Flashes Fighting Hunger

Golden Flash Food Drive Cartoon Flashes Fighting Hunger at Kent State University is a student-powered and volunteer-driven organization dedicated to reducing food waste and promoting food security.

Utilizing recovered food, shared kitchen space in Tri-Towers, and volunteers who want to make a difference, Flashes Fighting Hunger is able to host multiple food pantries on-campus each week. It also is able to prepare 250+ nutritious meals for those struggling with food insecurity. The organization also collaborates with the Center for Nutrition Outreach at Kent to provide fresh food for the Mighty Pack program, has a weekly presence at the Haymaker Farmers’ Market, and provides fresh food to the Kent State CARES Center.
 


Campus Kitchen

The Campus Kitchen is our hub of operations. Generously donated to us for use by Dining Services, it is located on the second floor of Tri-Towers. Hundreds of volunteers from the campus and surrounding community participate in service through food recovery, sorting, meal prep, and cooking shifts in the kitchen each year. Engaging in service-learning, the Campus Kitchen also hosts future nutrition majors through weekly cooking shifts, giving them invaluable hands-on learning and access to professional grade kitchen equipment. Please click the link above if you’d like to volunteer in our Campus Kitchen.

 

 

Campus Kitchen Volunteers
 
 
Drive-thru Food Distribution

Graphic giving details for the Drive-thru Food Distribution The Kent state Drive-thru Food Distribution is every third Wednesday of the month from 1-3 PM in the parking lot of Dix Stadium. Each month Flashes Fighting Hunger partners with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank to provide a large-scale food distribution for all members of the community. Anyone is welcome to receive boxes of supplemental groceries and no proof of income or residency is necessary. The food distribution is contactless and volunteers will place food items in vehicles.

Weekly Food Pantries

Open to all members of the Kent State and surrounding community:

Tri Towers Rotunda 1475 Leebrick Dr. You’ll find us at the door of the intersection of Leebrick Dr. and Senhauser Dr., behind the PARTA bus stop. Weekly food pantries are open to all members of the Kent State and surrounding community. Although we have a basic intake process for first time users consisting of requesting basic information (name, date of birth, address and telephone number if applicable), no proof of income or residency is ever required.

  • Tuesdays, Appointment only 3-5:30pm; walk-ins welcome 5:30-6pm
  • Fridays, Appointment only 3-5:30pm; walk-ins welcome 5:30-6pm

Please schedule your time by visiting the following link: Schedule Campus Kitchen Food Pantry

If you are a current KSU student and continue to experience food insecurity or have challenges meeting your basic needs, please contact the CARES Center at Kent State.

Partners

Thanks to the generous support of local food donors and volunteers, thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members benefit from the Flashes Fighting Hunger program each year.

Donors:

  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Co Bank
  • Haymaker Farmers’ Market
  • Hillel at Kent State
  • Meijer
  • Portage Community Foundation
  • Trader Joes
  • United Christian Ministries
  • Countless individuals and KSU groups throughout the community!

Benefactors:

  • Center of Hope
  • Kent Social Services
  • Kentway Apartments
  • Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Upper Room Ministries 
 

2019 Stats

81,321
Pounds of Food Recovered
12,500
Hot Meals Served
4,500
Hours of Service
28,294
Pounds of Food Pantry Distribution