Our History

Community Harvest was created through the combined and diligent efforts of the members of the Stark County Hunger Task Force, the Tri-County Restaurant Association and other concerned members of the community. Its aim was to increase the involvement of the restaurant and food service industry by collecting excess prepared and perishable food and donating it to community groups serving the homeless and hungry.

Our inception began in October 1989, after the Ohio Code was revised to include 2305.37 and 2305.38. This code protects food donors from liability.

       Facts About Community Harvest

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  • Began with three sites serving 100 meals per month.
  • Our operating expenses are minimal because our mission is executed by a team of volunteers and a staff of only one to run the office
  • We are a non-profit 501c3 organization
  • This means that any financial donations we receive go directly to our delivery of food to those in need
  • A donation of $10 will serve 100 meals; A donation of $25 will serve 250 meals; A donation of $100 will serve 1000 meals
  • Community Harvest is supported by the local food industry, grocery stores, hospitals, churches, schools and various other donors.
  • Refrigerated truck is used to transport all deliveries.
  • Liability protection under Ohio Revised Code 2305.37 and 2305.38.
  • Businesses may receive a tax benefit for food donations. (Consult tax advisor)