1 in every 5 children in Stark County
don’t know when their next meal might be.
According to the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank, 14.2% of Stark County’s population are food insecure. 20.5% of the children in Stark County are food insecure.
This fact astounds me.
In order to address this need, I felt a call placed on my heart to begin the Stark Blessing Box Initiative. A Blessing Box is an outdoor cabinet, in a public place, that is stocked with non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, baby supplies, and anything else that might be considered a blessing to someone in need. Items are anonymously donated, and anonymously received. A very simple rule applies: Take what you need, leave what you can.
Since September 2019, SBBI has placed seven boxes. We have a goal of placing 21 boxes by September 2021. Will you join me in being a part of this incredible way of supporting our community?
Stark County Blessing Box Initiative exists to:
Drastically reduce food insecurity by distributing non-perishable goods
Guide at-risk community members to available resources
Educate individuals about the need in our neighborhoods