In 2009, the Stark County Hunger Task Force moved our offices from Cleveland Avenue to the Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill in downtown Canton. With access to a campus full of social services, one can walk out of the building with a cart full of groceries, job training, counseling, tax services, and much more. In 2013, 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.

Community Campus Food Pantry
Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill
408 9th St SW Canton, OH 44707

Hours of Operation
Monday & Thursday: 9:15am to 2:35pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:15am to 3:35pm
Friday: 9:15am to 1:35pm
We are closed on all major holidays and when the Goodwill campus is closed.

To assist our volunteers and make the process as efficient as possible, our Community Campus Pantry has a set number of appointment times each day. Appointment tickets can be obtained at either reception desk starting at 8:00am Monday-Friday. Please arrive at your appointment time and no earlier; if you are late, we may not be able to serve you. Please contact us at 330.455.6667 with any questions.

1. Stark County residency
2. Possession of a valid photo ID*
3. Income requirements set by USDA

*If the address on your ID is not up-to-date, we ask that you bring supporting documentation of your current residence (i.e., copy of a lease agreement or a utility bill), so we can ensure that our clients are actively living in Stark County.

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.

Link to download Letter of Proxy Form
Elegibilidad para Llevar Alimento a Casa Carta del Apoderado “Proxy”


Stark County Hunger Task Force currently supports 36 food pantries in Stark County. Pantry locations include Massillon, Canal Fulton, Beach City, Jackson Township, Perry Township, Canton, North Canton, Plain Township, Louisville, Alliance, Canton South, Minerva, Hartville, and Waynesburg. Pantry visitors are met by friendly volunteers who verify client eligibility and help provide critical food assistance to over 34,000 Stark County residents each month.

All Saints Temple

1451 Wilbur Allen, Jr. Dr
Canton, OH 44707

Alliance Community Pantry

215 East Market St
Alliance, OH 44601

Believers Assembly Church

131 Church Ave N
Beach City, OH 44608

Canal Fulton Community Cupboard

8101 Manchester Rd NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614

Canton Friendship Center

2200 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44709

Community Drop-In Center

1492 Cherry Ave SE
Canton, OH 44707

Crossroads United Methodist Church

120 Cleveland Ave
Canton, OH 44702

Grace Fellowship

6282 Nave St SW
Canton, OH 44706

Grace United Church of Christ

2300 Cleveland Ave N
Canton, OH 44709

Faith Kitchen

2219 Mahoning Rd NE
Canton, OH 44705

Helping Hands Network

126 S Main St
Waynesburg, OH 44688

John Knox Presbyterian Church

5155 Eastlake St NW
North Canton, OH 44720

Lake Township FISH

934 W Maple St
Hartville, OH 44632

Louisville Community Cupboard

930 Nickelplate St
Louisville, OH 44641

Minerva Community Outreach at St. Paul's

515 E Line St
Minerva, OH 44657

Minerva United Methodist Church

204 N Main St
Minerva, OH 44657

Mount Zion Community Church

2637 Baum St SE
Canton, OH 44707

North Canton Church of Christ

1301 E Maple St
North Canton, OH 44720

Rivertree Christian Church

7373 Portage St NW
Massillon, OH 44646

St. Barbara Catholic Church

2813 Lincoln Way NW
Massillon, OH 44647

St. Joan of Arc

4940 Tuscarawas St W
Canton, OH 44708

Salvation Army of Canton

420 Market Ave S
Canton, OH 44702

Salvation Army of Massillon

315 6th St NE
Massillon, OH 44646

Salvation Army of Minerva

301 Valley St
Minerva, OH 44657

Sherrick Road Church of God

1121 Sherrick Rd SE
Canton, OH 44707

SCHTF Community Campus Pantry

408 9th St SW
Canton, OH 44707

Team Jesus

7096 Hills & Dales Rd NW
Canton, OH 44708

The Summit

1300 Pittsburg Ave
North Canton, OH 44720

The Vine

1544 Vine St
Alliance, OH 44601


Mobile pantry; location varies

Tuslaw Food Pantry (Chapel of the Cross UMC)

14411 Orrville St NW
North Lawrence, OH 44666

Urban Ark Ministries

715 2nd St NE
Canton, OH 44704

Zion Lutheran Church

349 Lindy Ln NW
North Canton, OH 44720


The Stark County Hunger Task Force is a support organization committed to the alleviation of hunger in our communities. We offer a variety of services:

