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. Now in its 30th year, the campaign raises critical dollars to provide nutritious food for local hunger relief organizations in 21 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio. This annual campaign is more important than ever before. It brings together the Northeast Ohio community and allows neighbors to help neighbors.
In 2020, the campaign took on a new form with a new sense of urgency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and was unlike any other. As companies and employees adjusted to remote work arrangements, many campaign events and drives were re-envisioned, postponed or cancelled. But one thing remained the same – Northeast Ohioans rallied together to help their neighbors in a time of unprecedented need.
The Food Banks have been humbled by the generosity of our community since the start of the pandemic but we know we have a long road ahead of us. It will take years for our community and our neighbors to get back on their feet, which is why the 2021 Harvest for Hunger campaign will be more important than ever before.