“Caring for Each Other”
Having undertaken to feed the hungry just over two years ago, Our Community Hunger Center is making a real difference in our Twinsburg, Ohio community and surrounding areas. We opened our facility at 9733 Ravenna Road right off the square in downtown Twinsburg and began introducing ourselves to the community in May 2013. Over 2,200 individuals, businesses, churches, schools, and student groups have partnered with us to care for our hungry neighbors since then.
In 2014, our first full year of operations, we provided a seven-day supply of nutritious, non-expired, non-perishable food to 1,959 of our hungry neighbors. In 2015, we provided a seven-day supply of non-perishable food to 3,697 individuals, an 88% increase over the number served in 2014. Over 85% of total donations made to Our Community Hunger Center is returned to the community in the form of assistance delivered directly to our clients.
The good news for 2015, through the generosity of several local food retailers and wholesalers, we were able to offer our clients fresh bread and baked goods on a daily basis, and fresh organic fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. Our clients also benefit from weekly donations from a local pizzeria, and from donations of soup made from scratch by a local entertainment facility. We have been able to cultivate relationships with several freight companies who now call us to donate excess freight. These relationships with freight companies have resulted in donations of large quantities of pepperoni, sausage, olive loaf, chicken nuggets, seasoned chicken patties, individual pastries, cookie dough, and, most recently, TWO TONS of spaghetti squash!
Both our annual Thanksgiving "Share the Harvest" Program and our Christmas "Adopt-a-Family" Program were a smashing success! With extremely generous support from local residents and businesses, we were able to provide traditional holiday meals with all the trimming for 85 families at Thanksgiving and for 120 families at Christmas. Moreover, we were able to provide Chirstmas gifts for over 150 of our children, who may otherwise have woken up on Christmas morning to find Santa had missed their homes.
We are an independent non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity and rely entirely on public support. We thank our current donors and ask for their continued support. We ask new donors to contribute their time, talent, and treasure. We welcome volunteers, especially students who need service hours. If you have not joined the fight against hunger, consider yourself invited!
WE HAVE BEGUN PLANNING FOR OUR ANNUAL EASTER PROGRAM, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP! We seek families, businesses, and others who will sponsor a less fortunate family for a ham or turkey Easter dinner with all of the classic side dishes and desserts. We will also provide each of these families with a seven-day supply of food to assist them throughout the month. Gift bags filled with candy and small gifts will be given to all of our children age 11 and under. The cost to sponsor a family of four for our Easter program is $100. Please call or email for details on how you can help.
Not to worry! If you cannot sponsor a family on your own for our
Easter program, we will pair you up with another
sponsor so that two or three sponsors together can make the holiday
joyous for a local family.