Harvest for Hunger

Harvest for Hunger Campaign: March 19 - April 6, 2015

Kent State University at Stark is holding a Harvest for Hunger Food and Funds Drive to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, a local non-profit operation serving Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties. Take this opportunity to help feed the hungry in the community we serve. A student from your classroom or a family from your neighborhood could benefit from your generosity. I encourage you to join in Kent State Stark’s efforts to care for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
All food and funds raised will help the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and it’s network of more than 500 partner agency programs to supply emergency food to those in need. Food insecure families are so limited in their resources that they are forced to reduce the quality of their food, cut out meat and other high protein foods, as well as skipping meals so that their children can eat, or make tough decisions like paying for food or paying other costs of living.

Here are some startling statistics about hunger in Northeast Ohio:

  • 1 in 7 individuals in our service area is food insecure, meaning they lack regular access to safe and nutritious food
  • Nearly 1 in 4 children in the Foodbank service area is food insecure
  • 30 percent of the members of households serve by the Foodbank are children under the age of 18 years old
  • 80 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank have a high school diplmoa or higher education
  • 81 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they know it's not the healthiest option
  • 1 in 5 families served by the Foodbank report having at least one member that has served in the military

How You Can Help at Kent State Stark:
  • Donate Funds
    For every $1 donated, the Foodbank can provide four meals to the community.
  • Can Flash Mob
    Bring canned goods to the Campus Center on Thursday, March 19 at noon. Staff will receive one free Jeans Day sticker for participating in the Can Flash Mob.
  • Jeans Days
    Purchase Jeans Day stickers from faculty and staff secretaries to be used any day through April 6. Stickers are $5 each or 5 stickers for $15.
  • Headshots for Hunger
    Receive a professional headshot for your LinkedIn, personal website, resume, social media accounts, etc. for a minimum donation of $1or a canned good.

Thursday, April 2: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student Resource Room (Campus Center Lower Level)

Thursday, April 2: 4 - 6 p.m.
Main Hall Conference Room 1

Friday, April 3: 9 - 11 a.m.
Main Hall Conference Room 1

  • Donate Non-Perishable Food Items
    The "Super Six" most needed items are:
    - Boxed Cereal
    - Peanut Butter
    - Canned Soup
    - Canned Beef Stew
    - Canned Vegetables
    - Canned Tuna 
    Donation boxes locations:
    Main Hall Lobby
    Fine Arts Lobby
    Campus Center Lobby