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 by clicking the orange button below — we’d love to have you on board!


Volunteer Interest Form


IMG_4878Be 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 330-455-6667 and ask for Stephanie or email her at stephanie@starkhunger.org.

Usher at the Canton Palace Theatre or Civic Center:palace ushers 12-23

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 email her at msumser@yahoo.com.

1922458_10152868576229553_1935514798179684656_nJoin our Events Team:

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 at maureen@starkhunger.org.

Help our Backpack for Kids Program:Christian Hammond

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 every Wednesday at noon starting in September 14th through May 2017 to help pack the bags for our program! 

Contact Stephanie Sweany at 330-455-6667 or by email at stephanie@starkhunger.org.

IMG_3737Hold a Food Drive:

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 330-455-6667 and ask for Stephanie Sweany or email her at stephanie@starkhunger.org.