Harvest for Hunger kicks off its annual campaign Tuesday.

The fund-and food-raising effort spans 21 counties. It’s goal is to provide nutritional meals to thousands of people in northeast Ohio.

More than 247,000 people turn to hunger programs annually in Northeast Ohio. Almost 50% of those served by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s more than 800 partner agencies and programs are children and elderly.

The 25th annual campaign kicks off at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The campaign is a collaborative effort of four food banks including the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, the Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio and the Second Harvest Foodbank of Mahoning Valley; and coordinated locally by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Hundreds of volunteers and businesses help out the cause each year.

Last year’s efforts raised about $4 million for local families.

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