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  • How much sleep do I need?

    Getting enough sleep is critical for healthy and happy development, but it can be difficult to know how much you need. Because sleep needs vary for newborns, infants, toddlers, children, teens and young adults, it’s important to know what’s recommended for you.

    • Basic Needs: Childhood

      In order to grow up happy and healthy, kids need a roof over their heads, food on the table and access to quality medical care. Unfortunately, this is not a reality for many of Stark County’s youngest residents. Find local organizations connecting children in our community with the basic items they need to thrive. Together, we can help keep our kids safe and supported.

      • Basic needs: adulthood

        Stark County offers a wide range of basic needs services from food, medicine and family assistance as well as targeted services for veterans, those in substance abuse recovery, homeless persons, parents and more.

        • Hard times: youth & teens

          When your family faces a job loss, medical issue or another significant financial setback, you might be shocked, confused and unsure where to turn. Fortunately, there are resources for young people and families who need emergency financial assistance in Stark County.

          • How students and families can find help for basic needs
            Resources for basic needs are available for Stark County students during the school year. Watch this video to learn more.
            • 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.
              • Basic needs: youth & teens

                For adolescents in Stark County, growing up can be a challenge – especially when money is tight and support is not available at home. When youth and teens are struggling to meet their most basic needs, there are many local organizations they can turn to for help. Discover ways to access food, clothing and shelter for adolescents across Stark.

                • Basic Needs: Early Childhood

                  If you are looking for pregnancy support, have a young child at home or need financial assistance to make ends meet, finding help is easier than ever. Learn about programs and organizations committed to providing basic needs to growing families in Stark County. Because no baby should go without the necessary items for a healthy and safe start to life.

                  • Clothing and Furniture Assistance

                    If you or someone you know is in need of clothing or furniture assistance in Stark County, there is a network of community resources you can turn to for support. Whether you need baby, back-to-school, professional or everyday clothing, clothing resources are available here at home. If you’re moving into a new place can be intimidating when you’re not sure where to find affordable furniture. Below you’ll find places that can help you turn a house into a home,

                    • Abuse & neglect: early childhood

                      Although they may not understand or be able to express what’s happened, infants can still be deeply affected by abuse and neglect. This early trauma can hinder a child’s physical, mental and emotional development, compromising their sense of safety and security. To help combat the negative impacts of early childhood abuse, it is important that babies and small children get the early intervention and support they need. Find local child protective services dedicated to survivors of abuse and neglect.

                      • Hard times: young adults

                        The transition to adulthood presents many new and often daunting challenges – from finding affordable housing to navigating the job search. If you find yourself struggling with the demands of bills, budgets and money management, don’t be discouraged. Community resources are available to support you toward a better financial future.

                        • Childhood neglect and abuse
                          When a parent or caregiver fails to provide the basic needs for a child to grow up happy and healthy, it can cause serious long-term effects. For healthy development, children need food, clothing, safety, shelter and emotional support, especially during the early years of their lives.
                          • Homeless & housing: youth & teens

                            Youth and teens are considered the highest at-risk group for homelessness in the United States. Each year, in communities like ours, it is estimated that up to two million young people are living on the streets, vulnerable to harm. Every child needs a healthy, safe environment in which to live. Learn what support services can help you or someone you know transition to a more stable living environment.

                            • Hard times: early childhood

                              Young children need proper nutrition and medical care in order to grow, develop and thrive. When a household is in financial crisis, it can have serious, long-term health, social and behavioral implications throughout their lives. Fortunately, families in Stark County are not alone in facing these challenges. There are local agencies dedicated to providing food, clothing, shelter and cash assistance to those who are experiencing hard times.

                              Even parents who are employed with steady incomes may struggle to make ends meet when they have child.

                              • Re-entering the community
                                Re-entering the community after jail time is no easy task. After being released, young people often struggle to find a place in society and require critical services and supports. They may benefit from programs to help rebuild family relationships, reintegrate into school and access public benefits, housing and employment.
                                • Health care support
                                  All residents should have access to safe and effective health care, regardless of age or income. If you are a teen, young adult or the parent of a young child, affordable, quality care is within your reach. Get the medical, dental, prescription or mental health coverage you need for a happy and healthy tomorrow.
                                  • Abuse & neglect: childhood

                                    Any intentional action that causes significant harm to a child is considered abuse. It can come in the form of physical, sexual or emotional damage, and is very rarely an isolated incident. Because child abuse is frequently carried out by a close loved one, it is essential that advocates in a child’s life pay attention and report suspicions. Find local resources dedicated to preventing and treating childhood abuse and neglect.

