Food Drives

The Stark County Hunger Task Force wants YOU

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to host a food drive!

Back in 1981 when the SCHTF began, we started by going door-to-door, asking for non-perishable donations to stock our pantries. Today, it is super easy to set up a food drive — no walking for miles or knocking on strangers’ doors required (unless you want to, in which case, go for it!).  In fact, anyone can do it, from individuals and small groups like a family, neighborhood ,or bookclub all the way up to the large-scale of churches, businesses, and more.

We’re always looking for various events and locations at which to host a food collection, and we love all those interested in organizing them. Food drives, you see, are essential to our mission. Fighting hunger is a community effort, which means we need everyone in Stark County to get involved.  And even though monetary donations  buy more food for our dollar at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, you can supply items we never see on the food bank menu. Food drive items help keep our shelves stocked, provide variety to our visitors, and they’re a great way to put belief into action.

Need some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

  • Ask your family to bring a box of cereal or jar of peanut butter to your next gathering
  • Post a sign at your place of employment advertising an office, department, etc food collection
  • Suggest a food drive to your child’s teacher, or even other members of your civic/religious group
  • Celebrate your next birthday bash by having friends bring non-perishable items as gifts

Whether it be a county-wide event, an office collecting donations from employees and patrons, or anywhere you have a vision for a food drive, all are welcome to contact us. Big or small, every item truly matters in the life of a hungry child, adult, or senior. To arrange a food drive, please contact Ralph Norton at with any questions. You can also download our Food Drive Flyer for even more information.

So we invite you to make a difference — host a food drive today!

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