“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,” Lourenco Goncalves, Cleveland-Cliffs chairman, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “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.”
Perdue said this is the first donation that Shared Harvest has received from Cleveland-Cliffs.
“However, we have received donations from AK Steel prior to the Cleveland-Cliffs and AK Steel merger,” Purdue said. “The largest donation we received in the past 12 months was from Mr. Jeff Bezos at $545,675 and Barclays at $300,000.
“These generous donations, among others enabled us to substantially increase our services to the community by 40% or 2,841,500 pounds more in 2020 compared to 2019. This (Cleveland-Cliffs) donation was unsolicited and greatly appreciated.”
Cleveland-Cliffs, sounded in 1847, is the largest flat-rolled steel producer in North America.