(Canton, Ohio) – The Stark Community Foundation announces the largest grants in its history to food bank
The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will receive $1 million gift for their future hub at 1365 Cherry Avenue. NE. SCF officials note the board of directors explained the recognized the project’s potential to meet community needs.
In 2015 the SCF released the results of the study “The Future of Food Security in Stark County.” The study discovered that 16.3% of the population and 23.8% of children in the county were “food insecure.” Meaning, they did not have access to enough food to lead healthy lives. Officials determined one solution to this problem would be to open a local food hub that would increase access to healthy food while also promoting the food sector workforce and the area’s entrepreneurial culture.
The coming food bub will be located at the former Fishers Foods in Canton. The SCF previously awarded more than $140,000 to the food bank to support planning for the hub as well as its past merger with Community Harvest, which will operate out of the new facility as will local farmers’ markets. Space will also be available to other community agencies.
Additional details including fundraising partners, the total cost of the project and more are expected to be released in the near future.