Since 1981, the 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. These resources assist our pantries in providing a three to five day supply of nutritious, free groceries to families struggling with food insecurity. In 2009, we opened the SCHTF emergency food pantry with the desire to see it act as a safety net to fill any gaps in our food assistance service. The SCHTF pantry is open five days a week thanks to our staff, contracted employees through Mature Services and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and many dedicated volunteers who keep it running smoothly.
Over the last 36 years, the fight against hunger in Stark County has intensified as the need for our services continues to grow.
Consider these few facts:
Between 1981 and 2015, the number of residents seeking food assistance from the SCHTF has grown by nearly 900%.
- In 1981, SCHTF served 3,000 Stark County residents each month
- In 2016, SCHTF served nearly 29,000 Stark County residents a month
- From 2010 to 2016, the number of visitors to our network of pantries has increased by 87%:
2010: 15,000 people served monthly
2016: 29,000 people served monthly
As an unique non-profit organization and registered 501(c)3, almost all of our programs are funded through the generosity of community members – food and monetary donations, tireless work by our staff, and a network of volunteers as well as a dedicated board of directors. The Stark County Hunger Task Force is not a county agency, and therefore we do not receive county funding.
While SCHTF is 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 – thank you!
We need your help!
You can make a difference in the lives of nearly 29,000 of your neighbors each month with a donation to the Stark County Hunger Task Force.