Food & nutrition

Unfortunately, one in four children in Stark County is not sure where their next meal will come from. Find local organizations dedicated to providing access to food and nutrition for youth of all ages. Whether you are looking for a local hot meal program or need help applying for public food assistance, resources are available.

What is food assistance?

According to Stark County Job & Family Services, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, is a monthly payment for eligible individuals and families to purchase groceries. Benefits come in the form of a plastic Ohio Direction Card, which can be used at participating stores.

Help paying for food

Ohio Direction Card

Plastic card carrying monthly food assistance benefits. For Activation, Lost or PIN resets, call the phone number below. 
221 3rd St. SE
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (866) 386-3071

Stark County WIC Program

SNAP benefits for women, infants and children.
420 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 489-3326
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Hot meal programs

Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank

Network of food pantry and hot meal sites.
350 Opportunity Pkwy.
Akron, OH 44307
Phone: (330) 535-6900

Community Harvest

Excess food donations for Stark County residents in need. 
4915 Fulton Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 493-0800

Meals on Wheels: North Canton

Delivers prepared meals to North Canton residents in need.
7707 Market Ave. N
Canton, OH 44721
Phone: (330) 494-0366
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio

Provides food donations to individuals who are homebound due to age, illness or disability.
2363 Nave Rd. SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Toll free: 1 (800) 466-8010
Local: (330) 832-7220
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Salvation Army: Food Pantry

Regional food bank offering free canned goods and fresh groceries. 
420 Market Ave. S
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-0159
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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10:00 am - 12:00 pm
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Salvation Army: Meals Program

Local food program offering hot, nutritious meals and opportunities for social interaction.
420 Market Ave. S
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-0159
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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Stark County Hunger Task Force

Network of more than 30 food pantries throughout Stark County.
408 9th St. SW
Suite 1637
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 455-6667
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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9:00 am - 2:00 pm

United Way of Greater Stark County

Instantly connect with health and social services throughout Stark County.
Hotline: 211
Hotline: 211
Hours: 24/7 guidance