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Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries in Ohio

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Akron, OH 44307
Details: The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was formed in 1982 by a group of community leaders who made a commitment to provide emergency food to our neighbors in need. Today, the Foodbank provides food and other essential items to member agencies in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne. These member agencies operate more than 500 programs like food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food.
Cleveland Foodbank, Inc.
Cleveland, OH 44110
Details: Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure – meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. The Cleveland Foodbank seeks to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed. The Cleveland Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided more than 40 million meals in 2013 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. Our mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day. We do this through both food distribution and SNAP outreach efforts. The Foodbank operates a community food distribution center, providing food and other critical grocery products annually to 700 local food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters, mobile pantries, programs for the elderly and othernonprofit agencies. We also prepare nutritious meals in our Cleveland Foodbank Kitchen and take hundreds of calls a day in our help center, where we refer low income callers to local agencies and sign-up eligible Northeast Ohioans for the SNAP program and other benefits.
Country Neighbor Program, Inc.
Orwell, OH 44076
Details: Country Neighbor Program, Inc. is a multi purpose community center providing a focal point for services to help people help themselves by enhancing life skills and supporting individuals and families as they strive for a dignified, independent lifestyle. The main facility is located in Orwell, Ohio with a satellite office in Andover, Ohio.. Country Neighbor is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a 13 member Board of Directors. Programs are available to anyone on a non-discriminatory basis, in-home or at our two centers. Country Neighbor is funded in part by United Way of Ashtabula County, District XI Area Agency on Aging, Inc. under Title III of the Older Americans Act, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ashtabula County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and mental health Services, Ashtabula County Senior Services Levy, Private Foundations, Bequeathals, and private donations. Country Neighbor provides a wide variety of services for residents in southern Ashtabula County (17 southern townships east to west - Windsor, Orwell, Colebrook, Wayne, Williamsfield, Andover, Cherry Valley, New Lyme, Rome, Hartsgrove, Trumbull, Morgan, Rock Creek, Roaming Shores, Dorset, Lenox, and Richmond. Many programs have eligibility requirements because of the funding sources such as transportation, chore/homemaker, personal/home health care, home delivered meals, adult day services, prescription assistance, wellness/health promotion, family caregivers' assistance and respite services. Country Neighbor also operates a food-bank which provides food/nonfood items to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, not for profit daycares, and shelters in Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties. Country Neighbor distributes an average of 750,000 pounds to 501(c)(3) organizations within the 3 counties.
Freestore Foodbank
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Details: The Freestore Foodbank of Cincinnati, Ohio is the largest emergency food provider in the Tri-State area, serving a 20 county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. We purchase, solicit and collect donated food from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies and distribute it to more than 275 partnership agencies (churches, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, outreach centers, and after-school/summer programs) that provide free food to those in need. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks and food rescue programs. The Freestore Foodbank is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Mid-Ohio FoodBank
Grove City, OH 43123
Details: NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY And yet thousands of people go hungry in our community every day. Since 1980, we’ve been working with grocers, food companies, Ohio farmers, the USDA, and community partners to obtain food and distribute it to more than 550 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, and senior housing sites across central and eastern Ohio. As a member of the nation's largest non-governmental, domestic hunger relief organization—Feeding America—our goal is to make food accessible to hungry people in their greatest times of need. VISION: A hunger-free and healthier community. MISSION: To end hunger one nourishing meal at a time and co-create a sustainable community where everyone thrives.
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
Lorain, OH 44053
Details: Together with our network of over 100 hunger-relief agencies and generous donors, Second Harvest is making a difference by bringing the most basic of needs — food — to the table for families in Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain Counties. For every $1 donated we are able to provide 5 meals to families at-risk for hunger. Mission Statement: To gather and provide resources to hunger-relief agencies serving individuals and families in Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties. Vision Statement: Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will be the leader in alleviating hunger and the elimination of its root causes in our region. Through a dedicated staff and board, Second Harvest will be committed to our core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of non profit member agencies. With collaboration and on-going education, Second Harvest will support and strengthen those devoted to addressing the issue of hunger while ensuring those at risk have access to nutritious food and are treated with dignity. Second Harvest will be an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to us and serve our region with compassion and integrity.
