Hello! We are Rural Relief Mobile Food Pantry located in Portage County, Ohio. Many in our community lack a basic need—FOOD.
Common effects of hunger are:
Serious health complications when people are forced to choose between spending money on food, medicine or medical care
Damage to a child’s ability to learn and grow
Difficult decisions for seniors, often living on fixed incomes, such as choosing between paying for food and critical healthcare
People living in rural areas often experience hunger at higher levels and face unique challenges due to lack of transportation and limited to no local access to food banks, food pantries or grocery stores.
In 2019, 13% of all people in rural areas lived below the poverty line compared to 10% of people in urban areas (these numbers have no doubt increased due to COVID-19). 33% of Portage County’s population lives in rural areas.
According to Feeding America, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, 1 in 5 people (1 in 4 children) living in Portage County go without regular access to food.
Our mission is to address hunger in rural Portage County, Ohio by providing a no-cost mobile food pantry to underserved communities.
We are a network partner of the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank and coordinate with local townships and school districts to identify those in need. We visit these communities in need every other week.
Your donation will help us provide a basic need to struggling individuals and families, keeping them from having to choose between eating and other basic needs.
The communities that will benefit from your support include but are not limited to: Atwater; Charlestown; Deerfield; Garrettsville; Randolph; Rootstown; Shalersville and Windham.
Your donation of $50 will cover the costs to secure, package and transport enough food to feed 20 families, but no donation is too small and every contribution is greatly appreciated.
*We are a recognized 501(c)3 organization, your contribution is tax deductible