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Free food pantries, groceries and meals Akron Ohio and Summit County.

Emergency food and groceries are provided by food banks, soup kitchens and pantries in Akron and Summit County Ohio. The leading distribution centers near you, churches, and locations to receive meals, free food, and other support are listed below. There is also a referral number at the bottom of the page. Many of the food pantries near you have limited hours and funding available, so it is usually recommended to call in advance for more details in order to get free food today.

Most of the food pantries in the Summit County region focus on helping the low income, unemployed, working poor, families with children, and seniors, including with Meals on Wheels. Any type of groceries from the centers and other forms of aid will usually be prioritized for them. However most of the centers will rarely, if ever, turn anyone away from receiving assistance.

Volunteers and other staff are at each food pantry. They are committed to providing free food, groceries, and meals to as many people as possible. If they can’t help you meet you need, they will usually refer you to other locations in Summit County, or help you apply for federal government or state of Ohio assistance programs such as SNAP food stamps or WIC. There are other USDA programs that can also be relied on to preventing hunger, such as surplus commodities or free school lunches. Or get free Christmas or Thanksgiving meals in Summit County from a pantry.

Many food pantries will also serve as, or have information on, local thrift stores and clothing closets in Summit County. These can provide items such as clothing vouchers, winter coats, or baby diapers and formula. These services are in addition to any free boxes of groceries passed out.

Akron Bible Church - Agape Storehouse
340 East South Street, Akron, OH 44311. Call (330) 376-5673

Eagle Ministries Chapel
The pantry is at 830 Rood Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319. Call (330) 753-5700
There is a free client choice food pantry. Get fresh or canned meat, dairy, bread, and fruits too. Other goods may be cereal, household cleaning items including soap or detergent and other items.




New Exodus Christian Fellowship Church
The address is 1063 South Arlington Street, Akron, OH 44306. Phone number (234) 678-9823\
There is a free food bank as well as seasonal items, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas meals and small gifts. Get food like Canned tuna or salmon, canned groceries, perishable goods and more.

Street Ministries, Inc.
Location is 490 East South Street, Akron, OH 44311. Main number is (330) 319-1432
Free bag of groceries including meat such as turkey, ribs, ham, steak, chicken and so forth, based on current pricing.

Akron Say No To Dope
A food bank is at 932 Kenmore Boulevard, Akron, OH 44314. Call (234) 678-8238
the goal is to try to encourage healthyliving living, provide basic needs so struggling families get what they need.

Pearl's Pantry
Location is 2095 Romig Road, Akron, OH 44320. For hours, dial (330) 634-3553

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
Main address is 350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 443072234. Dial (330) 535-6900
Another location is at 1365 Cherry Avenue Northeast, Canton, Ohio 44714. Phone - (330) 535-6900
Get everything from groceries to applications to WIC, SNAP food stamps, USDA Commodities, and more. They also help with Meals on Wheels, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and more.

First Baptist Church Of Akron
1670 Shatto Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44313. call (330) 867-2121

Catholic Charities Community Services Of Summit County At Blessed Trinity Parish
Address: 300 East Tallmadge Avenue - Food Pantry
Akron, OH 44310
(330) 475-0321
This non-profit charity is a leading Summit County organization to call for food, financial help, and information on government programs such as WIC and lunches for school kids. Read more on Catholic Charities Akron and Summit County.

Faith United Methodist Church
A pantry and soup kitchen is at 2560 Post Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087. Call (330) 840-0628
There are non-perishable foods and hot meals, including holiday, from a soup kitchen. Boxed Pastas, Beans, baby formula, ensure for the elderly, and maybe free diapers in Summit County, including for single mothers.

South Arlington UMC Food Pantry
A client choice food pantry is at 790 South Arlington Street, Akron, OH 44306. Phone (330) 724-1334

Heart Of Christ Ministries
Location is 347 Stanley Avenue, Barberton, OH 442034139. Call (234) 334-3486
A bag of free groceries, and there may be personal toiletries as well such as toothpaste, soap, and more. Get Cereal, Milk, Juice, spaghetti, liquid nutrition supplements, and fresh fruit and more.