                                    • Public Benefits Assistance: Application & Eligibility

                                      Navigating life’s challenges is difficult enough. We’re here to make finding help for basic needs simple. Learn how to apply for cash, food and/or medical assistance and get started today. Cases are processed in the order they are received, so it is important to start the process as soon as possible.

                                      • Hard times: childhood

                                        When families are dealing with a financial crisis, children are impacted whether we realize it or not. Most everyone in Stark County experiences the practical and emotional impacts of money troubles at one point or another, and it can be helpful to open up an honest dialogue with the entire household about the challenges. Talking about hardships could help children cope and even bring families closer.

                                        Although financial challenges affect everyone, they can still take a major toll when they hit close to home.

                                        • Abuse & neglect: youth & teens

                                          Today, teens have rates of abuse and neglect that are as high as or higher than those of young children. To make matters worse, this abuse often comes from the hands of family members – the very people responsible for keeping them safe. Teenagers are often more vulnerable than they let on, masking the internal turmoil they’re experiencing. Find local programs helping to support these young people on their path toward understanding and recovery.

                                          • Homeless services: adults 26+

                                            For adults who are homeless or facing the possibility of homelessness, Stark County has people who want to help. Start here and contact the organizations below to find assistance with basic resources and temporary housing locations.

                                            • Transportation Services

                                              For many Stark County residents, public transportation services are essential for their basic needs, including trips to work and medical appointments. Fortunately, local transportation resources are available to support low-income individuals as well as those with permanent disabilities. Find routes and more information for SARTA here.

                                              • Homeless & housing: young adults

                                                Young people between the ages of 18 and 25 can face significant obstacles as they move toward independent living. Whether you are aging out of foster care or struggling to achieve self-sufficiency with limited resources, you are not alone and help is available. Get started with local resources for basic needs and emotional support.

                                                • Adult literacy
                                                  Adult literacy programs are designed to address several important learning areas, including writing, reading, basic math and cultural competency. These programs not only help to support individual success. When more adults in Stark County are literate, the community sees reductions in crime and substance use as well as improved public health and employment rates.
                                                  • Stark County CARE Teams cover basic needs so students can focus on academics
                                                    Together, these professionals brainstorm ideas for ways to support children so they can do their best while they’re at school.
                                                    • Legal assistance: young adults

                                                      While youth ages 18 to 25 are still developing into mature and self-sufficient adults, many laws and policies begin treating them as adults at age 18. Poor decisions made during this time can have life-long consequences and may make it more difficult to access employment, housing and other basic needs later on. Seek out local legal assistance for the complex challenges these transition-age youth face, including record expungement eligibility.

                                                      • Developmental disabilities: young adults

                                                        The journey to adulthood can be challenging for anyone, and especially for young people with developmental disabilities. From securing employment and managing health care responsibilities to finding accessible housing and transportation, there is a lot to learn to ensure a smooth transition. To plan for success in the adult world, community resources are available. Learn about the advocates and supporters helping to empower young adults with disabilities in Stark County, Ohio.

                                                        • How to be an advocate for youth in your Stark County community
                                                          Learn how you can find and share resources to be an advocate for youth in your Stark County community.
                                                          • Suicide prevention for Stark County children, teens and young adults
                                                            If someone you know is hurting, don’t stop encouraging them to seek support. There is a community rooting for them to keep going.
                                                            • How to Find Warming Centers This Winter
                                                              When freezing temperatures do occur, those who need a warm place to stay can watch for news regarding local warming centers.
                                                              • Navigating the Holidays and Mental Health

                                                                While the holidays are celebrated as “the happiest time of the year,” it doesn’t always feel that way. If you, or a loved one, is struggling, the holidays can be hard. If you’re feeling alone, know that there are places in Stark County where you can turn for support and help.

                                                                The Holidays and Mental Health

                                                                Struggles with mental health and the holidays can equal extra stress. Navigating the two at the same time can be difficult.

                                                                • 2-1-1 Helpline Transitions Resources to

                                                                  In 2023, 2-1-1, Stark County’s helpline, transitioned to 

                                                                  Closing the Stark County information system and online database—that was run by United Way of Greater Stark County—and moving resources to helps streamline the process for community members looking for resources and information.  

