Each week, the First Congregational Church of Akron (First Church) Food Pantry ministry provides a distribution of groceries to people in need — individuals and families of varying sizes and backgrounds — on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 am, at 292 East Market Street, Akron.
“We recognize that there are many families in the Akron area that are feeling the effects of the government shutdown,” pointed out Pastor Nanette Pitt. “Our Food Pantry is open to all in the community that need a hand, be it for one month or for longer periods of time. If you are a government worker and are having trouble feeding your family, we encourage you to visit us during our Food Pantry hours and allow us to give you a hand during this uncertain time.”
The First Church pantry is designed to empower people to choose items they would like from groups with quantity limits by family size. People experiencing food insecurity may visit once per calendar month and receive food for nine meals per family member.
Our volunteer-run Food Pantry operates in association with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and runs on support from grants, government funding, the harvest from the Feed My Sheep Garden, and donations from our generous congregation and friends in the wider community
The distribution of food through food pantries is one way to reduce the meal gap, which is the difference between the number of meals that are needed by members of the community and the number of meals they can access. In 2018, the First Church Food Pantry provided food for more than 100,000 meals to members of the community.