Partner agencies of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s hunger-relief network can be divided into two broad categories: Emergency Feeding Programs and Non-emergency Feeding Programs. Only emergency feeding programs are eligible for USDA and Ohio commodities.
Non-Emergency programs are those that have a purpose other than food, but will offer food in addition to other programming. Non-Emergency Programs include all youth programs, residential programs, rehabilitation programs, and all other programs which do not meet the criteria to be an emergency food program. As with Emergency Programs, the primary benefit of the program must be to those in need.
Youth programs are those which serve a specific population, infant to age 18, and provide additional services in addition to the food served. Programs falling within this scope include After School Programs, Backpack Programs, Camp Programs, Day Care Programs and Summer Food Service Programs.
Adult programs are those which serve a specific population, 18 – 59 y/o, and provide additional services in addition to the food served.
Programs providing on-site meals and snacks to a specific population of eligible clients living in a residential-style facility.
Programs who primary mission is to provide rehabilitation or therapy as in substance-abuse recovery programs. Providing food in the form of on-site meals and snacks is a secondary mission of the program.
Programs focusing on the needs of senior citizen with either a primary or secondary mission of providing food assistance to seniors.