Fill a Semi Truck to Feed the Hungry

A semi trailer will make a five-stop circuit of Stark County as it collects donations for the Stark County Hunger Task Force

Filling a semi-truck with food donations may be daunting.

But the Stark County Hunger Task Force is sure that can happen — with the help of North Canton Patch readers.

Opening November’s observance of National Hunger Awareness Month early, area United Church of Christ congregations have launched a food drive to fill a semi trailer for the task force.

During the four-week drive, the semi trailer will make a five-stop circuit of Stark County beginning with a Canal Fulton church (which took place Saturday) to collect non-perishable food items.

Here's a list of food drop-off locations throughout the county:

  • Oct. 13 – 19: Trinity United Church of Christ, Canal Fulton
  • Oct 20 – 26: St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 Tremont Ave. SE, Massillon
  • Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Fisher Foods, 4401 W Tuscarawas St., Canton
  • Nov. 3 – Nov 9: Grace United Church of Christ, 2300 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton
  • Nov 10: Return to Trinity United Church of Christ

Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The food collected during the event will be distributed through Stark County Hunger Task Force (SCHTF) headquartered at 408 9th St. SW, Suite 1637.

Much needed non-perishable food items include canned meats and tuna, cereals, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, rice and canned beans, fruits and vegetables.

Stark County Hunger Task Force officials report nearly one in six Stark County residents suffers food insecurity, and alarmingly, the county’s child food insecurity rate is 25.2 percent — both higher than the national averages.

Statistics reveal one in four children in Stark County live at or below the poverty level, and 10 percent of seniors are food insecure.

The need continues to grow — SCHTF through a network of more than two-and-a-half dozen pantries provides free groceries for some 25,000 individuals in Stark County each month, officials report.

Founded in 1981, Stark County Hunger Task Force leads the battle against hunger in Stark County. SCHTF feeds some 25,000 individuals and families every month through its pantry network, “Backpacks for Kids” programs, an emergency pantry and mobile pantry services. For more information, call 330.455.6667 or visit SCHTF on-line at www.starkhunger.org.

Ken Palosi October 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM
As a volunteer at the Stark County Hunger Task Force main pantry I have been able to see first hand the dire need of families in Stark County. During these tough economic times more and more families are dependent upon the generosity of others just to survive. With Thanksgiving on the horizon I hope many of you will remember those who are less fortunate.
Morgan Day (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM
And thanks for posting this on our events calendar, Ken. "Filling a semi truck" is definitely a neat concept, and I hope it gets lots of attention around the county!
Ken Palosi October 16, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Thanks for the great article Morgan. If any of our Patch readers would like to contribute but can't make it to one of the drop off sites, they can contact me, Ken Palosi at 330-497-7219 and I will make sure their donations get loaded onto the semi.
Amy Weisbrod October 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Thank you, North Canton Patch and Ken Palosi, for spreading the news of our event "Fill a Semi". Here at the Stark County Hunger Task Force, we serve 25,000 residents a month who qualify for food assistance. This event will help supplement our food purchases at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. The community's donations bring in items we are not able to buy due to price and/or availability. Your help is needed and very appreciated! Thank you, SCHTF staff
Morgan Day (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Happy to help, Amy. It's definitely amazing to see how far-reaching the Stark County Hunger Task Force is (25,000 residents a month!). Hoping for a successful food drive. Best of luck!


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