Asian Services In Action
Location is 370 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44304. For information, dial (330) 535-3263
They serve cultural food items as well as fresh produce as well as non-food personal care items in Summit County.

Northfield Presbyterian Church
Location is 7755 South Boyden Road, Northfield, OH 44067. Dial (330) 467-4137

Church Of Our Saviour Episcopal
471 Crosby Street, Akron, Ohio 44302. Phone - (330) 535-9174
There is an emergency food pantry with groceries as well as a soup kitchen.

Salvation Army - Summit County, Maple
190 South Maple Street
Akron, Ohio 44302
Phone - (330) 376-4850
Both this and the Salvation Army mentioned immediately above support Summit County Ohio residents who need help. Food, clothing, meals, perishable items are all provided. Also access housing assistance, such as rent and shelter. There are also free holiday food baskets such as for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. They are a leading social service agency in the area. More details on the Salvation Army in Akron.

  • Salvation Army - Summit County,  Copley Unit At Copley Outreach Center is at Copley, OH 44321
    (330) 376-4850. Call the number above for the Emergency Food Line. Other support may include winter coats or Turkeys at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • Barberton Salvation Army - The social services and pantry address is 560 Wooster Road West
    Barberton, Ohio 44203. Phone (330) 745-2836

    Services include thrift store, holiday meals and gifts, clothing closet, food pantry. In addition, from time to time, may have money to help pay electric bills and housing expenses.
  • Salvation Army - Summit County Romig Road location. Full address is 2207 Romig Road, Akron, Ohio 44320. Call (330) 996-4255

Good Samaritan Hunger Center
There are multiple Good Samaritan Centers in Summit County. They give out free items, or information on USDA programs. Whether dairy, frozen or canned met, produce, or a box of groceries, help is offered. Some non-profits also have Senior Brown Bag or Meals on Wheels for low income elderly or retirees. Or get free household goods like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, napkins and more.

  • Ed Davis Community Center, Food bank location is 930 Perkins Park Dr., Akron, Ohio 44320. Main number 330-864-8520
  • Patterson Park Community Center is at 800 Patterson Avenue, Akron, OH 44310. Call (330) 864-8520
  • Another pantry and soup kitchen is at 380 West Crosier Street, Akron, OH 44311. Main number is (330) 864-8520.

Akron Blind Center
325 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44304
Phone - (330) 253-2555





Akron Urban League
440 Vernon Odom Boulevard
Akron, Ohio 44307
Phone - (330) 434-3101
Helps people regardless of background, race, or income levels. An onsite food pantry is available, as well as free housing counseling and other social service programs.

Arlington Memorial Baptist Church
Church address - 2330 East Market Street
Akron, OH 44312
Call either (330) 733-8311 or (330) 376-4850

Blessed Trinity Parish
300 East Tallmadge Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44310
(330) 376-5144

Celebration Church
Location - 688 Dan Street
Akron, Ohio 44310
(330) 762-7458
Special holiday meals may be served too, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Baskets of perishable food can help during those timeframes.

Christ Is The Answer Ministries
379 East South Street
Akron, OH 44311
(330) 376-1869
A free pantry is on site. The faith based charity also has a soup kitchen for people in poverty and the homeless.

Sarah's House
Food pantry address is 414 Pine Street
Akron, Ohio 44307
(330) 535-7272

LOVE - Most of the assistance is referrals, but the charity may have (from time to time) free boxes of food, diapers, formula, or personal toiletries. Or get information on meat, bread, free hot meals and other goods. . Find assistance from Summit County LOVE INC.

Society of Saint Vincent of Summit County
Location is 93 Kent Street Akron, OH 44305. Phone (330) 252-0035
A faith based, volunteer driven charity. They help the poor, unemployed, single moms, and others. There is a free food pantry for groceries and perishable food. Or get hygiene items like detergent, soap, or feminine product. There is baby supplies, winter clothes, gift cards and other goods

Fish and Loaves Food Pantry
1624 Northmoreland Blvd.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
For distribution hours, call (330) 923-1742
A free food pantry may have Crackers, Soap, spaghetti, peanut butter, bread, dry goods, rice and more. They also help immigrants, inner city residents as well as the jobless among others. Basic needs may also be offered in Summit County.

