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The Salvation Army’s approach to feeding the hungry is formed based on the local needs of each community we serve.
No one should ever go a day without a meal or feel ashamed about asking for help. That’s why many of our locations provide hot meals and free groceries year-round to anyone who needs them. For home-bound seniors, some areas even offer grocery delivery services.
Red Shield Food Pantry
Our Red Shield Pantry is a collaborative program with the Akron-Canton Foodbank which began in 2005 at our East Akron Location. This Direct Distribution of Food program—open to anyone--is now located at The Salvation Army at 2207 Romig Road, Akron, and is held every second Wednesday of the month (except December). Doors open around 9:30 AM followed by the distribution of foodstarting at 10:00 AM. Our number is 330-762-8481
At our main facility located at 190 S. Maple Street in Akron we provide food assistance on an emergency basis Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday through referral and by appointment. Referrals are made by Info Line which is a centralized intake process for Summit County. Information on eligibility is available at 330-376-4850. Families and individuals are able to select their own food choices to meet their specific household needs.
Hot Meals Program
A hot meal is served daily Monday through Thursday, at the following locations. Meals are OPEN TO ALL. Sites are closed on holidays.
- The Salvation Army - Akron (190 S. Maple Street, Akron) - 11:00 AM - Noon.
- The Salvation Army - Barberton (560 Wooster Road, Barberton) -11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
- Patterson Park Community Center (800 Patterson Avenue, Akron) - Currently Serving Monday-Thursday 11:00 AM - Noon
- Summit Lake Community Center (380 W. Croiser Street, Akron) - Will reopen on June 29. Serving Monday-Thursday 11:30 AM - Noon.