About Us

Our Mission

The primary objective of the Helping Hands Network is to provide a helping hand to those in need throughout the Sandy Valley Local School District community.

Hours of Operation

We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM to 11:30 AM and from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.
NOTE: you must check-in by 11:15 AM / 2:15 PM to be served that day. Picture ID required.

What We Provide

Our main area of service is providing food through a Choice Food Pantry to those who meet the USDA income guidelines for food assistance. We also have an extensive selection of gently used clothing available for all ages.

Receive Our Services

Would you like to receive our services? Be sure to double check if you meet our Household Eligibility Guidelines. Use the following link: USDA income guidelines

Our History

The Helping Hands Network was established in 1983 as the Sandy Valley Community Center, serving residents in the East Sparta, Magnolia, Sandyville, and Waynesburg communities. The center began in a house located at 122 Main Street in Waynesburg. Seven years ago, HHN moved into the former Waynesburg United Methodist Church at 126 S. Main Street. Helping Hands is governed by an eight-member board of directors. Our staff members include program director Becky Larson as well as a staff of 22 dedicated volunteers.

Help Us Serve

Want to help us serve? Be sure to check out our blog below for the latest on how you can help us in our mission!

Latest News


I ran across this article in The Reader’s Digest called “The Gift of Food”.  I copied it and had everyone at HHN read it.  We thought maybe you would enjoy it too.

There are those in our culture who subscribe to the notion that the only people who come to a food pantry are those that are looking for a handout.  We here at HHN can tell you otherwise.  This article focuses on that.  I invite you to be open to the fact that we do not always know the entire circumstances of someone else’s situation.  Before we jump on the judgment train,  let us remember that we too could find ourselves in need.  Thank goodness there are those in our community who heed the call to help others.  If you have never worried about where your next meal will come from consider how fortunate you are and remember there but for the grace of God…

Follow the link below to the article “The Gift of Food”.

This Woman’s Innocent Comment About Food Donations Says a Lot About Poverty in America

Published: March 29, 2017

HHN is collecting EASTER CANDY

Helping Hands Network is collecting bags of individually wrapped Easter Candy for area children.  If you would like to donate a bag or two please drop your candy off to Helping Hands at 126 S. Main St., Waynesburg between 9-11:30 AM or 1:00-2:30 PM any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between now and March 30.  The candy will be packaged by students from Sandy Valley High School and distributed to local children.  Thank you for your generous support.

Published: February 22, 2017

Helping Hands VIDEO!!!

Helping Hands is very pleased to present an informational video about our operation.  Andrew Anthony of Down the Road Productions spent a day filming our operation at HHN and the Akron Canton FoodBank.  If you have ever wondered about how it all occurs at Helping Hands,  I invite you to take a look.   We are so proud of our volunteers who give of their time and energy to carry out our mission to alleviate hunger in the Sandy Valley area.   Thank you Andrew and Down the Road Productions for your excellent work!  We hope you enjoy our video!!


To view the video, follow the link below:


Published: February 9, 2017

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.



Published: December 15, 2016

Thinking of making a Holiday Donation?

As we begin thinking about the upcoming Holiday season often times making donations comes to mind.  I would like to invite you to consider Helping Hands Network as your recipient this year.  For every dollar donated to HHN we can provide approximately 12 meals. Our families receive healthy, nutritious food which includes fresh fruits and vegetables.

Having adequate funding enables us to purchase the lowest cost food when it is available from the food bank.  We have been very successful in dropping our cost per pound of food from 27 cents in 2014 to 6.6 cents currently.  This means that we are able to provide more for our neighbors.  Here is a list of what a family of four would be eligible to choose from our shelves:

  • 24 oz ranch salad dressing
  • 12 oz mustard
  • 6 oz coffee
  • 64 oz grapefruit juice
  • 10 -15 oz can vegetables
  • 3-15 oz can fruits
  • 2-10 oz can soup
  • 1 # box crackers
  • 2- 15 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 2- 15 oz can beans
  • 4 boxes of macaroni and cheese
  • 1# bag egg noodles
  • 1# spaghetti
  • 1# elbow pasta
  • 2# pinto beans
  • 3-1# boxes cereal
  • 24 oz can beef stew
  • 15 oz jar peanut butter
  • 12 oz jar jelly
  • 5 cans of canned pasta
  • 18 oz jar peanut butter and jelly
  • 26 oz can chicken broth
  • croutons
  • 5 oz can of chicken
  • 24 oz box shelf stable milk
  • package of cookies
  • a bottle of Gatorade for everyone in the family
  • bag  of sunflower seeds
  • 12 oz bag of chips
  • 1 doz. eggs
  • 10 # bag of potatoes
  • 5# bag of apples
  • 1# ham lunchmeat
  • 8 oz shredded cheese
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • 1 # hot dogs
  • gnocchi frozen meal
  • 12 cinnamon rolls
  • 2# frozen blueberries
  • 2-1/2 # ham slices
  • bread

This is approximately 75 pounds of food- which we provide for $4.95.   For comparison…. the retail value would be in the $192.75 range.

Helping Hands is most grateful for our supportive community!  We strive to be excellent financial stewards of all donations entrusted to us.   If you ever have any questions about our financial records, please do not hesitate to contact me- our records are always open for your review.  Thank you for considering Helping Hands when choosing an organization to donate to!!