First Faith Development/First Apostolic Faith
Address is 790 Easter Ave
Akron, Ohio 44307
Phone: (330) 252-0671

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
1350 Virginia Ave.
Akron, OH 44306
Call (330) 773-0999

Word of Life Outreach Center
1878 Killian Rd.
Akron, OH 44312
(330) 256-4129
Assistance programs include a soup kitchen and free food distribution. Volunteers and stores donate groceries to the charity for distribution.

River of Life Assembly of God, Akron Inc.
Soup kitchen and free food pantry is at 772 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd.
Akron, OH 44319
For hours, dial (330) 896-3127

Christ the King Church
1584 Creighton Ave.
Akron, OH 44310
Main phone number is (330) 807-7180
Whether a free hot meal, or box of groceries, they help feed the hungry and low income. There are also Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Easter baskets, Christmas food and more.

The Sanctuary
A food pantry is at 847 Lakewood Ave.
Akron, OH 44314
For hours, dial (330) 745-5277







Faith Temple Church
701 Sylvan Ave.
Akron, OH 44306
(330) 724-6823

Tower of Prayer
Physical address is 1334 Diagonal Rd
Akron, Ohio 44307
(330) 376-0770

Greater Bethel Baptist Church
404 S. Arlington St.
Akron, OH 44306

Immaculate Heart of Mary
1905 Portage Trail
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
(330) 929-8361

St. Paul Holiness COG
745 Wolf Ledges Parkway
Akron, OH 44311
(330) 434-2325

LINKS Community & Family Services
756 Upson St.
Akron, OH 44305
A number of low income programs and social services are offered to the low income. Free food, clothes, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications, and even help preparing healthy meals too.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Get meals or free groceries from the pantry at 50 N Prospect St
Akron, OH 44304
Number is (330) 376-5154

Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron
3300 Morewood Road
Akron, Ohio 44333
(330) 836-2206

Humilty of Mary
575 Dellmar Ave.
Akron, OH 44310
(330) 535-7136

Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation
129 S. Union St.
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 434-0000

Church of Our Savior
471 Crosby St.
Akron, OH 44302
(330) 535-9174

Lakeview Outreach Ministries
211 Third Street NW
Barberton, Ohio 44203
Main number is (330) 753-6661
The charity gives out canned groceries. Find fresh produce, Canned Fruits, infant formula, fruit, Dried or Canned beans and more.

Cornerstone Free Methodist Church
578 Killian Road
Akron, OH 44319
(330) 644-3937





Community Action Agencies
There are several in Summit County. Each of them is focused on helping the poor, low income, and less fortunate. They can refer clients to SNAP food stamps, help them apply for USDA free school lunch programs, and may pass out an emergency box of groceries as well.

Part of the national community action agency program. Tries to help people become self-sufficient over the long term. Provides short term assistance too, such as government surplus food, commodities, and meals. The community action agency offers many programs for the low income and disadvantaged, including free food, referrals to financial assistance (such as rent and heating bills), child care and nutrition programs, and other aid. More on Community Action in Summit County.

  • Akron Summit Community Action - Main office address - 1367 Doty Drive, Akron, OH 44306. Food bank phone - (330) 784-3301
  • Akron Summit Community Action - Barberton center is at 196 South Van Buren Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203. Dial (330) 848-0557.

Faith And Prayer International Outreach Ministries
1461 Aster Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44301
(330) 459-1197
Call for referrals and information on social services. They have a clothing closet, thrift store, food pantry, and other assistance for the needy in Summit County.

Faith Temple Church Of The Living God
Address - 701 Sylvan Avenue
Akron, OH 44306
(330) 724-6823

First Apostolic Faith Church
Location of church - 790 Easter Avenue
Akron, OH 44307
(330) 376-4850 Or (330) 762-9139

First Congregational Church
292 East Market Street
Akron, OH 44308
Call - (330) 253-5109
Food, including fruits, vegetables, milk, and dairy items are passed out in Summit County.

