The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is excited to expand into a second facility this summer with the new Stark County Campus. Located at 1365 Cherry Ave. NE in Canton, the purpose-built facility will help the Foodbank change the history of hunger relief, helping to ensure regular access to healthy food while also connecting the community to local resources and one another. The Foodbank has been serving food programs in Stark County for many years, and now we’re honored to have the privilege to reside alongside our Canton friends.
The need for a second facility
Storage constraints in the Akron facility are limiting the meals that can be distributed to our community. The Stark County Campus will allow us to source and distribute more food for our neighbors in need. In 2020, we helped provide the equivalent of 27.4 million meals through our network, and we know that even more food is needed to ensure all our community members have access to nourishing food.
Activities and resources at the new Stark County Campus
Much like our Akron facility, the Stark County Campus will include a warehouse to store donated food until it is picked up by our hunger-relief partners. These partners then distribute the food to community members throughout our eight-county service area.
In addition to a distribution center, the new building will feature the Keith D. Monda Family Food Pantry & Resource Center. The food pantry and resource center will serve local community members and will provide regular access to a variety of fresh produce, shelf-stable and perishable food items.
Within the food pantry is the Aultman Health Foundation Resource Room, which will provide community members a convenient space to learn about and connect with support services beyond food.
Services offered will include legal assistance, healthcare, employment programming and the public benefits sectors. The types of services provided have been informed by community feedback and will be made available as soon as the new facility opens.
If you have thoughts or suggestions on future programming offerings, please email email@example.com or call 330.535.6900.
Engage with your Foodbank in Canton
The Stark County Campus will have a volunteer center that will begin operating in the fall. Volunteers can sort and inspect donated food, assemble food boxes, stock the food pantry and pack orders for neighbors. Volunteers are vital to local hunger-relief efforts, and we hope you’ll consider joining us this fall!