Donate Food

Every year, the Foodbank receives approximately one-third of its food from local food donations. You can make a difference by donating food.

Food Drives

Thank you for your interest in supporting your Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank! Food donations are welcome, especially our Super Six most needed food items:

  • boxed cereal
  • peanut butter
  • canned tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • canned beef stew
  • canned soup

Drop-off location

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Main Campus: 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 44307
Stark County Campus: 1365 Cherry Ave NE, Canton, OH 44714

Drop-off Hours

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

How to make a donation

Main Campus:

  1. Please go to the gated driveway off of Opportunity Parkway next to the Foodbank’s main building labeled “Shipping & Receiving”
  2. You can pull up to the gate and let our team know you are here.
  3. We will then meet you at the Donation Door (first bay door on the right when you pull in)
  4. Our team will help unload your vehicle and weigh your donation!

Stark County Campus:

  1. Look for the large garage door labeled Donation Drop-off on the north side of the building (off of 14th St NE).
  2. Ring the doorbell to let our team know you are here.
  3. We will then meet you at the door.
  4. Our team will help unload your vehicle and weigh your donation!

Food Expiration Date Requirements

Please review Feeding America’s food keeper guide for information regarding expiration date requirements on non-perishable food items. These are the guidelines the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank uses when sorting food. You may also visit with questions about expiration dates. This website provides the same information with an easy search format.

Food vs. Financial Donations

Coordinating a food & funds drive with your family business, school, church, or community organization can make a difference in the life of people who are hungry. Learn more about hosting a food & funds drive. For additional information on food drives, please contact Alex Branham at 330.436.3170.

All food drive donations are inspected three unique times by our team of skilled volunteers before the items can be distributed to our network of hunger-relief partners. These volunteers are looking to ensure that the food items haven’t been tampered with, recalled and are within the appropriate timeline to distribute according to the date printed on the food item. At the Foodbank, we want to ensure the food we distribute is food we would be proud to bring home to our own families.

Financial donations have an immediate impact by providing meals. Since we are in the business of receiving surplus food, financial donations allow us to purchase items to complement our varying menu while aiding in the process of rescuing and distributing food to our neighbors in need. While both food and financial donations are extremely necessary and valued, because of our large purchasing power, we can make your dollar go further. Every dollar donated to the Foodbank is the equivalent of four meals.

Your donations are protected against liability. View information on the Ohio Good Samaritan Law that protects food donors in Ohio.

Manufacturer & Retail Donations

If you are a manufacturer, retailer, distributor, restaurant, farmer or other food industry business, consider donating your surplus product to the Foodbank. Learn more about manufacturer and retail donations.