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As Foodbank launches Holiday Campaign, it looks to local community for support

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Nov 16, 2021

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank kicked off its annual Holiday Campaign earlier this month which runs through Dec. 31. The Foodbank encourages community members to help families find joy this holiday season by finding a way to engage in the campaign.

Although many families are back to work, for the most vulnerable populations served by the Foodbank, it will take more time to rebound from the economic losses endured during the pandemic. Though food insecurity projections have declined slightly, food insecurity is expected to remain elevated in 2021, according to Feeding America. In the Foodbank’s service region, there are still more than 204,000 individuals who many struggle with hunger.

“It is our goal to ensure that every family has access to safe and nourishing food,” said Foodbank President and CEO Dan Flowers. “We’re happy that families aren’t struggling as severely as they were this time last year, but our work doesn’t end here. With more than 200,000 people looking to us for help, your Foodbank and our dedicated network of hunger-relief partners are committed to this work for the long haul. We’re here to serve this community no matter what.”

To help sustain local hunger-relief efforts, the Foodbank is asking the community to support its annual Holiday Campaign. Food brings people together; food helps make lasting memories. This year, as families gather after a long time apart, holiday traditions will feel even more cherished. But for families facing hunger, holiday meals might not feel as special.

The Foodbank has a variety of opportunities to join its Holiday Campaign. See below and visit akroncantonfoodbank.org/holiday for more information.

Host a virtual food drive
Create a personalized online fundraiser and share the link on social media.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser
Facebook makes it easy to set up an online fundraiser for the Foodbank. You can invite your family and friends to donate and help spread the word on social media.

Host a food and funds drive
Collect food and financial contributions on behalf of the Foodbank. Coordinator kits will be made available and include materials needed for a successful drive!

Donate on Double Dollar Day
On Cyber Monday, Nov. 29, online donations will be matched, $1 = 8 meals!

Planned Giving
Contact your Foodbank to learn ways you can support its hunger-relief efforts through deferred gifts, including bequests, charitable gift annuities, life insurance policies and retirement assets.

9th Annual Selfless Elf 5k – Dec. 18
Dress in your favorite holiday-themed costume or running gear and run or walk the 3.1-mile course beginning and ending at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Visit selflesself.com for more information.

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

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