Harvest for Hunger

Say No to
Local Hunger.

Harvest for Hunger is an annual springtime campaign and collaborative effort of four local food banks across 21 counties to help fight hunger in Northeast Ohio. It is coordinated by the Akron- Canton Regional Foodbank, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

The Harvest for Hunger campaign is one of the largest annual, community-wide food and funds drives in the nation. The campaign consists of workplace giving, corporate opportunities, cause-marketing, school engagement, volunteer opportunities and Check Out Hunger. Check Out Hunger, a cashier-led fundraising effort in grocery stores across the region, gives customers the option to make a donation at the register. Buehler’s, Dave’s Markets, Fisher Foods, Giant Eagle, GetGo, Heinen’s Grocery Store and Lucky’s Market. Check Out Hunger Kicks-off on March 3, 2022.

In 2021, the campaign kicked-off with a sense of urgency in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and over its three-month period set a new record, collecting over $9.3 million and thousands of pounds of food to provide over 37 million nutritious meals for local hunger relief organizations. Northeast Ohioans rallied together to help their neighbors in a time of unprecedented need.

The Food Banks continue to be humbled by the generosity of our community since the start of the pandemic but we know we have a long road ahead of us. This crisis has exacerbated the situation for so many families who already were struggling and the need continues to present itself even as we move back to normality. With your support, the Food Banks and our agency partners will be here for the Harvest for Hunger season and the long haul.

It will take years for our community and our neighbors to get back on their feet, which is why the Harvest for Hunger campaign will be continue to be more important than ever before.

Your support of hunger relief efforts in our area is more important than ever.

  • 1 in 6 Ohioans struggles to put food on the table. For children, that number is more dismal, as 1 in 4 children are at risk of going hungry.
  • Ohio ranks 10th in the nation for food insecurity. Those living in food insecure households can’t always count on having three nutritious meals every day.
  • All too often, those served by the Harvest For Hunger campaign must choose between paying for food and paying for utilities such as heat, or getting the medicines they need to stay healthy.
  • In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment has soared and food insecurity is on the rise.

Want to get involved in your community?

akron

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Counties Served: Carroll, Holmes, Portage, Medina, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne

gcfb

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Counties Served: Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Richland

mahoning

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley

Counties Served: Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana

north-central

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio

Counties Served: Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain