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.
 


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.

Summer 2022 Food Pantry Schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 24 through Friday, May 27: 1-4 p.m.
  • Every Tuesday and Friday after: 1-4 p.m. 

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.

Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry launched in the fall of 2021 thanks to the generous support of community donors and Kent State’s Culinary Services, who donated the box truck for food security efforts. The Mobile Pantry will expand food access to pockets of the Portage County community that face challenges to utilizing current resources such as lack of transportation or residing in food deserts. Any person or organization interested in hosting a pop-up pantry with our mobile unit should email community@kent.edu to inquire.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Day Event Time Location Description
Monday, November 15

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Food Drive

Monday-Friday
  • Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) Lobby
  • Academic, Community, and Career Engagement Center (ACCE) Lobby in the Schwartz Center (Rm. 261)
  • Graduate Student Senate Office
  • Graduate Studies Office

 

This food drive begins on Monday and concludes on Friday. All donation items will be part of the Wagon Wheel Food Drive against the University of Akron, which will occur throughout the month of November. All items will benefit Flashes Fighting Hunger (formerly Campus Kitchen).

Donate any of the items listed below:

  • Toiletry items (razors, tissues, soaps, etc.)
  • Cooking oils and sprays (canola, olive, vegetable)
  • Condiments and sauces
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Pasta, rice, macaroni and cheese, ramen, etc.
  • Nuts and dried fruits
  • School Supplies

Monday, November 15
 
Winter Coat and Clothing Drive Monday-Friday (and lasting until December 10th)
  • Beverly J. Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center Lobby
  • University Library First Floor Lobby
  • Kent Student Center First Floor (outside 106)
  • Academic, Community, and Career Engagement Center (ACCE) Lobby in the Schwartz Center (Rm. 261)

The Winter Coat and Clothing Drive is coordinated by Career Exploration and Development, Community Engaged Learning, Kent Student Center, the Office of Sustainability, and the Women's Center. This initiative collects clean, gently used or new items for all ages including warm clothing, hats, gloves, scarves and sweaters. Those wishing to donate can look for large boxes with Winter Coat and Clothing Drive signs at the locations listed to the left.

Winter coat and clothing donations will go to the Winter Warm Up Stations at the Williamson House and Schwartz Center room 261, and the Phyllis Zumkehr Portage County Clothing Center, which provides items to homeless individuals, families, elderly, and veterans in need free of charge.

Tuesday, November 16 Documentary & Discussion 5:30PM-7:30PM CUE KeyBank Lounge

Join us for a viewing of "Under The Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness" and a discussion on the impact of homelessness in the Kent community. Pizza will be provided! Register here.


Wednesday, November 17
 
Volunteer at Monthly Akron Canton Regional Foodbank Food Distribution  1:00 PM-3:00 PM Dix Stadium Flashes Fighting Hunger is partnering with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to host a large-scale food distribution on Wednesday, November 17th from 1-3. Volunteers will be needed to assist with operations. All shifts will take place outside, so dress appropriately! Register here.
Wednesday, November 17 Oxfam Hunger Banquet 5:30PM-7:00PM Kent Student Center 318

CEL will be hosting an Oxfam Hunger Banquet, an interactive experience that teaches guests about hunger and food distribution throughout the world. Guests will randomly be assigned an income profile. A discussion reflecting on the experience will follow. Register here. 

Thursday, November 18 Service in a Flash: Plarn Mats 12:00PM-2:00PM CUE KeyBank Lounge

Learn how to make yarn out of plastic bags (plarn) which will be upcycled into sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness! No experience is necessary. These mats will be donated to The Homeless Charity in Akron, Ohio. Register here.

Thursday, November 18

Announcement of "Flashes Fighting Hunger" Rebranding and Launch of Mobile Food Pantry 

2:00-3:00 PM

CUE KeyBank Lounge

Join us as we rebrand Campus Kitchen to "Flashes Fighting Hunger" and introduce our mobile food unit to the university community! Attendees will also have the opportunity to pre-assemble bags of food for distribution later in the evening. No registration necessary for this portion--just show up!

Thursday, November 18 First Pop-Up Mobile Pantry 5:00PM-7:00PM
Community Estates (6469 S Fairfield Ave., Ravenna, OH 44266)
 
Help us as we hold the FIRST pop-up mobile food pantry! Volunteers will pass out the pre-made bags of food to community members. Transportation is not provided. Register here

Thursday, November 18
 
Student-Led Food Insecurity Workshop 5:30 PM 158 Taylor Hall

Join this workshop, led by students in CCI's Fall 2021 Media & Movements Seminar, to discuss creating an expanded, Kent State-specific definition of food insecurity. The goal is to include as many student voices and ideas as possible.

Friday, November 19 Can Sculpture Competition 

12PM-4PM (judging & winner announcement from 3:30PM-4PM)

CUE KeyBank Lounge

Registered teams will design and build a structure made of non-perishable food items, toiletries, etc..Groups incorporate the "Space" theme into your design. All donateable items used during the creation of your sculpture will be given to the Wagon Wheel Food Drive Competition against the University of Akron. These items will benefit Flashes Fighting Hunger (formerly the Campus Kitchen).

Saturday, November 20 Hunger & Homelessness Day of Service

10:30AM-1PM

Lower Level of Kent Student Center (then dismissing to various sites on and off campus)
Join us for a special Day of Service focused on Hunger and Homelessness to round out the week! Learn about local responses to hunger and homelessness and support organizations doing meaningful work in our community. Lunch and transportation are included! Register here
 

 

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.

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 
 

2021 Stats

71,240
Pounds of Food Recovered
41,925
Pounds of Food Pantry Distribution
2,126
Members Served from Food Pantries