Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Name of Non-Profit Organization *
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Today’s Date: * Thursday, March 7, 2024
Organization’s website http://akroncantonfoodbank.org
EIN / 501(C)(3)Number *
What year did your organization receive it’s non-profit status? *
Address *

350 Opportunity Pkwy
Akron, OH 44307-2234
United States
County *
Point of Contact for Magnified Giving Youth * Faith Barbato
Point of Contact’s Title *
Director, Institutional Engagement
Point of Contact’s Email Address * fbarbato@acrfb.org
Point of Contact’s Phone Number (330) 493-0800
Executive Director’s Name *
Dan Flowers
What is the mission of your organization?
The mission of the Foodbank is to lead a collaborative network that empowers people to experience healthy and hunger-free lives. We distribute food to feed people and we advocate, engage, and convene our community in the fight to end hunger.
Which social causes (up to 3 choices) does your agency address through its programming? *
  • [8] Health
  • [9] Hunger
  • [11] Poverty
Any comments about your selections you would like to share with the student philanthropists?
Now in its 42nd year of service to the community, the Foodbank is a critical community asset dedicated to addressing barriers to food access and reducing food insecurity in an 8-county service area that includes Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne. As such, the Foodbank is the largest charitable response to hunger in the region. There are no other organizations in the region that provide the same level of service provided by the Foodbank. The Foodbank distributes surplus, nourishing food through its network of 600 hunger-relief partners. The Foodbank sources millions of pounds of food annually for its hunger-relief network. Partners within the network distribute food to people in need through neighborhood food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters, children’s programs, senior food box programs and more.

Over the last year, the Foodbank and its hunger-relief network are seeing an increase in the need for food surpassing even 2020 pandemic-level needs. Due to inflation and the expiration of pandemic-related food benefits, visits to pantries across our network are up 25% compared to last year. Of the families visiting our network, 26% of them are new, meaning they’ve never turned to the network for support. Over 3 million visits were made to our hunger-relief network last year, 1 million more than in 2020.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for students? *
Yes, Grades 6 – 12
List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web.
Volunteer coordinator Tasha Ledrich
Volunteer coordinator’s email address tledrich@acrfb.org
Volunteer coordinator’s phone number (330) 777-1065
Student Connection Preference (click all that apply): *
  • Call Us at the Point of Contact Phone Number
  • Email Us at the Point of Contact Phone Number
  • Come for a Site-Visit
  • Volunteer
  • Virtual Calls