Merry Christmas 2016


2016 at Helping Hands has been our busiest year ever!  I would like to share some of the highlights of our year…..

  • Our food pantry provided food to an average of 660 individuals per month in 2016.  This is 113 per month more than our 2015 average!!  Our highest month was November with 815 served. The average number of children each month in 2016 was 209.
  • We distributed 186,765.91 pounds of food in 2016!  This figure includes 25,912 pounds of fresh produce.  We spent $48 of HHN money on food, both at the Food Bank and local retailers.  Our cost per pound was $.08 (this amount factors in the $450 we receive each month from Stark County Hunger Task Force)
  • Helping Hands continues to strive to offer a variety of nutritious food to our neighbors in need and gently used clothing to anyone who wants to come and shop!  We also organized giveaways of Easter Candy, School Supplies and Christmas presents for our children.
  • Student volunteers from SVHS  bagged our donated Easter candy and we passed it out to 125 area children.  School supplies provided by our community were given to 126 children and extra supplies were taken to SV schools and St James School.  236 children received Christmas presents given by our community.
  • Helping Hands applied for and received a $10,000 grant from the Deuble Foundation towards the purchase of a new-to-us truck.  The truck was purchased from Sarchione Ford and replaced our VERY used 2003 Ford van, which had over 265,000 miles on it and was becoming unsafe for our drivers to drive due to rust and wear. covered the cost of the “new to us” truckWe can now transport a larger quantity of food in a much safer vehicle. The larger van has enabled us to cut down on the number of trips we make to the Food Bank in Akron as we can transport so much more food.
  • Helping Hands receives an annual inspection from the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank.  This inspection involves evaluating our food storage areas, record keeping and overall operation of the food program.  We had our 2016 inspection on May 26 and were found to be in 100% compliance.  This is due to the tremendous work of our volunteers who work daily to make our food pantry the best it can be!
  • HHN has 29 volunteers who make this all happen.  If you would like to be part of our team- please contact me! We can always use the help!!

Our center could not continue to exist without the support of our community.  We strive to be excellent financial stewards of the support entrusted to us.  Should you ever have questions about our operation or financial records, please do not hesitate to contact me as our records are open for your review.