The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was formed in 1982 by a group of community leaders who made a commitment to provide emergency food to neighbors in need.
Today, the Foodbank provides food and other essential items to hunger-relief partners within its network, serving eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne.
These hunger-relief partners operate 600 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters, children and senior programs and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food. Find one of our partners.
How We Work
The Foodbank’s two campuses serve as distribution centers that provide an efficient operation to collect, sort, store and distribute food. The Foodbank’s Main Campus in Akron is comprised of a 102,000-square-foot warehouse; the Stark County Campus is 40,000 square feet. Both campuses also include onsite food pantries, including resource rooms that offer additional support services for people in need.
The Foodbank secures food donations from corporate food donors, state and federal food assistance programs, and Feeding America, the national food bank network. Much of the donated and purchased food is transported to our warehouses by the Foodbank's fleet of trucks.
Every day, the Foodbank's hunger-relief partners place food orders online and pick up their orders in Akron or Canton. Food is then distributed to people in need through food pantries, hot meal sites, children or senior programs or other hunger-relief programs.
To lead a collaborative network that empowers people to experience healthy and hunger-free lives. We distribute food to feed people, and we advocate, engage and convene our community in the fight to end hunger.
A thriving community free of hunger.
Acting with kindness, grace and a willingness to help
Working together to leverage the wisdom of collective thinking
Striving to exceed expectations
Pursuing ethical, credible and honorable conduct
Creating an environment where all people feel safe, welcomed, respected and valued
Embracing creativity, risk and an openness to being different
The Foodbank is a proud member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Feeding America is a network of more than 200 partner food banks that engages our country in the fight to end hunger. Feeding America recognized our food bank as Food Bank of the Year in 2012.
The Foodbank is also a proud member of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Ohio's largest charitable response to hunger.