Flash's Food Pantry

Effective March 16, 2020:
To slow transmission of COVID-19 and remain consistent with recommendations from state health authorities to practice physical distancing, all Kent State University campuses are closed until further notice.

As a result, Flash's Food Pantry is also closed.

As alternatives to Flash's Food Pantry, we would like to offer the following area food bank/food pantry information for students, faculty and staff in need. Please visit each of their websites for more information.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron
Main Phone: 330-535-6900
Stark Phone: 330-452-4661

Stark County Hunger Task Force
408 9th St. SW, North Canton
Summit Phone: 844-640-6446

North Canton Cares Pantry
1300 Pittsburgh Ave., North Canton
Serves residents of 44721, 44720, 44685, 44718, 44708 and 44630 (Drivers license / mail item (proof of residence required).

Please note: If you have children, check to see if their school(s) is offering food assistance as well.


Ashley Brightbill

We understand that you need a helping hand during hard times. Flash’s Food Pantry is open to any Kent State University at Stark student, faculty or staff member.

Brown paper bags are available to transport items and those in need can take up to 12 items per visit, per person. The pantry is confidential and does not ask for personal information.

Campus Center
Lower Level

Fall & Spring Hours:
Closed until further notice.

Summer Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Flash's Food Pantry receives fresh produce from Flash's Food Garden at Kent State Stark.

Please help us feed those in need

Flash’s Food Pantry relies on the generosity of its supporters to help fight hunger on campus. Monetary donations are accepted in the Academic Success Center or at the donation box in the Emporium Grille. Non-perishable food can be donated in the collection boxes located across campus. Flash’s Food Pantry works with Interfaith Campus Ministry and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to directly purchase food at a discounted rate. This helps to maximize dollars raised for the pantry. 

Top 10 Donation Wish List:

  • Boxed cereal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
  • Rice
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bar and liquid soap
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Baby diapers and formula

Become a "Pillar" of the Pantry

Flash's Food Pantry needs individuals (faculty, staff and/or students) to sponsor at least one staple product offered in the Pantry (see list below). As they shop, these individuals or "Pillars" of the Pantry should pick up their sponsored item(s) and donate it/them to the Pantry. This will greatly offset ongoing costs for popular items we cannot keep on the shelves.

We need Pillars for:

  • Gallon of milk (1%, 2%, whole)
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Peanut butter
  • Applesauce (1 container)
  • Pasta (1 box)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Granola bars (1 box)
  • Butter (1 container or 1 box of sticks)
  • Baby food in jars or pouches
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste

To become a Pillar of the Pantry, contact:

Ashley Brightbill

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Contact Flash's Food Pantry

For more information on Flash’s Food Pantry, or to donate funds, nonperishable food items or personal hygiene products, contact Kent State Stark’s Undergraduate Student Government at KSUStarkUSG@kent.edu, or Ashley Brightbill at 330-244-5041 or abright6@kent.edu.