  • We work with a wide net of individuals, schools, businesses, and civic organizations to organize food drives. That food is then picked up by individual pantries and taken directly to their sites. Every effort is made to ensure that the pantries we work with receive a fair share of food from these collections.
  • We solicit funds from individuals, churches, businesses, and civic groups. Those funds are used to purchase food from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (ACRFB). Almost all of our pantries have a specific allowance per month from SCHTF to shop at the ACRFB. We must stretch every dollar donated to us, and be responsible stewards of the donations entrusted to us. Financial support is based on a calculation derived from your pantry’s total budget, and the amount of people you serve each month.
  • Stark County Hunger Task Force vehicles are available for our pantries to borrow for their hunger fighting needs. This includes, but is not limited to, making trips to the Foodbank for order pickups.
  • We work with our pantries to determine special needs, such as freezers, refrigerators, dollies, and shelving, as well as other products. When those needs are identified, we seek out grant money or use donations to meet them.

Both existing and newly-founded pantries can apply to become part of Stark County Hunger Task Force network by filling out the form below, and by calling our office at 330-455-6667 or sending an inquiry to P.O. Box 20941, Canton, OH 44701.

In order to be accepted, pantries must:

  1. Have a food pantry which is ready to distribute, with a location and regular hours of operation determined. The site must be able to provide volunteers to order and pick up food, prepare bags for give-away, qualify applicants, and do minimal record-keeping. The Foodbank will also provide government guidelines the pantry must follow. In most cases, the pantry will also need some financial support beyond SCHTF.
  2. Have 501(c)3 non-profit determination with documentation of that status from the IRS. Applications can be picked up from the post office and usually require the assistance of an attorney to be completed.
  3. Be a member of the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank in good standing. Please call Katie Carver at 330-777-7577 for an application.
  4. New pantries must be in a geographic location not already covered by one of our existing member pantries, or have different operating hours not covered by existing member pantries within that geographic area.
  5. Pantry directors and/or staff will be asked to attend our monthly meetings, which are held on the first Thursday of every month at 9:30am at the Community Campus at Goodwill (408 9th St SW, Canton, OH 44707).
  6. Submit monthly reports to SCHTF that include the latest monthly numbers using your ACRFB member identification number on our required form.
  7. Complete a yearly survey in order to identify and evaluate your pantry’s needs.

Download link for New Member Application

If you have any questions concerning applications for new pantries, or regarding general information on becoming a Stark County Hunger Task Force pantry, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Sweany, our Executive Director, via email at


Designed specifically to target childhood hunger, every week our Backpack for Kids Program supplies crucial weekend meals to about 1,900 school-aged children. Students at risk of weekend hunger receive a bag of food from which they can easily assemble four healthy, non-perishable, and kid-friendly meals to sustain them over the weekend. 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.

For the hungry and food-insecure children of Stark County, the only meals they can count on often come from in-school initiatives. But if these children are in need Monday through Friday, what happens when they go home for the weekend without the safety net of school breakfasts and lunches? The sad truth is that these children have to worry about where their next meal will come from. They show up to school on Monday morning without having eaten enough, or very much at all.

1 in every 4 Stark County children is hungry, or food-insecure, meaning their families often struggle to put enough food on the table. Some live in poverty, some do not, and  a hungry child looks just like any other. But the cost of childhood food insecurity is staggering, and the stakes have never been higher.


  • Lack of enough healthy food can impair a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school.
  • They are more likely to be sick more often, to recover from illness more slowly, and to be hospitalized more frequently
  • Increases the chance they will have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional and academic problems, and issues with aggression and anxiety
  • They are more likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, colds, and ear infections; and they are less likely to be rated in “excellent” health vs. kids from non food-insecure homes.
  • Puts them at a higher risk for classroom difficulties, including less achievement gains in math and reading, increased inattentiveness, and even repeating a grade.

In 2012, 31.5% of Stark County residents lived below 200% of the poverty level — it shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that during the 2013-2014 school year, 46% of students enrolled in Stark County schools – public, private, and charter – received free or reduced lunches through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). But within the schools served by our Backpack for Kids programs, the need is even higher. A whopping 82% of all the children who attend school at the five elementary schools served by our program receive free or reduced lunch.*

Gibbs Elementary (Canton City Schools):  99.61%*
Allen Elementary (Canton City Schools): 96.39%*
Cedar Elementary (Canton City Schools): 89.32%*
Franklin Elementary (Massillon City Schools): 81.34%*
Taft Elementary (Plain Local Schools): 57.02%*

If you or your company would like to sponsor the Backpack for Kids Program, please contact Stephanie Sweany at 330-455-6667, or by email at

*Facts represent research from a variety of sources, all compiled and accessed through NoKidHungry