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Akron, OH - The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank announced April 7 in recent reports its Harvest for Hunger campaign has raised 50 percent of its overall 2017 campaign goal of $1,250,500.
One month into Harvest for Hunger, the campaign is halfway to goal. Foodbank President & CEO, Dan Flowers, says he is confident the Foodbank will reach its goal by the time the campaign closes on April 30, 2017.
“I continue to be awed by the generosity of the people in Northeast Ohio,” said Flowers. “This community shares a strong philanthropic culture of caring for their neighbors in need, while investing in the common good. But now, we are asking you to join us, to help those struggling with hunger by supporting Harvest for Hunger during the final month of this campaign.”
Harvest for Hunger is the Foodbank’s largest fundraising initiative and is a collaborative effort of four Ohio food banks serving 21 counties in Northeast Ohio. It’s being led locally by two respected leaders from the media industry, Mark Cohen, Publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and Jim Porter, Publisher of GateHouse Ohio Media.
One hundred percent of all Harvest for Hunger donations will go directly toward feeding hungry men, women and children in our community. Donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and workplace giving campaigns during the two-month campaign provide funding for a range of programs benefiting the Foodbank’s 8-county service area.
The two major components of the Harvest for Hunger campaign are food & funds drives and Check Out Hunger.
1. Food & funds drives: Nearly 300 businesses, schools, community organizations and families are holding food & funds drives throughout the months of March and April. To register a food & funds drive simply visit the Foodbank’s website and download a coordinator’s kit: akroncantonfoodbank.org/hfh.
2. Check Out Hunger: Local retailers including Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Dave’s Supermarkets, Fishers Foods, Giant Eagle, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ace Hardware and Heinen’s Fine Foods participate in Check Out Hunger, which allows shoppers to scan coupons and make donations of $1, $5 or $10 at the checkout register.
If you have any additional question or want to get involved locally in Harvest for Hunger, please visit akroncantonfoodbank.org/hfh.