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Published: November 3, 2016



Helping Hands is pleased to announce we have replaced our VERY used 2003 Ford Van with a not so used 2008 Ford Box Truck, purchased from Sarchione Ford. Our old van had over 265,000 miles on it and was becoming unsafe for our drivers to drive due to rust and wear.

Helping Hands received a $10,000 grant from the Deuble Foundation towards the purchase of our new truck. This along with the donations raised in the Boot and Bucket Drive held last November covered the cost of the “new to us” truck.

We 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 would like to thank Joy France, Nick and Marissa Lautzenheiser and Malia Miller for their help in writing the grant, the Deuble Foundation for the grant and Tony Luther for donating the signs for the van doors. We are so thankful to have a safe vehicle for our volunteer drivers and a vehicle large enough to meet our needs.


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HHN Board of Directors celebrate the purchase of a new truck. L-R: Jim France, Fred Gordon, Sonny Halter, Jim Finnicum, Lovina Riggs, Jennifer Crone, Elizabeth Manson and Doug Prevosto. Absent is Harold Farber.

Published: August 25, 2016


Helping Hands is preparing for the upcoming school year.  I know it is hard to believe we must think about school supplies when summer is just getting underway but here we are 🙂   Last year we provided supplies to 143 children.  We anticipate somewhat higher numbers this year as we are experiencing a 33 % increase in numbers through the first 6 months of 2016.  We have inventoried our leftover supplies and I have attached a list of supplies we are in need of.  I hope that it is convenient for you to copy it and provide it to anyone who might want to have a reference to take shopping.   

School supplies may be dropped off at Helping Hands any T-W or TH between 9 and 2:30.  In order to prepare the supplies for distribution please have them to HHN by August 9th. 

We are also in need of volunteers to pack up the school supply bags on August 11, 2016 starting at 9 AM.  This usually only takes a couple of hours so it is a great opportunity to volunteer! 

As always, we are SO APPRECIATIIVE of the generous support from our community.  Thank you for helping our children prepare for learning this school year.  Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 330-866-2005.







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Published: June 30, 2016

GOLFER in the family?

Helping Hands is pleased to announce that proceeds from the 14th ANNUAL REPUBLIC SERVICES OF OHIO GOLF OUTING will benefit our food pantry.  The golf outing will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Spring Valley Golf Course with a shot gun start at 9:00 AM.  Registration begins at 8:00 AM.  For additional information please contact Jenn Keith or Tim Vandersall at 330-874-3855. We are so grateful for this opportunity to help us alleviate hunger in the valley!

Published: June 22, 2016

Produce Produce Produce!!!

As your gardens are planted and begin to produce all those glorious fresh vegetables and you have an abundance that you cannot use…please consider donating your surplus to Helping Hands.  We will gladly pass along fresh produce to our neighbors in need.  Fresh produce is one of the most nutrient dense types of food you can eat and just the kind we like to provide!  Helping Hands makes a concerted effort to have fresh produce available daily via what is available at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank.  However, we all know that locally grown produce is the best of the best!  So if your zucchini plants or beans or whatever are extra abundant this summer and you just can’t eat anymore or your neighbors are hiding from you when you try to share with them….we are located at 126 S. Main St. in Waynesburg.  Vegetables may be brought in Tues., Wed. or Thurs between 9 and 2:30.  Thank you as always for your generous support of our efforts to alleviate hunger in the Sandy Valley Community.



Published: June 8, 2016


Dear Friends,

Helping Hands Network once again is so very grateful for the outpouring of support from our community. Our second “Boot and Bucket” fundraiser campaign was held Saturday, April 30, 2016 and raised $5050.00 to help support our mission to alleviate hunger in the Sandy Valley Community. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

Many people gave of their time and talents to make this fundraiser a success. Thank you first of all goes to Fred Gordon for organizing the event. Manning the BOOTS and the BUCKETS in Waynesburg and Magnolia were: Jim Marraccini, Roger Austin, Josh Brown, Rick Carlile, Jeremy Dierick, Tom Ely, Michael Lambert, Randy Miller and John Whitacre III all from the Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District, Charles Miller, Roger Summers, Jen and Jeff Hagar from the William McKinley Masonic Lodge, Bill Henderson from Waynesburg, and Fred Gordon, Doug Prevosto, Sonny Halter, Jane and Jim France from Helping Hands.

A special note of thanks to Mohawk Valley also for their support in letting us use their facility to organize and feed the volunteers!

Thank you to Gloria Gordon for helping to serve our volunteers food so generously donated by: Debbie Remark, Juke Box Pizza, Kirk’s Restaurant, West End Pizza, The American Italian Club and Gloria Gordon.

Thank you to The Bank of Magnolia and Consumer’s National Bank for counting all our dollars and cents and giving us cashier checks to deposit.

Thank you to Sarchione Ford and Waynesburg Carriage for making generous donations to help our efforts.

Helping Hands Network provides a generous 5 day supply of food to approximately 600 people of the Sandy Valley Community each month (nearly 200 are children). In 2015 we distributed 149,419 pounds of food at an average cost of $.09 per pound. We strive to be excellent financial stewards of the funds donated to us. We operate ENTIRELY on donations with the exception of $450.00 we receive each month from the Stark County Hunger Task Force to spend at the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank.   All monies raised help to finance the day to day operation of Helping Hands Network.

Our community is so generous in helping our neighbors in need. Thank you once again for making a difference in your community.


Published: May 18, 2016