In 2023

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35 million 

pounds of food and other essential items distributed

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8.1 million 

pounds of fresh produce distributed

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27.2 million 

meals provided


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10,000 volunteers 

donated more than 64,000 hours of service

Hunger Facts

  • 1 in 9 

    individuals in our service area may struggle with hunger (approx. 167,800 individuals) 

  • 1 in 8

    children in our service area may struggle with hunger (approx. 42,330 children) 

  • 52.6% 

    of families in our service area do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and therefore may rely on the Foodbank and our network to help feed their families

Foodbank Facts

  • Provides food and other essential items to hunger-relief partners, and food to people in need through its onsite food pantries, mobile pantry, home delivery program and more
  • Serves Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas & Wayne counties
  • Approximately 600 food programs operate within the Foodbank’s network
  • An Accredited Charity of the Better Business Bureau of Akron and a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator
  • NorthCoast 99 Winner recognizing the Foodbank as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work
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What’s the difference between a food bank and a food pantry?

A food bank is a distribution center that provides an efficient way to collect, sort, store and distribute millions of pounds food, primarily to charities operating food programs. A food pantry is a type of food program that distributes food directly to people in need in the form of groceries. The scale between the two operations is very different. 

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Does the Foodbank charge for the food it distributes?

Most importantly, the person in need receiving food is never charged a fee. The majority of the food the Foodbank distributes to its network partners is free of charge. A very small percentage has a shared maintenance fee associated with it.

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What is a shared maintenance fee?

A shared maintenance fee is a small handling fee in return for services provided (e.g. operations of warehousing and distribution of donated food and products). The small fee defrays a portion of the costs associated with transporting, receiving, storing and distributing dry, refrigerated and frozen goods. It is not a charge for food, but it is assessed by pounds of food received and is never more than $0.18 per pound.