Cleveland Food Bank Loses Personal Data for Dozens of Clients

Feb 14, 2017

Cleveland police are still looking for the stolen car that contained personal information on 44 Greater Cleveland Food Bank clients. The car was stolen last month after a food bank worker had collected the written information on assistance applications.  

Food bank Communications Director Karen Pozna says so far none of the affected clients have reported any instances of identity theft. They were sent letters alerting them about the stolen information and offered free credit-protection service for a year. Pozna says the worker, who’s no longer with the food bank, should have downloaded the written information onto a computer within 48 hours.

“It’s always an opportunity to look at our policy and make sure that paperwork is entered into our system. And I think we’re going to take action, too, to make sure we retrain our team on the policy as well.”

Pozna says police do not believe the personal data was the target of the car theft from the Steelyard Commons shopping area.