Harvest for Hunger campaign needs community support 


More than 100 community members gathered at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to celebrate the successes of the 2014 Harvest for Hunger campaign, one of the largest food and funds drives in the country on Friday, May 9, 2014.

With the need for emergency food now greater than ever before, the Foodbank encouraged the community to continue its incredible participation in the campaign. The Foodbank is just 280,000 meals away from its aggressive Harvest for Hunger goal of 4 million meals!

"You need to know one thing above all before you leave here this afternoon and start your weekend," said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. "For the mom who visits a food pantry for fresh vegetables during summer vacation, and for the senior citizen who goes once a week to a soup kitchen to help stretch their money to buy their prescriptions—you have provided more than food, you have given these individuals hope. Thank you for continuing to rally around your Foodbank!"

The Foodbank requested the help of the community in this final stretch of the campaign. In an effort to help the Foodbank even closer to its goal, Shearer's Food has generously offered to match online gifts made this weekend, up to $10,000.

This weekend only, $1 = 8 meals. Simply visit akroncantonfoodbank.org to make your gift to the campaign. One hundred percent of all Harvest for Hunger donations will go directly toward feeding hungry men, women and children in our community.

The local Harvest for Hunger campaign is being led by three respected leaders from the food industry: Bill Frantz, Sandridge Food Corporation, Shawn McCall, US Foods, and C.J. Fraleigh, Shearer's Foods.

Additional support for Harvest for Hunger is provided by local media sponsors including the About Magazine, Akron Beacon Journal, The Independent, Ohio.com, The Repository, The Suburbanite, Time Warner Cable, The Times-Reporter, WJW Fox 8, WKYC TV 3, WOIO 19 Action News.