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.