Ways You Can Serve With Stark Blessing Box Initiative:
The simplest and easiest way to support SBBI and our community is to donate non-perishable foods and other non-food essentials.
You are welcome to place items into any box at any time. If you have more than a few items to contribute at a given time, you may want to arrange a time to deliver items to us and we will distribute them as we know boxes have need.
Non-Perishable Food Items
Preferably with pull tops.
- Ravioli/pasta of any kind
- Meat (tuna, salmon, chicken, dried beef, etc)
- Pasta sauce
- Sloppy joe sauce
- Side dishes
- Seasonings and seasoning mixes
- Hamburger or tuna helper
- Condiments – any and all
We will take 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 portion out differently sized items.
- Cleaning supplies
- Toilet paper
- Laundry pods
- Trash bags
- Goods similar in purpose
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Body wash and bar soap
- Feminine hygiene products
- Hand soap
- Baby wash
- Baby lotion
We often purchase food to help supplement boxes when donations are slim.
If you are in a financial position to sponsor a box, you can donate online through PayPal. We welcome one-time and recurring donations.
Our box maintenance volunteers are generally assigned a specific box (or boxes) they check 2-3 times a week. They restock the box as needed with donations from our central location, and make sure the box and immediately surrounding area are kept organized and clean.
We are in need of individuals willing to donate their time and talents to building durable Blessing Boxes that can stand up to Ohio weather — and provide plenty of storage space for food.
If you have the talents or desire to build a box, let us know! We’ll work with you to get the materials needed to create a box; you’re welcome to contribute your own materials too. We have a blueprint you’re welcome to work from, or you can create your own design from raw materials or a repurposed item.
Sponsor Box Materials
That old wooden cabinet or shelving you have collecting dust might great to repurpose into a brand new Blessing Box. If you’d like to donate materials, or money towards materials, for a box we are glad to accept it.
Our goal is to place 21 boxes by our two-year anniversary in September 2021.
Connect Us With a Potential Host
If you or someone you know has a suggestion for a Blessing Box location, let us know.
Boxes must be placed on a willing owner’s property; we are not allowed to place boxes on public property.
We do need a point of contact in order to initiate a box placement proposal. It is advantageous if you know the property owner and can introduce us. Having a personal connection always makes the idea of box placement easier.
An Ideal Box Location Would:
- Be visible from the roadway
- Have a safe space for cars to pull off the road to access the box
- Be in a known area of food insecurity or a food desert