During the season of giving, the most common method of organized charity is probably the food drive. Businesses often set up makeshift boxes in their lobbies that soon overflow with canned goods.
The men and women stationed at the end of the interstate ramps holding a sign that says they are homeless and in need of food or money may be the only interaction most of us in Stark County have had with those who have no place to call home.
Every month, an average of 28,000 people visit one of the more than 30 pantries that’s part of the network of the Stark County Hunger Task Force. They represent less than half of the people who live in hunger here.