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Foodbank Facts

  • A non-profit organization with a vision for a thriving community free of hunger
  • Provides food and other essential items to hunger-relief partners in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas & Wayne
  • Hunger-relief partners operate nearly 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food
  • Distributed 32.9 million pounds of food and other essential items in 2017
  • Provided access to food for 26 million meals through our distribution and SNAP outreach in 2017
  • Provides food and essential items to approximately 263,200 different individuals each year 
  • An Accredited Charity of the Better Business Bureau of Akron, a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator, and a NorthCoast 99 Winner recognizing the Foodbank as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work
  • Named 2012 Food Bank of the Year, the highest recognition achievable among Feeding America’s 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
  • More than 1 in 5 children in our service area is food insecure
  • 30 percent of the members of households served by the Foodbank are children under the age of 18 years old
  • 80 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank have a high school diploma or higher education
  • 81 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they know it's not the healthiest option
  • 1 in 5 families served by the Foodbank report having at least one member that has served in the military