a WKYC segment from a couple years ago: http://www.wkyc.com/life/community/Hero_Central/article/149722/332/Cleveland-All-Faiths-Pantry-feeds-greatest-generation