Our Community Hunger Center, Inc.
“Caring For Each Other”
Our Community Hunger Center’s 2018 Annual Report
Our mission is to provide emergency food assistance, personal hygiene items, paper products, household supplies, and clothing to residents living in Northern Summit, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Portage Counties.
Our vision is simple, but basic: to treat everyone needing assistance as we would treat one of our family members in need. Our goal is to provide our clients each month with a seven-day supply of nutritious food, personal hygiene items, and paper and household supplies. We have regular quantities of a variety of meat, chicken, dairy, fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, rolls, and baked goods to distribute to our recipients. Through the generosity of local retailers and restaurants, we are at times able to provide fried chicken, pizza, and soup. We assist individuals and families for as long as there is a need.
After providing emergency food assistance to those in need for over 20 years from several locations in Nordonia Hills we decided to start from scratch and in May 2013 we opened Our Community Hunger Center at 9733 Ravenna Road just off the square in downtown Twinsburg. Thanks to the over 3000 individuals, businesses, churches, schools, and student groups who have partnered with us 25,546 local residents have received a 7-day supply of nutritious food...the equivalent of nearly 536,000 meals. These results do not include the countless individuals blessed by our daily institutional bread program made possible by the kindness of Giant Eagle and Costco. Also not included are the nearly 1200 area-residents who participate in our Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Programs.
Our remarkable growth continues! In 2018 we have provided a 7-day supply of food & hygiene items to 6427 individuals, a monthly average of 535 individuals. This is a 73.84% increase over the 3697 we helped just 3 short years ago. Because of the generosity of stores like Giant Eagle and Costco, those we provide a 7-day monthly supply of food are also able to visit the center daily for bread and fresh produce, when in season. When including these repeat daily visits, we serve an average of 1480 local residents every month-the equivalent of 170,774 meals annually. This is significantly more than any other area food pantry. Of those we served, 5826 were seniors over 60 and 3843 were youngsters under 18. There were 253 new families in 2018. Our Community Hunger Center relies solely on community support. We receive no federal or state funding.
Because we are a "Choice Pantry" member agency of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank those we assist are able to select from a wide choice of food options. These include meat, poultry, vegetables, fruit and bread and bakery. In addition to these benefits we are the only Twinsburg based food pantry that provides a 7-day supply of food each month to those who qualify. Other pantries provide only a 3-day supply of food each month. For those recipients who are homebound, we gladly deliver their needed food to them. We are the only Twinsburg food pantry available every weekday from 9:00-4:00 to help our neighbors in need. Being a member of the food bank gives us access to some food items at subsidized prices.
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.
The following is an overview of OCHC income and expenses for 2018:
Total Revenue: $965,034.00
Total Expenses: $949,441.00
Total Program Expenses: $821,685.00
Total Assets: $54,159.00
Director or Board member List (6):
Karen McLaren, President
Carol Robinson, Executive Director and Trustee
William McLaren, Secretary, Treasurer
Terry Piteo, Director of Operations and Trustee
Jane Voelker, Trustee
Joanna Sokolowski, Trustee