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Foodbank Facts
  • A non-profit organization with a mission to Feed People and Fight Hunger
  • Provides food and other essential items to member agencies in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas & Wayne
  • Member agencies operate 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food
  • Provides food and essential items to more than 180,000 different individuals each year
  • Distributed more than 24 million pounds of food in 2013, enough to provide more than 20 million meals
  • Distributed 16 percent more in 2013 than in 2012, and 65 percent was distributed at no cost to our member agencies
  • Distributed 6.5 million pounds of fresh produce in 2013, which was about 27 percent of our total food distribution
  • An Accredited Charity of the Better Business Bureau of Akron
  • Recently named Food Bank of the Year, the highest recognition achievable among Feeding America‚Äôs national network of 202 member food banks
Hunger Facts
  • 1 in 7 individuals in our service area is food insecure, meaning they lack regular access to safe and nutritious food.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 children in our service area is food insecure.
  • 67 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities.
  • 66 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.
  • 81 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they know it's not the healthiest option.
  • 80 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank have a high school education or higher education.
  • An average of 82,000 meals worth of food is distributed from the Foodbank each day.
Get Involved
  • Financial contributions are the most effective way to help fight hunger. Every dollar that is donated provides four meals for the hungry in our community.
  • Hosting a food & funds drive is a great way to promote community involvement and team building while benefiting those in need. Businesses, schools, churches or other group can hold food and funds drives to collect food and financial contributions to donate to the Foodbank.
  • The Super Six most needed items are boxed cereal, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned tuna, canned soup and canned beef stew.
  • Your donation of time is needed. Volunteers are an essential building block in the commitment to feeding people. A variety of opportunities exist for both groups and individuals.
  • Be an advocate and help keep our elected officials up-to-date about hunger issues by spreading the word about the fight against hunger.
Learn more about hunger

Hunger in America 2010
Hunger in America 2014
Rural Hunger
Map the Meal Gap

Updated Feb 2014

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