The Stark County Hunger Task Force fights hunger in our community by providing financial, logistic, strategic, and food support to our network of local emergency food pantries.


We believe our work does more than just provide free groceries to those in need: we ease anxiety, inspire hope, and promote wellness. By alleviating hunger in Stark County, we are building a stronger community.


Compassion: Many individuals will, at some point, experience a crisis in which they cannot provide food for their families. We meet this basic need and treat everyone who visits us with dignity and respect.

Hope: When a neighbor in need comes to us for a hand up, we meet them with a smile, a cart full of groceries, and a small dash of hope that their circumstances will soon improve.

Generosity: It is only through the generosity of our donors that we are able to then show generosity to our friends and neighbors struggling with food insecurity.

Zeal: Our passion and commitment to Stark County drive our mission.  Through hard work and raised awareness, we will alleviate hunger in our community.


Established in 1981, Stark County Hunger Task Force has helped serve the hungry of our community. Our organization provides financial, logistical, strategic, and food assistance to a network of over 30 food pantries throughout Stark County. In 2009, we opened the Stark County Hunger Task Force emergency food pantry with the desire to see it act as a safety net to fill any gaps in our food assistance service. Our pantry, located at the Community Campus at Goodwill, is open five days a week thanks to our staff, contracted employees through Vantage Aging and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, as well as our dedicated volunteers from the community.

Our Impact

Since 1981, the need for our services continues to grow as the need in our community intensifies.

1981: 3,000 people served monthly
2010: 15,000 people served monthly
2016: 29,000 people served monthly
2022: 34,000 people served monthly

As an unique non-profit organization and registered 501(c)(3), nearly all of our programming is funded through the generosity of community members – food and monetary donations, staff,  volunteers, and a dedicated board of directors. Stark County Hunger Task Force is not a county agency, therefore we do not receive county funding. While we are grateful to receive a federal stipend through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the amount we receive has decreased in recent years, and currently makes up a mere 8% of our operating budget. Since 2009, we have received an overall cut of 54 percent in federal assistance. That means we derive 92 percent of our budget from the support of our community.




Executive Director

Stephanie Sweany has been with the organization in various roles for close to six years. She is a graduate of Kent State University, where she remains active as President of the local alumni association. Stephanie is a graduate of the 34th Class of Leadership Stark County and is a past recipient of Twenty Under 40 and the Kent State University Alumni Advocacy Award. In her spare time, Stephanie works for Canton Food Tours as a tour guide, participates in Women’s Impact, and runs Canton Kindness Coalition. She lives in Canton with her cats, Spooky Mulder and Chandler Bing.

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Chief Financial Officer

Heath joined the Hunger Task Force in 2015 as an accountant. Since 2017, he has been responsible for all financial compliance, reporting, budgeting, grant financials, and accounting functions at the Hunger Task Force. He is a Malone University graduate (Summa Cum Laude) specializing in the fields of corporate and forensic accounting. He is an active member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Ohio Society of CPAs, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners/Forensic Accountants. Heath has served the past 28 years as a local law enforcement officer and is currently a part-time Police Sergeant for the Malone University Police Department. He also has a passion for dogs and enjoys spending time with his Great Danes. He and his wife Julia also spend their spare time volunteering accounting and fundraising services to local nonprofit dog rescues.




Operations Manager

Sherri Capuano, an Ohio native and a Californian transplant, received her AA in business management from the Academy of Court Reporting in 1998. She has spent the last 25 years as a business owner, salesperson, and recruiter in the fine dining, home health care, and airline industries. She is now utilizing her skillset to help those in need in her community at SCHTF. Sherri, a wife and mother of one, enjoys rescuing animals, surfing, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and reading.

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Marketing Coordinator

Allison Hill, a GlenOak High School graduate, is a designer, marketer, visual artist, and curator. After receiving her AAS in Digital Photography from Stark State College, she earned her Bachelors in Photography and Graphic Design from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her passion for serving others through human-centered design as well as her curatorial experience led her to take on marketing and event coordination for the task force. She spends her free time reading, cooking and baking, traveling with her fiancé Cory, volunteering at her church as a children’s teacher, and artmaking. She resides in Plain Township with her two cats, Bruiser and Leo.

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Driver & Warehouse Manager

Max, our newest hunger fighter, is a graduate of Ohio University and Archbishop Hoban High School. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, spending time with family, playing board games, and a good round of golf. He loves helping in his community and is very excited to be a part of our team.



The SCHTF Board of Directors is an all-volunteer “working board,” united to support the mission of alleviating hunger in Stark County and to guide the organization into the future.

From representing the organization at various local events and our own fundraisers to serving as executive officers and members of committees, our board members contribute their time and talents in many different capacities.

What they all have in common, regardless of those differences, is a commitment to making an impact in our community by providing our neighbors with a basic need — food.


Robert F. Fay, CPA, PFS, CGMA – President, Owner/CEO, Bob F. Fay, CPA
Ashley HarwellVice President, Co-Owner, Cyrus Framing & Art Gallery
Brook Harless – Secretary, Trustee, Plain Township
Mark Clendenin – Northern Regional Business Development Manager, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Richard Desrosiers – Vice President of Communications & Public Relations, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Theresa Donato – Executive Administrative Assistant (retired)
Robert Feielin – President, Castlebar Corporation
Drew Felberg  Director of Student Services, Stark State College
Jarvis Hall – Financial Advisor, Fidelity Investment
Debbie Horn – Emeritus
Redda Latona – Community Volunteer & Teacher (retired)
Kathy Lopez – Project Control Specialist, Burns & McDonnell
Joe Rozsa – Senior Marketing Specialist & Creative Lead, B-TEK Scales
Mary Anne Schwartz Temporary Leave
Lisa Vitale Arnold – Attorney/Owner, Vitale Legal
Yvette Zingery – Community Volunteer