Becoming a Member Agency

Steps to Completing a Membership Application

The mission of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
is to Feed People and Fight Hunger.

We do this by providing food and other essential items to member agencies in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne.  These member agencies operate more than 500 programs like food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food.

The Foodbank’s member agencies play a critical role in our mission and we are pleased that you are interested in joining us in the fight against hunger.  There is an eight-step process to becoming a member of the Foodbank.

As part of Step 1, download and review the Foodbank Membership 101.  This document outlines the roles and responsibilities of membership to which each agency will be held.  If you have any questions regarding the terms used in this document, please refer to our Membership Terminology page.

If you believe your agency can meet the standards outlined in Membership 101, please download the Membership Application: Overview & Sections 1, 2, and 3 for your program.  This section is required for all applying agencies.

Step 2 is complete the Qualifications Checklist included as page 3 of Membership Application: Overview & Sections 1, 2, and 3.  If you can answer "Yes" to each statement on the checklist, please continue to Step 3 which is to complete the remainder of Sections 1,2 and 3 and to download and complete the program-specific sections of the application.  Agencies with multiple programs may need to complete several sections.  The application sections are listed below.  If you are unsure of the sections your agency will need to complete please call 330.535.6900 and ask for the member Services Department.

The application sections are fill-able and must be completed electronically.  Please type directly on the forms and submit the forms via email.  Do not print it out and handwrite responses. Completed applications should be emailed to

Please Note: Membership applications will not be processed October 1 – December 31.  Applications submitted during this time will be reviewed in January with the membership process resumes.

Foodbank Membership 101


Membership Application Sections:

Overview & Section 1,2,3 - MUST BE COMPLETED BY ALL AGENCIES

Section 4 Pantry Program

Section 5 Hot Meal

Section 6 Emergency Shelter

Section 7 Non Emergency Programs - All other programs not mentioned

Section 8 Youth Programs

2014 Membership & Liability Agreement - MUST BE COMPLETED BY ALL AGENCIES

2014 USDA & Ohio Commodities Agreement - Completed by food pantries, hot meals and shelters ONLY

If you have questions about the documents or application process, contact Member Services at (330) 535-6900 or

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