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Cleveland-Cliffs donates $1 million to hunger relief, including at Northwest Indiana Food Bank

Cleveland-Cliffs donates $1 million to hunger relief, including at Northwest Indiana Food Bank

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Cleveland-Cliffs' offices at the Indiana Harbor steel mill in East Chicago are shown.

Cleveland-Cliffs has given $1 million to hunger relief across the nation, including to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.

The steelmaker, which just acquired most of ArcelorMittal USA for $1.4 billion, gave cash to 44 hunger relief agencies in 35 communities across North America where it has operations.

The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation donated enough cash to pay for 10 million meals in Ohio, Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario, Canada. 

“We sadly recognize that, throughout the United States and Canada, millions of households are experiencing food insecurity amid the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic," Chairman, President and CEO Lourenco Goncalves said. "As a direct consequence, local food banks are being challenged to respond to the needs of a growing number of their fellow citizens. As a leader in the North American steel industry and a prominent employer in many of the communities where we operate, we believe that Cleveland-Cliffs has a role to play in supporting these food banks.”

After acquiring ArcelorMittal's steel mills in Northwest Indiana and AK Steel, Cleveland-Cliffs went from being a longtime iron ore supplier to the largest flat-rolled steelmaker in the United States. It employs more than 25,000 people in mining and manufacturing across Northwest Indiana with a focus on supplying steel to automakers. 

Locally, it has operations in East Chicago, Burns Harbor, Gary, New Carlisle and Riverdale, Illinois, just across the state line.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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