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Our Mission

Our mission is to utilize fresh local food as a tool to empower, educate, and cultivate health in communities across our region. We promote the cultivation, purchase and consumption of fresh, local foods while simultaneously providing linkage to the other vital services and resources. Food is the tool we use to convene community members, bring in vital resources and foster overall community wellness. 


In all of our work, we make sure to engage the community. We work with, not for, communities, with the mindset that sustainability is ensured when the community has a sense of ownership over our work. We also form strategic partnerships with groups and individuals from the public, business and nonprofit sectors. It takes a village, and by working together, we are able to conserve resources while bringing in the services and expertise of a variety of like-minded stakeholders. 

Food Strong is dedicated to using fresh foods as a tool to educate, empower, and cultivate health throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer a variety of programs including the School Gardens, Care-A-Van, our Vacant Lot Restoration Initiative, Mobile Farm Stand, and the Care Strong Project, all designed to engage local neighborhoods through collaborative food and health-conscious education initiatives.

Click here to learn more about Food Strong’s programming.

"Being able to work with Food Strong mural project has been one of the best things I’ve been able to be involved in. I loved being a part of a positive force in the community."

                                              - Carson Bassett, Muralist


Sara Continenza
Founder and Executive Director

Our staff

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Stephanie Budd

Lead Educator

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Ruth Gray

VLRI Project Manager

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Katie Signorelli

Executive Assistant

Charlie Heyman

Farm Manager

Heather McCormick

Community Outreach Manager

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Taylor Sniatecki
Americorp VISTA Member

board of directors

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Nicole Salerno


Joseph Jerdonek

Vice President 

Sam Weir


Max Kolman


Mary K. Thomas

Board Member

Benjamin Simmons

Board Member

Susan Carroll

Board Member

John Fahsbender

Board Member

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David Miller

Board Member

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Caleb Curry

Board Member

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Kevin Ament

Board Member


David Hester

Board Member

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