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Community Harvest was created to collect perishable and prepared food that would otherwise be wasted from local restaurants, caterers, hospitals and the food industry. This food is distributed to local soup kitchens, shelters and hot meal programs helping to alleviate hunger.
We often get asked what makes Community Harvest different from other hunger relief programs. The biggest difference is that it is the one area food program that does not need to purchase any product or services. Every day, area restaurants prepare food ahead that cannot be served by the end of the day. Every day, grocery stores and bakeries have prepared food that exceeds the shelf life. Food festivals, caterers, and banquet halls prepare delicious meals and regularly have food left over as well. Thousands of pounds of prepared food would be routinely discarded. But through the generosity of food providers throughout Stark County and a team of dedicated volunteers, Community Harvest is able to rescue that food and get it to those who need it most.
Community Harvest currently collects from over ninety different food donors and delivers to 32 community-based organizations that run hot meal programs and soup kitchens to help alleviate hunger. Community Harvest is the ONLY hunger relief program in NE Ohio that picks-up and distributes food to participating agencies at no cost. Last year, Community Harvest rescued over $1.2 Million in food and delivered approximately 750,000 meals.
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