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Portage and Geauga County food pantries.

Assistance is available from food pantries across the counties of Geauga and Portage County. There are non-profit agencies as well as charities that offer support such as meals, groceries, clothing, and other aid. Some of the primary food banks and soup kitchens in the area are below.

The programs focus on helping low income families. Not only may a client receive a free box of food from a pantry, but many offer other services too. There may be personal hygiene items, clothing, baby formula, school supplies, and Thanksgiving or free Christmas meals or toys. Social workers on site will often help residents of counties such as Portage apply for SNAP food stamps or WIC vouchers as well.

So the resources available from the non-profits are extensive. Volunteers who work at the food pantries are focused on ending huger.

Friendship Alliance Church
Address is 19126 Ravenna Rd.
Auburn Twp., Ohio 44023
Phone - (440) 834-0955
A free food pantry is on site for Geauga County families.

Geauga County Hunger Task
This is a regional organization that has many non-profits and churches that are part of it. Free food, hot meals, holiday assistance programs and more are offered. The staff will also help families in poverty apply for food stamps or summer meals for their child. There are canned and dry food items, toiletries and cleaning products, among others.

  • Chagrin Falls Park Community Center, 7060 Woodland Ave., Bainbridge Twp., Ohio 44023, dial (440) 247-6030
  • Newbury United Community Church - 14916 Auburn Rd., Newbury Twp., OH 44065, (440) 564-5991
  • Burton Congregational Church, 14558 West Park, Burton Twp., OH 44021, dial (440) 834-4495
  • Pilgrim Christian Church, 202 South Hambden St., Chardon, Ohio 44024, phone (440) 285-8791
  • Christ Presbyterian Church, 12419 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, Ohio 44026, call (440) 729-1688




  • First United Methodist Church Of Middlefield, 14999 S State St., Middlefield Village, OH 44062, telephone (440) 632-0480
  • Grace Lutheran Church (Thompson) - 8091 Plank Rd., Thompson Twp., OH 44086, dial (440) 298-3822

Bainbridge Area Food For Friends
17826 Chillicothe Rd.
Chagrin Falls Twp., OH 44023
Telephone - (440) 708-9829

Parkman Congregational Church
18265 Madison Rd.
Parkman Twp., OH 44080
Main number is (440) 548-4829
Up to 3 days worth of food as well as meals may be served.

St. Joseph - Randolph/Suffield/Atwater Food Shelf
2643 Waterloo Rd.
St. Joseph Church
Randolph, OH 44265
(330) 297-4636
The location supports Portage County. Appointments are needed up to 2 weeks in advance is order to use the food bank.

Catholic Charities Serving Portage County
Address is 206 W Main St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Dial - (330) 297-7745
Social services range from Meals on Wheels to boxes of food or groceries.

Church Of Christ Ravenna
Location - 3897 Summit Rd.
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
(330) 296-3637
Emergency food, including holiday baskets. The church may also have clothing or blankets for the homeless as well as other support.

Family And Community Services - Center Of Hope Pantry
Address is 1081 W Main St.
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
(330) 297-5454





Salvation Army Center For Worship And Service
Address is 268 W Main St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
(330) 296-7371
A food pantry and low cost thrift store is on site. The non-profit may also have financial aid for bills or rent along with shelter and free school supplies. The Angel Tree program may also have gifts.
Another site is at 251 W Spruce St., Ravenna, OH 44266. Dial the office at (330) 296-7371.

Winfield Church Of God In Christ
Address is 6595 Winfield St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Main phone - (330) 296-5880
Emergency food is available.

Streetsboro Christian Cupboard of Portage County
Address is 9307 State Rte. 43
McMichaels Professional Building
Streetsboro, OH 44241
Main phone - (330) 626-3244

Streetsboro Church Of Christ
Location is 1386 Russell Dr.
Streetsboro, OH 44241
Telephone number is (330) 626-4282
Assistance includes a bag of groceries or delivery to a senior. Personal hygiene items, baby formula, and other food boxes are offered.

Streetsboro United Methodist Church
Address is 8940 State Rte. 43
Streetsboro, Ohio 44241
Telephone - (330) 626-2239
Limited Thanksgiving and Christmas meals may also be offered from the pantry.

Lifepoint Church Of Atwater
Address is 6498 Waterloo Rd.
Atwater, Ohio 44201
For hours of the pantry, dial (330) 947-2259

Family And Community Services - Kent Social Services
1066 S Water St.
Kent, OH 44240
Telephone - (330) 673-6963
Applications to SNAP food stamps in Ohio, WIC or Women, Infants, and Children, USDA supplies and other grants are offered. They may also help with heating bills and other needs.

Riverwood Community Chapel
Location - 1407 Fairchild Ave.
Kent, OH 44240
Telephone: (330) 678-7000

Trinity Lutheran Church
600 S Water St.
Kent, OH 44240
Main phone - (330) 673-5445




Palmyra United Methodist Church
Address - 3968 State Rte. 225
Diamond, Ohio 44412
Phone - (330) 654-2396
Supports Portage County low income families.

Brimfield Community Cupboard
1235 Tallmadge Rd.
Brimfield Township, OH 44240
(330) 673-7597

Renaissance Family Center
9005 Wil-Verne Dr.
Windham, OH 44288
Dial (330) 326-6133
This is part of the regional Salvation Army program. Meals on Wheels as well as school supplies, clothing, and free boxes of food are from the pantry. They also have financial support for families in poverty that are employed.

For information on other government supported food programs or non-profit pantries in the region, dial 330.535.6900. There are other resources for tackling hunger in Geauga, including charities, as well as food banks in Portage County.


By Jon McNamara













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