First Presbyterian Church
647 East Market Street
Akron, OH 44304
Phone - (330) 434-5183. Get information and hours.

Forest Hill Community Church
724 Damon Street
Akron, OH 44310
(330) 376-4850 Or (330) 434-8384

Ellet Good Neighbors
Call - (330) 733-1453
A comprehensive assistance program for the low income and needy. They also can offer referrals to a low cost Meal on Wheels service. Or get holiday food boxes, non-perishable items, tuna, bread and other goods. For hours, call (330) 784-1395

  • North Springfield Presbyterian Church. Stop by 2630 Albrecht Road or dial the number below. Akron, OH 44312.
  • Good Neighbors - Main Office, 1453 Goodyear Boulevard . Akron, Ohio 44305

Heart 4 The City
954 Eastland Avenue
Akron, OH 44305
Phone of food pantry - (330) 784-1350

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
50 North Prospect Street
Akron, Ohio 44304
Dial (330) 376-5154 for services.
Food boxes, canned goods like soups and rice, and breads may be offered.

Immaculate Conception Church
2101 17Th Street Southwest
Akron, OH 44314
(330) 376-4850 Emergency Food Line
Bags of groceries for low income families, snacks for children, and other support is available.

Joanne's Pantry
1424 Sprague
Akron, OH 44305
Dial the pantry at (330) 633-3502

Kenmore Community Church Of The Nazarene
Church address 2025 12th Street Southwest. A food bank is on site.
Akron, Ohio 44314
(330) 745-7720

Lakemore United Methodist Church
Location - 1536 Flickinger Road
Akron, OH 44312
(330) 733-6531
Has limited hours. Dial for information.

Living Stone Apostolic Church
587 South Arlington Street
Akron, Ohio 44306
(330) 773-7981
Meals, supplies for babies (formula or diapers) and groceries may be available.

Lockwood United Methodist Church
3680 Manchester Road
Akron, OH 44319
Main Phone - (330) 376-4850. Call the Emergency Food Line for information.

Mature Services
Location is 415 South Portage Path
Akron, OH 44320
(330) 253-4597 Ext. 140
Assistance focuses on senior citizens in the area. Home delivered meals, food, and more.

Middlebury Chapel
82 South Arlington Street
Akron, OH 44306
Call the pantry at (330) 253-1921

Miller Avenue United Church Of Christ
Main site location - 1095 Edison Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44301
(330) 253-2324

Mothers Assisting Mothers
Address: 915 North Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44310
Tele: (330) 606-7104
Free food for families with children. Other support, guidance, and advice are provided too. The charity may also have information on baby formula or free diapers for mothers, including single parents.





Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
401 Robert Street
Akron, Ohio 44306

Mount Olive Food Pantry
1180 Slosson Street
Akron, OH 44320
Phone - (330) 836-5562
Surplus USDA commodities are passed out by volunteers. The food bank can also help people apply for SNAP food stamps or receive personal hygiene items.

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Main church location - 327 Cuyahoga Street
Akron, OH 44310
Call the Emergency Food Line at (330) 376-4850

North Hill Community House
526 North Howard Street
Akron, OH 44310
Phone - (330) 375-5065

Original Church Of God - Akron
Food bank address - 807 Coburn Street
Akron, OH 44311
Telephone: (330) 376-3604

Phillip's Chapel
413 Iroquois Avenue
Akron, OH 44305
(330) 376-4850
Can provide counseling, free meals and groceries, and spiritual guidance.

Saint Bernard - Saint Mary Parish
44 University Avenue
Akron, OH 44308-1609
(330) 376-4850 Emergency Food Line

Saint John's CME Church
1233 South Hawkins Avenue
Akron, OH 44320
(330) 376-4850 Emergency Food Line

Second Baptist Church
690 South Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44311
(330) 762-6879
Free holiday meals are served along with bags of groceries.

