School referrals for basic needs

In order for a child to learn and thrive, it is important that their basic needs are met. When children are hungry or homeless, they are not prepared for success in school. Fortunately, many Stark County school districts have resources in place to provide access to food, clothing, shelter and more. Learn about the school-based programs helping to remove nonacademic barriers and support local families.

School resources

Alliance City Schools: Aviator Food Bags

Weekend food bags for students who may not have access to consistent meals throughout the school year.
200 Glamorgan St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-2100

Canton Local Schools: Backpack Program

Weekend backpack meals every Friday for qualifying students.
600 Faircrest St. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 484-8019

North Canton City Schools: Spirit Closet

For those who are new to the community or current members who cannot afford the expense of school-branded apparel.
525 7th St. NE
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-5600

Perry Helping Perry: Clothes Closet

Clothing and supplies for Perry Local School District students.
5038 Tuscarawas St W
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: 330-737-1281
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Tue.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu.
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Perry Helping Perry: Food Pantry

Food pantry serving the needs of Perry Township residents.
3757 Lincoln Way E
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 418-4148
Hours: Third Saturday of every month: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Helping Hands Network

Clothes and shoes for Sandy Valley Local School District students.  
126 South Main St.
Waynesburg, OH 44688
Phone: (330) 866-2005
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Tue.
9:00 am - 11:30 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wed.
9:00 am - 11:30 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thu.
9:00 am - 11:30 am
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Community resources

Access Health Stark County

Guiding individuals and families to quality, affordable medical care in Stark County. 
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 437-3715

Stark County Job & Family Services: Basic Needs

Helping individuals in Stark County apply for cash, food and medical assistance.
221 3rd St. SE
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 452-4661
TDD: (330) 451-8879
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Mon.
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue.
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed.
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu.
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri.
8:00 am - 4:00 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