                                                         can help you find community resources available to you and your family. The searchable community resource website is supported by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR),

                                                                  • Being Kind to Others & Yourself Can Improve Your Mental Health
                                                                    Kindness is linked to mental health. And we sure could use more of it during the pandemic. Here are simple ways to add more kindness into your life.
                                                                    • Mental Health Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic

                                                                      This year, we’ve faced a pandemic unlike anything in our lifetimes. As we get closer to a vaccine for coronavirus, many people in Stark County are still feeling the stressful effects. Fortunately, the stress response is normal during a crisis.

                                                                      Are you looking for ways to manage feelings of stress and anxiety? Here are some common questions we have received related to mental health, coping with COVID-19 in the community,

                                                                      Goodwill Industries

                                                                      Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items. The Ken Weber Community Campus has walk-in services available Tuesdays and Thursdays for community resource connections. For further information on what Goodwill has to offer, please call our main campus or visit our website.

                                                                      Thrift Store Locations

                                                                      Main Campus: (330) 454-9461
                                                                      Main Campus: (330) 454-9461
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                                                                      Team Jesus Church

                                                                      New Way Food Pantry

                                                                      3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:00pm-7:00 pm (Doors open at 4:00pm)

                                                                      • Photo ID is required
                                                                      • Prayer and ministry support is available but not required to receive food
                                                                      • Other services include toiletries (when available), lay financial counseling, and referral assistance
                                                                      • Recipient’s gross household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines
                                                                      7096 Hills and Dales Rd NW
                                                                      Canton, OH 44708
                                                                      Phone: 330-837-5188
                                                                      Phone: 330-837-5188
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                                                                      Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank (Canton)

                                                                      Keith D. Monda Family Food Pantry

                                                                      The Foodbank is proud to serve the community with a food pantry in the Stark County Campus. Community members in need will have regular access to fresh fruits and vegetables, shelf-stable pantry items, bread and dairy products.

                                                                      Order Ahead: Monday from 1pm-3pm
                                                                      Visit between Friday at 2pm and Monday at 9am to place your order in advance.
                                                                      Also open every Tuesday from 9am-3pm,

                                                                      1365 Cherry Ave. NE
                                                                      Canton, OH 44714
                                                                      Phone: (330) 535-6900
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                                                                      Alliance Community Pantry

                                                                      After being met outside to register, they pull up and load their cars with a grocery basket of canned and boxed food, meat, produce, baked goods and cold food that have been gathered by pantry volunteers.

                                                                      215 E. Market St.
                                                                      Alliance, OH 44601
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                                                                      Stark County Hunger Task Force

                                                                      Network of more than 30 food pantries throughout Stark County

                                                                      Emergency food pantry at the Goodwill Community Campus
                                                                      408 9th St SW Canton, OH 44707

                                                                      Monday: 9:15am – 2:35pm
                                                                      Tuesday: 9:15am – 3:35pm
                                                                      Wednesday: 9:15am – 3:35pm
                                                                      Thursday: 9:15am – 2:35pm
                                                                      Friday: 9:15am – 1:35pm

                                                                      408 9th St. SW
                                                                      Suite 1637
                                                                      Canton, OH 44707
                                                                      Phone: (330) 455-6667
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                                                                      First Christian Church – Canton

                                                                      • Common Goods clothing ministry (Common Goods is closed during certain holidays and when Plain Local Schools close due to bad weather)
                                                                      • Monthly food distribution in partnership with the Akron-Canton Food Bank
                                                                      • Partnered with The Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank


                                                                      6852 Market Ave. N
                                                                      Canton, OH 44720
                                                                      Phone: 330-456-2600
                                                                      Phone: 330-456-2600
                                                                      Hours: Common Goods: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11am-2pm. Every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month: 5-7pm Food Distribution: 3rd Friday of each month: 9-11am
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                                                                      Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank

                                                                      Formerly Stark County Diaper Bank

                                                                      Offer support to families in times of need by providing access to diapers through a network of community partners.

                                                                      Also provide community partners with:

                                                                      • Pad and Tampon Packs
                                                                      • Adult Incontinence Supplies
                                                                      P.O. Box 35452
                                                                      Canton, OH 44735
                                                                      Phone: (330) 488-7558
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                                                                      Clothed in Righteousness

                                                                      Services include a hot meal, a free clothing closet boutique, hygiene, a bag of food for homeless individuals, an emergency box of food for housed individuals or families, and supplies for anyone homeless staying outdoors or in their vehicle.

                                                                      No identification is required or appointment. Expect a small wait due to how busy we might be.

