Hunger is one biggest issues facing our community today. Food on the table or in the fridge is something that most of us take for granted. For some, it can prove to be one of the largest hurdles to overcome yet is still one of the most important. Our Food programs help you feed your family with emergency food assistance, hot lunches, and monthly food giveaways.
To make a Food Pantry appointment, call Info Line at 330-376-4850.
Emergency Food Pantry
OPEN M provides a three-day supply of food year round to individuals and families throughout a service area that includes zip codes 44301, 44307, 44311, 44320, 44308, 44321, 44203, and the Stow portion of 44224. Food for the pantry is collected by a variety of civic groups, individuals, and schools, as well as our church and business partners. We purchase additional staples at reduced cost from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
Pantry hours are 11:30 am to 2 pm, Monday through Thursday.
We get referrals to this program from Info Line. Call Info Line at 330-376-4850 to find out how to qualify.
Hot Lunch Program
With a high percentage of our population receiving other support (such as food assistance) early each month, we serve meals at the end of the month when food is running low. Hot lunch is provided in partnership with various churches, businesses, and community groups. We serve meals to anyone in need throughout Summit County.
OPEN M serves free hot lunches weekdays, 11:30 am to 1 pm, during the last two weeks of the month (except in November and December).
Mountain of Food
Through a partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, OPEN M distributes 14,000 to 18,000 pounds of free food every month except December. This event provides mainly perishable foods, including bread, pastries, fresh vegetables, and fruit. Individuals and families living in Summit County are eligible. No referral or appointment is necessary, but clients must bring proof of Summit County residency, a photo ID and meet income guidelines.
Mountain of Food is held on the third Friday of each month, from 9 to 11 am.