Where to Find Food and Meals for Thanksgiving

By Allyson Rey on October 17, 2022

Updated 11.2023

For some families struggling with poverty and hunger, Thanksgiving can be a difficult holiday.  If you are dealing with food insecurity, need help with the expense of purchasing the needed ingredients for a special meal or are struggling with high medical bills, low wages, housing needs or other issues, we have gathered some valuable resources below.

Stark Help Central.com wants to help ensure everyone can enjoy the holiday, especially children.

Food pantries/resources

Ongoing assistance can be found via food pantries, which often put special focus on securing the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal.

Stark Campus of the Akron-Regional Food Bank

The food bank has a Stark County campus, located at 1365 Cherry Ave., NE in Canton. The Stark campus of the Food Bank is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Stark campus food pantry offers fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as shelf-stable pantry items, bread and dairy products. You can even order your food online at OrderAhead.org. Simply create a profile, select “Foodbank Stark Pantry” as your pickup location and choose the Tuesday or Wednesday that works best for you. Find more information here.

If you are in Summit County, check out the Akron-Regional Food Bank, which provides emergency food via 500 food pantries and hot meal sites in the region. It is located at 350 Opportunity Parkway in Akron. You can reach the Akron-Regional Food Bank at 330.535.6900.

Stark County Hunger Task Force

The Stark County Hunger Task Force is another source of food for area families via its emergency food pantry. The emergency food pantry is located at 408 9th Street, SW in Canton.

Monday and Tuesday: 9:15 am to 2:35 pm
Wednesday: 9:15 am to 3:35 pm
Thursday and Friday: 9:15 am to 1:35 pm
We are closed on all major holidays and when the Goodwill campus is closed.

The Emergency Food Pantry operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a set number of appointment times each day. Appointments can be obtained upon entrance of the Community Campus Building.

Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown

For more than 30 years, Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown has donated turkeys, with the help of united faith communities and civic organizations. This is an all-volunteer effort to provide families with food on Thanksgiving. There are a variety of times and places to register for your Thanksgiving basket. Find all the information to register here.

Look for more information online about free Thanksgiving meals as the holiday nears.

Locations for food and holiday meals

St. Barbara Food Pantry

In Massillon, the St. Barbara’s Food Pantry offers groceries at 2813 Lincoln Way, NW in Massillon. They can be reached at 330.833.6898. They also offer Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner food vouchers to be used at a local grocery store.

Refuge of Hope

Refuge of Hope at 715 Second Street NE in Canton, offers free, hot, nutritious meals through their meal ministry. They serve lunch every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., with meals served through noon.

Dinner is served every Monday through Friday, doors open at 4:30 and meals are served through 6 p.m.

The Refuge of Hope will serve dinner on Thanksgiving Day, at normal meal time, from 4:30 – 6 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.

CommQuest Samaritans Table

Hot meal service Thursday 11:00am-1:00pm will be served at 627 McKinley Ave NW, Canton Ohio 44703.

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