After providing emergency food assistance to those in need for over 20 years from several locations in Nordonia Hills we decided to start from scratch and in May 2013 we opened Our Community Hunger Center at 9733 Ravenna Road just off the square in downtown Twinsburg. Thanks to the over 2300 individuals, businesses, churches, schools, and student groups who have partnered with us nearly 9000 local residents have received a 7-day supply of nutritious food. These results do not include the countless individuals blessed by our daily institutional bread program made possible by the kindness of Giant Eagle and Schwebel's. Also not included are the nearly 1000 area-residents who participate in our Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Programs.
To give you an idea as to how fast we're growing, through May 2016 we have provided a 7-day supply of food to 1961 individuals, a 51% increase over the 1298 we helped for the same period last year. This is after serving 3697 in 2015, an 88% increase over the 1959 we assisted in 2014, our first full year of operation.
Because we are a "Choice Pantry" member agency of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank those we assist are able to select from a wide choice of food options. These include meat, poultry, vegetables, fruit and bread and bakery. In addition to these benefits we are the only area food pantry that provides a 7-day supply of food each month to qualify. Other pantries provide only a 3-day supply of food each month. For those recipients who are homebound, we gladly deliver their needed food to them. We are the only Twinsburg food pantry available every weekday from 9:00-4:00 to help our neighbors in need. It's because of the appreciation shown by the residents in the Twinsburg Senior Apartments, who took the time to thank us in writing, that serves to motivate us daily to make our motto "Caring for Each Other" a reality.
By operating as a Choice Pantry, we endeavor to "serve our clients with dignity" as well as to minimize waste. Being a member of the food bank gives us access to some food items at subsidized prices. WHILE WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE DONATIONS OF FOOD AND PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS IN KIND. WE CAN USE MONETARY DONATIONS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO US THROUGH THE FOOD BANK AND LEVERAGE THE FUNDS MANY TIMES OVER!!
We are an independent non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity and rely entirely on public support. We thank our current donors and ask for their continued support. We ask new donors to contribute their time, talent, and treasure. We welcome volunteers, especially students who need service hours. IF YOU HAVE NOT JOINED THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER, CONSIDER YOURSELF INVITED! Volunteer at Our Community Hunger Center and enjoy yourself, have fun, and make friends, all while CARING FOR EACH OTHER. If you would like to make a donation please scroll down this page! Thank you so much.
To Our Community Hunger Center,
I would like to thank all that have helped me and everyone in the Twinsburg Senior Apartments. I am very appreciative for the bread we receive on Tuesdays. It is so helpful. I also want to thank the Hunger Center for the holiday baskets and some toys for my granddaughters.
May God Bless You All!
(Many of the seniors are regular clients. OCHC also delivers bread to the seniors on Tuesdays and delivers food for the holidays directly to the senior apartments.)