Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We rely on the service of our community members to help in the fight against hunger. As the need for our services grows, we are always looking for new volunteers. If you would like to volunteer your time and talents, we have plenty of service opportunities to choose from. Several of our regular volunteer opportunities are detailed further on this page, but the possibilities are many and the need is high. To join our hunger fighting team, give us a call at the office or fill out the Volunteer Application Form — we’d love to have you on board!

Be a Pantry Volunteer:

We have a network of more than 30 pantries throughout Stark County contributing to the fight against local hunger. Maybe one of our pantries is a better fit than the other for you. Please check out our pantry network to determine which pantry you would like to volunteer with. Remember, we have an emergency pantry open Monday-Friday at the Community Campus at Goodwill that always needs extra help. Please feel free to contact the corresponding pantry director yourself or give our office a call and we will assist you.

Call Stephanie Sweany at 330-455-6667 or by email today.

Usher at the Canton Palace Theatre or
Civic Center:

The SCHTF has  wonderful partnerships with the Canton Palace Theatre and the Canton Civic Center to usher their performances, concerts and shows. With every hour of your time, we are able to earn dollars to help battle against local hunger. We have ushered concerts like Travis Tritt, the Goo Goo Dolls, OAR and the American Authors to shows such as The Vicki Lawrence Show and performances from the Canton Symphony and the Canton Ballet. This is a very unique way to give your time and enjoy a performance, show, concert or Canton Charge game.

Contact Marie Sumser at 330-495-2872 or  by email today.

Help our Backpack for Kids Program:

This very special program helps feed children on the weekends when school breakfast and lunches are not available on the daily menu. We provide two breakfasts, two lunches and snacks for these children and need help prepping the delivery.

We are looking for volunteers to help pack the bags for our program! 

Call Stephanie Sweany at 330-455-6667 or by email today.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer,
please fill out our volunteer interest form.


This is the way our organization started in 1981. We knocked on doors asking for donations of non-perishables to stock our pantries. Today, it is still super easy to set up a food drive and you do not have to walk miles. We suggest you ask your family to bring a box of cereal or a jar of peanut butter to your next family gathering, post a sign at your place of employment advertising the need and your food drive or ask your child’s school or your civic group to hold a food drive. We are aware we can purchase more on the dollar, but you can supply items we never see on the food bank menu.

Call Stephanie Sweany at 330-455-6667 or by email.


Hopefully you have seen one of our events advertised! We are constantly holding community events because we have to fundraise to continue with our mission and we want to involve our community, neighbors and friends. Feeding nearly 28,000 Stark County residents each month is a hard job and we rely on our community for help. Consider becoming a part of our:

Hunger at Home Campaign (Spring: May-June)
Fairways to Fight Hunger Golf Outing ( June)
Palette2Palate Event Committee- Our charity art event (November)

Contact Maureen Tate for more information on our fundraising events at 330-455-6667 or by email.


There are three aspects to the SCHTF’s programming, all of which are fundamental to the overall success and sustainability of our mission, vision, and goals: direct food assistance, pantry network support services, and county-wide advocacy initiatives. Needless to say, supporting more than 30 food pantries and handling the administrative work for the organization takes a team! Our staff work with our Board of Directors to serve on a variety of committees, guiding the SCHTF’s strategic direction and growth, in the present as well as the future.

We’re always interested in finding professionals who look to share their talents by participating in one of our committees. Below is a list of current opportunities, and we hope you’ll consider joining us:

  • Pantry Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Public Outreach
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Major Gifts

Contact Maureen Tate for more information on joining a committee at 330-455-6667 or by email.


The Stark County Hunger Task Force is always interested in the opportunity to partner with both individuals and organizations to expand the fight against hunger in Stark County through fundraisers. Over the years, we’ve teamed up with local organizations to host a variety of events, including bake sales, raffles, 5K runs, poker tournaments, and more. Such events are a great way to build workplace camaraderie, complete service projects, or simply to help out the community.

If you or your organization is interested in developing a fundraiser, please contact Maureen Tate at We look forward to working with you on your next team or individual fundraiser!

Looking for inspiration or a particular fundraiser? Some of our current and past fundraisers include:

  • McKinley-Massillon Food Fight
  • Palette 2 Palete
  • Go Orange! Wear orange in November 2018  in support of alleviating local hunger


We offer internshipopportunities throughout the year to students looking to roll up their sleeves, get to work and make a difference. SCHTF’s interns are typically undergraduate students, but we welcome those at any level of higher education and any course of study. Internships can also be tailored to fit the needs of your university program, specialization, and interest.

For more information, please inquire with Maureen Tate by email.

“The Stark County Hunger Task Force enabled me to build rapport and engage in public and community relations throughout Stark County. It prepared me to assist Administrators, and produce effective marketing strategies independently and in synergistic teams. My internship at the SCHTF advanced my organizational and interpersonal skills, and primed me for my current position as a Program Coordinator for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.”

-Jacquelyn May, 2013 SCHTF Intern