Community Harvest


Community Harvest was one of the first non-profit groups in Stark County to establish an innovative food rescue program, designed 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 the hungry. Although other states have taken our lead and followed with similar programs, Community Harvest was one of the first. Our growth would not have been possible without our loyal food donors, supporters, and strong community here in Ohio. 


Community Harvest was created in 1989 by the Tri-County Restaurant Association and other concerned members of the community with the goal of increasing the involvement of the local restaurant and food service industries by collecting their excess prepared and perishable food and delivering it to community groups serving the homeless and the hungry. Their cornerstone is based on: 1) Providing more children and families access to nutritious food; 2) Providing a sustainable, community-led solution to end hunger for our community; and 3) Providing solutions to hunger and poverty that do not require a lot of money or resources, especially in a country with 40% food waste.

As the only Prepared and Perishable Food Rescue Program in NE Ohio, Community Harvest is now a “link” for over 100 local restaurants, caterers, grocery stores, farmers, and hospital kitchens to donate their unused and healthy food to 32 community-based organizations in Stark County. They have increased the value of rescued and delivered food from $730,000 in 2009 to $1.6 Million in 2016 while operating expenses increased only moderately. They’ve been able to do this because their operating expenses are minimal in comparison to the amount of food delivered each year. The Community Harvest program is executed entirely by a team of volunteers and a staff of only one to run the office. There is no cost for the food they deliver.


Location: 4915 Fulton Drive NW; Unit 7, Canton, Ohio 44718, Stark County
Type of Industry: Non-Profit Human Services

Hunger Relief; Food Rescue; Waste Prevention

Number of Current Employees: 1 full-time employee and 14 volunteers
Year Company Started: 1989

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