Programs

We are proud to call Stark County our home, and our organization’s focus — all of our programs, all those we serve, and all the contributions we receive stay right here in Stark County. We strive to provide free, nutritious groceries to those in need, along with a smile and a dash of hope that things will be better.

Pantry Support Program

The Stark County Hunger Task Force supports more than 30 food pantries across Stark County. These include pantries in Massillon, Canal Fulton, Beach City, Jackson Township, Canton, North Canton, Plain Township, Louisville, Alliance, Minerva, Canton South, Waynesburg, and East Sparta. Visitors are met by friendly volunteers who verify client eligibility and provide critical food assistance to more than 27,000 Stark County residents each month.

Stark County Hunger Task Force Pantries map

For emergency food assistance, please call 2-1-1 for the pantry nearest to you.

Backpack for Kids Program

Our Backpack for Kids Program is designed to fight childhood hunger by supplying meals in take-home “backpacks” to school-aged children at several local schools. Students are identified by their participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), through which they receive free and reduced lunches during the school week.

We focus on times when these children are not in school, during which they may not be able to count on meals. Our goal is to stock our “backpacks” with easy-to-prepare and kid-friendly nutritious meals – two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks, which are distributed by the schools on Fridays. During the school year, SCHTF serves packs to 2,200 children on a monthly basis.