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley
Youngstown, OH 44509
Details: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley began in the early 1980s when a group of lay and religious community leaders realized that while people were going hungry, companies were throwing away unused but still nutritious edible food. An effort was started to get these companies to donate food to one central location in order to ease distribution to the many local charities already engaged in the fight against hunger. The Food Assistance Warehouse was incorporated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization in December of 1982 and began operating as a clearinghouse for large quantities of food. In 1994, the Food Bank became a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. As a member of Feeding America, we are the designated recipient of national food donors and retailers, including Target, Bottom Dollar, and Walmart. Additionally, the Food Bank works to procure food donations from local companies like Giant Eagle and Sparkle Markets, as well as through food drives and campaigns like Harvest for Hunger.
Second Harvest Foodbank of Clark, Champaign, & Logan Counties
Springfield, OH 45503
Details: By definition, a Food Bank is a not-for-profit clearinghouse that collects, stores and distributes useable surplus food to non-profit organizations, not individuals, who in turn, provide the foods to the people they serve. We utilize a warehouse with both dry and cold storage, trucks and a full-time staff. The Food Bank helps stop the waste of useable food by distributing it to the needy. Donated foods may come from over-production, underweight products, mislabeled containers, outdated products, improperly coded packages, partially damaged goods, discontinued lines, over-stocked merchandise, farm surplus or other sources. Additionally, we receive assistance nationally from the efforts of our Feeding America national network of 205 Food Banks who work with large manufacturers across the country to secure large donations from major manufacturers such as Kraft, Campbell, or Newman's Own. SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK MISSION: Targeting hunger to serve and educate through community partners.
Shared Harvest Foodbank
Fairfield, OH 45014
Details: The primary purpose of SHF is to alleviate poverty and hunger by soliciting and judiciously distributing surplus marketable and wholesome grocery products to a network of charitable food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other distributing organizations, which in turn distribute these products to needy and hungry people. SHF will develop, monitor, strengthen, and otherwise support this network of charities by fostering communication, setting standards for distribution and storage, and disseminating educational materials appropriate to our collective mission of helping people in poverty. SHF will educate the public and private sector, and the community in general, about the nature and solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty.
Southeastern Ohio Foodbank
Logan, OH 43138
Details: Located at HAPCAP's Regional Food Center the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank has been working to alleviate hunger throughout our communities for three decades. We work with federal, state and local HAPCAP Southeastern Ohio Food Bank Regional Food Center organizations and community members to provide food to over 120 food pantries, soup kitchens and congregate meal sites throughout Southeastern Ohio. Our mission is to channel surplus food to those who do not have enough, with a goal of making a positive difference in their lives. In order to achieve our mission we operate hunger related programs throughout the year to supply our elderly and home bound neighbors, children who struggle with hunger after school and during the summer months and families and individuals in need of hunger relief with nutritious meals.
The Foodbank, Inc.
Dayton ,, OH 45402
Details: For nearly four decades, The Foodbank has served as the primary source of food for the hunger relief network in the Miami Valley. The Foodbank– the only one of its kind in the area – nourishes the hunger relief efforts of the community through the acquisition and distribution of food to agencies that feed hungry people throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. The Foodbank provides the infrastructure for more than 100 member programs that serve as the charitable hunger relief network in the area.
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
Toledo, OH 43604
Details: The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank Inc., is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization. It was founded in 1984 to solicit, collect and store donations of surplus food and grocery products from all segments of the food industry, as well as solicit and collect monetary donations for the purchase of food products, and then serve as clearinghouse for these foodstuffs for agencies, such as food pantries and day care centers that feed the hungry throughout the region, providing them access to wholesome food. Our qualified agencies distribute the collected foodstuffs to the hungry in Northwest Ohio. In Northwest Ohio, the Food Bank is exclusively affiliated with Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest.
West Ohio Food Bank
Lima, OH 45804
Details: The West Ohio Food Bank mission is to create a hunger free West Central Ohio by soliciting and providing food and grocery products to approved distribution agencies; increasing public awareness of domestic hunger and advocating for public policies that eliminate this problem. We are not a pantry, soup kitchen or shelter. We are in fact the charity that provides food to more than 170 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout 11 counties in Western Ohio. We purchase food and collect donated items, which we store in our 35,000 square foot facility. Most "pantries" do not have the space to store a truckload of fresh, frozen or perishable food. As an affiliate of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the nation, we receive offers for truckloads of donated product, which we store and distribute according to the need and desire from each member charity. With a freezer capacity of 5,000 square feet (able to hold 11 truckloads) and a refrigerated capacity of 2,500 square feet (able to hold 4 to 5 truckloads), we can accept larger donations. Our ability to accept frozen and refrigerated products allows us to offer a better variety of nutritious foods to the pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in our service area.