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Foodbank inspires community to take action against hunger this holiday season

Nov 01, 2017

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will host its annual Holiday Campaign from Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017. The campaign encourages people to come together to support those in the local community struggling with hunger. 

The Foodbank believes every family deserves to share a holiday meal together. In the Foodbank’s 8-county service area, one in seven individuals struggle with hunger, and more than one in five children are food insecure. The Foodbank invites you to participate in its Holiday Campaign to help give a heart-warming meal this holiday season.

“The giving spirit of the holiday season inspires many in our community to turn the energy of their generosity into something charitable and meaningful,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “We are incredibly grateful for all those participating in the Holiday Campaign. It raises vital funds needed to help our hungry neighbors, and give them hope for a holiday free-of-hunger.”

The goal of the Holiday Campaign is to motivate the community to get involved, whether it’s through volunteering, holding a food and funds drive or by making a monetary donation. All actions will help provide approximately 4 million meals to hungry families in the neighborhoods served by the Foodbank.

Many local businesses and organizations support the campaign by holding events to raise money and collect food for the Foodbank; and we invite you to participate, too. 

Help support the business locations below (Nov. 5 – Dec. 16, 2017), who support your Foodbank’s Holiday Campaign by collecting monetary donations from their customers this holiday season. A special thank you to: Mainstream Boutique, SOL Pie Pizza, Bair’s Powersports, The 401 Lofts, The Rail, Melt Bar & Grilled, Barthel’s Garden Center, KJ’s Tanning Salon, The Hall of Fame Agency, Main Street Grille, Peace, Love and Little Donuts of Green, Deli Ohio, Sweet Mary’s Bakery and Ron Marhofer Auto Family.

Double Your Dollar Day on Cyber Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, is an online match promotion. While making holiday purchases online, please visit and make a donation. For every $1 donated, a generous friend of the Foodbank will make a matching gift. On this day, $1 = 8 meals.

Drive by and donate during Long Haul Against Hunger on Dec. 1, 2017 to support your Foodbank. Listen to iHeartMedia radio stations, including 98.1 WKDD, My 101.7, Rock 106.9, 99.7 Canton’s New Country, Fox Sports 1350 and 640 WHLO from 6:00am-7:00pm on Dec. 1 for details on this exciting event. Food and monetary donations will be collected at two Giant Eagle locations. Financial donations will be matched by generous sponsors the 415 Group, FirstEnergy, J.M. Smucker Company and Summa Health throughout the day.
• AKRON LOCATION: Giant Eagle (Located in the Marc’s/Lucky Shoes plaza)
2775 W. Market St., Fairlawn
• CANTON LOCATION: Giant Eagle (Located in The Strip)
6493 Strip Ave. NW, North Canton

Selfless Elf 5k on Dec. 16, 2017. Dress in your favorite holiday-themed costume or running gear, and run or walk the 3.1-mile course beginning and ending at the Foodbank. Race begins at 8:00am. Visit to register or for more information.

To learn more about the Holiday Campaign, please visit or contact the Foodbank at 330.535.6900.