Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Hosts Community Picnic on Site of Future Canton Location
In late July, the
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
welcomed more than 350 individuals to a community picnic on the property the Foodbank purchased on the corner of Cherry Avenue and 14th Street in Canton. Guests enjoyed a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by Skyland Pines while learning more about future plans for the site.
Foodbank staff members were excited to share the Foodbank’s vision for a new facility with nearby neighbors, and were appreciative of Canton City Council Woman Brenda Kimbrough, State Representative Thomas West and Canton City Health Commissioner Jim Adams who also came to show their support.
Leading up to the event, Foodbank staff members canvassed the neighborhood inviting people to the picnic and conducted surveys with local residents to gather their opinions on what could be included in the Foodbank’s plans. Residents seemed enthusiastic about the Foodbank’s impending arrival and were eager to offer more ideas while mingling with staff at the picnic.
In addition to sharing their vision of closing the Meal Gap in their service area, nearly 200 families took home groceries through the food distribution made available.