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Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Stark Blessing Box Initiative begin?

Our first box was placed in September 2019. As of February 2021, we have placed 13 boxes. We are excited to keep growing this number.

Are there any boxes more often in need of replenishment?

Yes! BB2 at Beacon Academy on Garfield Ave and BB3 at Church of God Worship Center on Harrison Ave are high traffic areas that see a lot of item turnover.

The first and last week of the month are consistently busier than mid-month.

I only have a few items to contribute presently. Is it even worth it?

Yes! Every single item donated has value to the person who takes it. Just a few items can be the difference between a family eating a meal that day, or going hungry because other bills were due and there was nothing left over to purchase groceries.

How do I drop off my donations?

If you have just a few items to contribute to a box, you may place items directly into any box at your convenience.

If you have an entire box (or more) of donations to share with SBBI, we encourage you to make an appointment to drop off items to Mai and she will make sure they are distributed.

I have a very large quantity of an item or items. Will you accept bulk quantity donations?

Yes, we are happy to accept items that come in bulk. If you have bulk items, we strongly encourage you to schedule a drop-off with Mai.

Any bulk items we receive we prefer to break down into smaller portions as our goal is to get families through a short period of time (generally a few days). Smaller individual quantities allow us to serve more households with their interim needs.

What kinds of food can I put in a Blessing Box?

Canned Items

Preferably with pull tops.

  • Fruit
  • Soup
  • Ravioli/pasta of any kind
  • Meat (tuna, salmon, chicken, dried beef, etc)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Sloppy joe sauce

Dry Goods

  • Cereal
  • Side dishes
  • Seasonings and seasoning mixes
  • Hamburger or tuna helper
  • Condiments – any and all
Can I contribute items besides food in a Blessing Box?
Yes!

Household goods

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry pods
  • Trash bags
  • Goods similar in purpose

Personal Hygiene

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Body wash and bar soap
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hand soap
  • Lotion

Baby Items

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby wash
  • Baby lotion

Portioning Needs

Any and all sizes of bags: snack, sandwich, quart or gallon.
In the event we are given bulk quantities of an item, we prefer to break it into smaller quantities in order to serve more families as they have need; having a variety of bags allows us to do this.

What are the future goals for Stark Blessing Box Initiative?

We would love to be up to 21 boxes placed by our two-year anniversary, September 2021.

More strategically, we would like to see our boxes more equally dispersed throughout Canton as the number of placed boxes continues to grow.

Longer term, we would like our boxes to be a blessing throughout all of Stark County.

Is Stark Blessing Box Initiative a nonprofit?

Currently, SBBI is a passion project by Maiharriese Wooden, and those who choose to contribute their time, talents, and resources to create and stock boxes with food and goods for the Stark County community. SBBI does not currently hold any legal nonprofit organization status, but may in the future.