Stories of Hope

Becky Thomas manages the River of Life food pantry, a member agency of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Becky and her dedicated team supply groceries to an average of 75 different families each time their pantry...
Jim spent his life working in factories, supporting his family and living comfortably. He never had to worry about where he would find his next meal. After retirement and with his two children grown, Jim found himself...
Their first time through the doors of the Minerva United Methodist Church Direct Distribution, pride and shame almost stopped them. As healthcare aids at local medical facilities, John and Sharon spend their lives...
José still describes himself as a newlywed, even though he's been married a year. At the Love Center Food Pantry, he is soft spoken, but when talking about his wife, Idalila, a sense of pride spreads across his face....
Walking into the Buckeye Christian Assembly’s food pantry in Medina County for the first time, Madeline holds the small hands of her daughters, Emily and Natalie.  She feels welcomed and thankful that places like this...
When Raymond “Skip” Willis’s wife passed away, he believed he would never have fun again. Skip is an active community volunteer, a proud World War II veteran, and loves to make the people around him smile. Today, at age...

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