Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank hosting drive-thru distribution

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank hosting drive-thru distribution
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank hosting drive-thru distribution (Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank) (Source: TIM FITZWATER)

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is here to help with a drive-thru distribution.

The event is taking place from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at their facility on 350 Opportunity Pkwy with the assistance of the National Guard.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank said it plans to distribute a 26 lb. box of food and bag of fresh produce to each household.

The box will contain shelf-stable food items such as rice, beans, canned goods, soups, etc., to go with the bag of fresh fruits, vegetables, and bread if it is available.

Anyone who plans to attend will need to follow the following guidelines given by the Akron Foodbank:

  • clean out the trunk of your vehicle because groceries will only be placed in trunks
  • stay in your vehicle during the distribution
  • bring a photo ID (if you have one)

However, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank said they are able to serve people who had to walk or take public transit, but they do recommend bringing a cart to help carry the 26 lb. box of food and bag of produce.

If you are unable to leave your home, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank said write your name, address, phone number, and how many people are in your household on a piece of paper.

Then, write “I, [YOUR NAME], give [FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER’S NAME] permission to pick up food on my behalf.”

There is no need to pre-register for this distribution.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank encourages those who are in need of further food assistance to visit their Need Food page by clicking here to search available food programs by zip code.

You can also give the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank a call at (330) 535-6900 to be assisted by a staff member.

According to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, food distribution is 22% higher than this time last year, and when they compare distribution numbers from mid-March-current, compared to this time last year, they’ve seen an even larger increase in demand.

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