                                                                      55 East Main
                                                                      Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                      Phone: (330) 501-8262
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                                                                      Perry Helping Perry

                                                                      A community-based organization that exists to provide needed support for Perry residents

                                                                      Food pantry, clothing, school supplies and more

                                                                      Phone: (330) 737-1281
                                                                      Learn more

                                                                      Canton City Health Department

                                                                      Helping to prevent the spread of disease, promote healthy practices and protect the health of Canton City residents.

                                                                      • Programs: 
                                                                        • Request Narcan Kit via mail by submitting form here.
                                                                        • WIC
                                                                          • Effective March 16, Canton City WIC services are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Click here for details. **At this time, infants and children do not need to be present in our office when staff issue food benefits to your WIC Card.*
                                                                        • Nursing Division 
                                                                          • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Clinic
                                                                          • Childhood Immunization Clinic
                                                                          • International Travel Clinic
                                                                        • THRIVE
                                                                          • Pregnant?
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                                                                      YWCA Alliance

                                                                      We improve Alliance area women’s lives, stand up for justice, and strengthen communities with a focus on three impact areas: equipping youth, economic stability and advancement and senior nutrition and health

                                                                      Provides transitional housing for women, a clothing boutique, employment and transportation assistance, youth programs, and Meals on Wheels for the senior community

                                                                      239 East Market St.
                                                                      Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                      Phone: (330) 823-1840
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                                                                      Salvation Army of Alliance

                                                                      Serving the Alliance community:

                                                                      • Hot meal program
                                                                      • Food pantries
                                                                      • Clothing
                                                                      • Shelters
                                                                      • Rent assistance
                                                                      • Utility assistance
                                                                      • Programs for adults and youth
                                                                      • Holiday/Christmas assistance – visit to apply
                                                                      57 West Main St.
                                                                      Alliance, OH 44601
                                                                      Phone: (330) 823-5188
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                                                                      Salvation Army of Canton

                                                                      Serving the Canton community:

                                                                      Hot meal program
                                                                      Food pantries
                                                                      Rent assistance
                                                                      Utility assistance
                                                                      Programs for adults and youth


                                                                      420 Market Ave. S
                                                                      Canton, OH 44702
                                                                      Phone: (330) 453-0158
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                                                                      Salvation Army of Massillon

                                                                      Serving the Massillon community:

                                                                      • Hot meal program
                                                                      • Food pantries
                                                                      • Clothing
                                                                      • Shelters
                                                                      • Rent assistance
                                                                      • Utility assistance
                                                                      • Programs for adults and youth
                                                                      • Holiday/Christmas assistance – visit to apply
                                                                      315 6th St. NE
                                                                      Massillon, OH 44646
                                                                      Phone: (330) 833-6473
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                                                                      Refuge of Hope

                                                                      Providing meals, clothing, and medical care for men, women, and children
                                                                      Also provides shelter to homeless men – call the Stark County Homeless Hotline 330-452-4363

                                                                      715 2nd St.
                                                                      Canton, OH 44704
                                                                      Phone: (330) 453-1785
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                                                                      CommQuest Massillon

                                                                      Addiction and mental health counseling, psychiatric services, case management, family housing, male residential addiction treatment, driver intervention program

                                                                      Learn more

                                                                      Catholic Charities

                                                                      Emergency rent and utility assistance for Stark County residents: call Monday – Friday between 9 and 10 a.m.

                                                                      Through tangible assistance and other essential services, Catholic Charities affirms human dignity, meets basic human needs, strengthens families, builds communities, and empowers others to transform their lives.

                                                                      800 Market Ave. N
                                                                      Suite 1150
                                                                      Canton, OH 44702
                                                                      Phone: (330) 491-0896
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                                                                      Stark County Job & Family Services

                                                                      Report child abuse: 330-455-KIDS / 1-800-233-5437

                                                                      Partner with our customers, community and other service providers to protect children and vulnerable adults, stabilize and strengthen families, and encourage self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.

                                                                      • Cash assistance
                                                                      • Food assistance
                                                                      • Medicaid & Medical
                                                                      • Non-emergency transportation – Transportation to and from Medicaid-qualified appointments, including doctor visits, dental visits, vision appointments and more.
                                                                      • Child care services
                                                                      • Work experience program –
                                                                      221 3rd St. SE
                                                                      Canton, OH 44702
                                                                      Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                      Toll free: 1 (888) 698-6893
                                                                      Local: (330) 452-4661
                                                                      TDD: (330) 451-8879
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