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Foodbank Facts

  • A non-profit organization with a vision for a thriving community free of hunger
  • Provides food and other essential items to hunger-relief partners in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas & Wayne
  • Hunger-relief partners operate more than 600 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters, backpack programs and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food
  • Distributed nearly 30 million pounds of food and other essential items in 2021
  • Distributed more than 5.4 million pounds of fresh produce in 2021
  • Provided access to food for 22.5 million meals in 2021
  • Hosted nearly 4,500 volunteers who donated more than 54,000 hours of service in 2021
  • An Accredited Charity of the Better Business Bureau of Akron, a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator, and a NorthCoast 99 Winner recognizing the Foodbank as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work
  • Named 2012 Food Bank of the Year, the highest recognition achievable among Feeding America’s national network of 202 member food banks

Hunger Facts

  • 1 in 7 individuals in our service area may struggle with hunger (about 204,150 individuals)
  • 1 in 6 children in our service area may struggle with hunger (about 58,160 children)
  • 53.1% 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