Southside Dreams Association
547 Mckinley Avenue
Akron, OH 44311
(330) 786-0295

Tennis Allstars - Main Office
1293 Copley Road
Akron, OH 44320
Call - (330) 338-7697
May have meals for the very low income and homeless. Some programs also focus on helping seniors and the elderly in Akron Ohio. Also has information on the Meals on Wheels program for the homebound.

Trinity United Church Of Christ
Address is 915 North Main Street
Akron, OH 44310
Primary phone number - (330) 376-4850

Unity Holiness Ministries
1019 Harpster Avenue
Akron, OH 44314
Dial - (330) 753-1509

Visitation Of Mary Catholic Church - Service Center
93 Kent Street
Akron, Ohio 44305
(330) 535-4141
Has information on numerous low income assistance programs.

Williard United Church Of Christ
742 Johnston Street
Akron, OH 44306
(330) 253-8583

Word Of Life Outreach Center
Address of food pantry and center is 1878 Killian Road
Akron, Ohio 44312
Main number - (330) 256-4129
Programs include a bag of groceries or personal hygiene goods, such as soap and shampoo. The non-profit helps people of all ages.

Zion Lutheran Church
139 South High Street
Akron, OH 44308
Phone - (330) 253-3136

Barberton Area Community Ministries
Address: 636 Park Avenue West
Barberton, OH 44203
(330) 745-3693
Based on income levels, hot lunches are served. They also have a low cost delivery service for the homebound, such as disabled.

Cornerstone Christian Assembly
1531 Ehle Drive
Barberton, OH 44203
Telephone - (330) 825-1199 Church Office
The church will help people in poverty. Hot meals or free food is offered, including for seniors and the vulnerable in Summit County.

Emmanuel Christian Assembly
925 Hopocan Avenue
Barberton, OH 44203
(330) 825-9603





Green Welfare And Recreation Association
Address - 6233 Redbird Terrace
Clinton, OH 44216
(330) 882-3396

New Destiny Treatment Center
6694 Taylor Road
Clinton, Ohio 44216
(330) 825-5202

Copley Outreach Center
1502 South Cleveland-Massillon Road
Copley, Ohio 44321
(330) 665-3335
Coordinates food programs, shelter, financial assistance, and low income programs. Highly trained case managers are on site and available to help when needed.

Church In The Falls
837 Chestnut Boulevard
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(330) 376-4850 Emergency Food Line

First Christian Church - Cuyahoga Falls Good Neighbors
2253 Third Street
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
(330) 928-8057
The non-profit may have food as well as paper goods, diapers, formula, and cleaning supplies.

United Presbyterian Church
2819 Hudson Drive
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Phone - (330) 376-4850 Emergency Food Line

Ghent Christian Church
Location - 4200 Granger Road
Fairlawn, OH 44333
Call - (330) 376-4850

Greensburg United Methodist Church - Green Good Neighbors
2161 Greensburg Road
Green, Ohio 44232
Call - (330) 899-9880

Faith Fellowship Church
10277 Valley View Road
Macedonia, OH 44056
(330) 467-1234

Emergency Assistance Center
10333 Northfield Road, Unit 74D
Northfield, OH 44067
(330) 467-7945
Refers people faced with a crisis to various local charities, non-profits, assistance programs, and emergency foodstuffs.

The Father's House
Main address is 3428 Wadsworth Road
Norton, OH 44203
(234) 525-2222





Living Hope United Methodist Church
3406 South Hametown Road
Norton, OH 44203
Call (330) 825-7217 to get information on meals and hors of food distribution.

Tallmadge Good Neighbors
74 Community Road
Tallmadge, OH 44278
For hours, dial (330) 633-0154
Staff can direct families to food pantries, or help them apply for SNAP food stamps or WIC.

North American Indian Cultural Center
111 West Avenue
Tallmadge, Ohio 44278
Phone - (330) 724-1280
Native American in Ohio and immediate families’ members can receive food, groceries, school lunches, and other support.

Find free food and meal programs in Summit County

For more information on services in Summit County, call 330-535-6900. There are many other free food pantries near you that can help in an emergency. Or families can learn about government programs such as USDA Commodities, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and many others.

By Jon McNamara

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