A Direct Distribution is a mutual program between the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and select partner agencies or community host organizations to host large, on site distributions of produce and dry goods to geographic areas of need. The purpose of the program is to provide as much food as possible in an efficient, 2 hour distribution.
The Direct Distribution program is made possible through the support of the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program (OACP), which provides the majority of the produce, and generous financial donors that cover the costs of handling and transportation. The OACP directs surplus agricultural products from more than 100 Ohio farmers, growers and producers to Ohio’s 12 Feeding America Foodbanks. This program not only prevents unnecessary waste and reduces losses in the agricultural community, but it also provides nutritious fruits and vegetables to those in need.
Direct Distribution programs typically receive 12,000 to 15,000 pounds of food for distribution once a month at no cost to the host organization or recipients. The Foodbank currently runs Direct Distributions in Carroll, Portage, Medina, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties.
Recipients of food must bring identification, meet income and household eligibility criteria and sign a Self-Declaration of Need form. If you have any questions regarding a Foodbank Direct Distribution, please contact the Network Partners and Programs Department at 330.535.6900.