St. Augustine Hunger Center serving thousands in longstanding Thanksgiving tradition

The parish has been serving the hungry in Greater Cleveland for more than 46 years

St. Augustine Hunger Center serving thousands in longstanding tradition

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It takes a village to feed the entire Greater Cleveland area.

That’s what they do daily, year after year, at St. Augustine Hunger Center.

Sister Corita Ambro retired from St. Augustine last month, but in true form, she couldn’t stay away.

“I’m here because my heart is here. That’s the biggest reason why, and trying to support the people who are trying to take my place over here," she said.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, St. Augustine will feed thousands in the Greater Cleveland area: delivering meals to the sick and home bound, and then serving hot meals right there at the center.

It’s what’s St. Augustine is known for. There’s a need they serve.

“There’s a lot of people that depend on this meal. We serve breakfast lunch and dinner 5 days a week and breakfast and lunch, Friday and Sunday and if it wasn’t for this place they wouldn’t be eating anything at all," said longtime volunteer, Laura Sherman.

Sister Corita says that’s what it’s all about: family. food, fellowship and service.

A hot breakfast will be served 8-9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning at the Hunger Center, 2486 W. 14th St., Cleveland.

Volunteers will begin serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at 11 a.m.

Meals also will be delivered to St. Colman (West 65th Street) and Mary Queen of Peace (Pearl Road) parishes, all located in Cleveland. In addition to providing meals at these parishes, 28 other hunger centers and nonprofit agencies have requested Thanksgiving meal deliveries to ensure homeless and homebound people will receive a Thanksgiving dinner.

To volunteer, request a meal delivery or for a ride to a facility that provides the holiday meal, call St. Augustine at 216-781-5530.

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