Stories of Hope

Ed is 81-years-old and is doggedly resilient. In 1939, a few years after he was born, he contracted polio. It didn’t stop him. “The doctors said I’d never walk again… but oh yes I did!” When the polio vaccine came out...
It’s the last Sunday of the month and Community Bible Church is filled with volunteers and community members, all happy to see one another. Everyone is greeted with a warm smile as they take a seat and enjoy a hot meal...
Darlene is extremely engaged in her three grandchildren’s lives. She encourages healthy eating habits, helps with homework and attends school meetings. She’s also their full-time caregiver. Darlene has seen much...
Brittany exudes a quiet calm as she talks with other food recipients in the sanctuary at Community Bible Church, a pantry within the Foodbank's network in Portage County. She’s been coming to the church’s food pantry...
The Greater Dover New Philadelphia Food Pantry is in an unmarked building. From the outside there’s not much to see, a few vacant businesses and a large parking lot, but two days per week, a line of people wrap around...
Norman, 64, a 40-year medical health professional, now working as a consultant, never thought he’d find himself at a food pantry. He’s lived a successful life and loved his work, but as he gets older, it’s becoming more...

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