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Foodbank invites community to join local hunger-relief efforts through virtual Harvest for Hunger Campaign kickoff

Feb 10, 2021

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will celebrate 30 years of the annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign this year. Community members interested in learning more about the Campaign and how they can get involved are encouraged to attend a virtual kickoff event on Feb. 16 at 9am.

The kickoff event brings together local organizations familiar with the Campaign, in addition to new businesses interested in rallying behind the cause of feeding people and fighting hunger locally. This year’s kickoff will also include an exciting announcement regarding the Foodbank’s bold plan for its 2021 COVID-19 recovery efforts.

The Harvest for Hunger Campaign is led by returning co-chair, Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, Inc., and new co-chair, Sam Falletta, CEO of Incept. They will encourage community members and organizations to join this year’s Campaign at the virtual kickoff.

“Food security is such a basic thing and I believe hunger in this community is not acceptable,” said Bartz. “In the last year, the need has increased greatly. In the face of this frightful crisis, Dan Flowers and the Foodbank have kept their heads, expanded their hearts to take it all in, and rolled up their sleeves to get the job done. The Foodbank is a lifeline for so many people. It never fails us. I support the Foodbank because it is the smartest and most effective way to address hunger in our community.”

“I’m honored to be a part of this year’s Harvest for Hunger Campaign,” said Falletta. “Each of us have been dealt a unique set of challenges by COVID, none more significant than the 1 out of every 4 children in our region who are facing food insecurity. There’s never been a more critical time to assist one of the most important organizations in our region.”

Harvest for Hunger is the Foodbank’s largest fundraising campaign and helps support food distribution all year long. Support and engagement from the community helps ensure families struggling with hunger have a place to turn during their time of need, which is important now more than ever as the Foodbank’s eight-county region has experienced an estimated 31 percent increase in individuals facing food insecurity because of COVID-19.

This year’s Campaign will celebrate 30 years of partnership with The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, and The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. Together, these four food banks have been fighting hunger across 21 Northeast Ohio counties for the past three decades.

To attend the virtual kickoff, please register at For more information on the Campaign, please visit