In 2009, the Stark County Hunger Task Force moved our offices from Cleveland Avenue NW to the Community Campus at Goodwill in Downtown Canton, located at 408 9th Street SW in Suites 1637. With more space, as well as social service recipients in the building to receive other services, the Hunger Task Force decided to open its own emergency food pantry. With access to a campus full of social services, one can walk out of the building with prescriptions filled and groceries in hand, along with access to many other services while inside, such as counseling, a big brother or sister, tax services, and much more.
In 2013, with doors open 30 hours a week, the pantry served an average of 2,000 Stark County residents each month. By 2015 those numbers had risen to an average of 2,800 a month. The numbers are again on the rise, as federal assistance to families and individuals continues to decline. We now serve over 4,000 a month.
Monday & Wednesday: 9:15am to 3:35pm
Tuesday: 9:15am to 2:35pm
Thursday & Friday: 9:15am to 1:35pm
*We are closed on all major holidays, and when the Goodwill campus is closed.
The SCHTF Emergency Pantry operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. We have a set number of appointment times each day, which can be obtained upon entrance of the Community Campus Building.
- Stark County residency
- Possession of a valid photo ID*
- Household income requirements (see below)
*If the address on your ID is not up-to-date, we ask that you bring supporting documentation of your current residence (ie, copy of a lease agreement or a utility bill), so we can ensure that our clients are actively living in Stark County.
When receiving assistance, clients sign what is called a TEFAP form. By doing so, they certify that they meet the following income requirements, which place them below 200% of the poverty level as defined by federal standards to receive food assistance:
Becoming a Proxy:
If you are assisting a friend or family member with their groceries because they are disabled or housebound, please fill out this form prior to your visit. Bring it with you to be deemed their “proxy” and thus able to pick up groceries for them.