Food bank in Akron helps kick of Harvest for Hunger

March 2, 2012 by  

A 21-county food and funds drive kicked off on the morning of Wednesday this week, February 29. The annual Harvest for Hunger fundraiser and food drive is coordinated by the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank and the Cleveland Food Bank. The 2012 campaign launched at 10 am from the Tower City Center in Cleveland, north of Akron. Northeast Ohio initiates the food and fund drive every spring. The campaign is currently one of the largest drives in the nation and brings in an estimated $3 million each year. In 2011 alone, the efforts put forth by the citizens of northeast Ohio raised enough money to provide about 14 million meals.

Organizations, individuals or businesses in Akron, Cleveland or other areas of northeast Ohio that want to participate in a fundraising effort or food drive may choose to draw attention to the event with poster printing or flyer printing. While many individuals choose to draw up a flyer and print copies to post around the area, some may select to use a local printing company for this task.

The Harvest for Hunger food drive and fundraising event helps provide food to hundreds of food pantries, hot meals locations, shelters and other organizations and places in northeast Ohio that strive to help families in need. The elderly and children make up approximately half of the individuals helped by these programs in northeast Ohio alone.

The Cleveland Food Bank reports that food distribution has risen by 59 percent in just the last three years. The Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank’s goal this year is to provide 3.5 million meals to those in need by raising $865,000 through the annual Harvest for Hunger campaign.