(Stark County, Ohio- April 2024) – VANTAGE Meals On Wheels Northeast Ohio (MOWNEO) and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (ACRFB) proudly announce their partnership to provide meals for seniors in the Stark County area.  This collaboration is a commitment to serving the community’s most vulnerable members.  Beginning in April, MOWNEO will provide meals through a mobile food outreach initiative. Staff and volunteers will meet at ACRFB’s Canton location to relay meals into our area, providing a more extensive reach for meal delivery to seniors in need.  The generosity of the ACRFB in providing space will allow for the expansion of services in an area considered a food desert, or an area where it is difficult to buy affordable, quality nutritious food.

“This partnership shows our shared commitment to supporting older adults where they are and utilizing our community’s resources and expertise,“ shared VANTAGE Aging CEO Kim Ventresca. “Together, we can provide seniors with the vital support and care they deserve, and with the peace of mind that healthy food is coming to their neighborhoods.”

The Mobile Food Outreach Program will take place on the last Tuesday of the months of April, May, June, July, and August, from 9:00am to 10:00am, to distribute meals to Stark County residents who qualify through a partnership with Stark County Healthy Aging. The first Mobile Outreach Program will be Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

Meals will be distributed from MOWNEO’s refrigerated van parked at the ACRFB, located at 1365 Cherry Ave NE, Canton, OH 44714. Meal distribution includes five to 15 frozen meals and one to three half gallons of milk, depending on the needs of the individual.

“We are thrilled to be able to assist this program in getting more meals into the hands of our neighbors in the Stark County area, and we are thankful for the longstanding partnership we have with VANTAGE Meals On Wheels Northeast Ohio,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

Individuals age 60 and older living in Stark County can enroll in person on the last Tuesday of the month through August at the ACRFB location from 9-10 or call the MOWNEO office at 330-832-7220 to complete an application over the phone with one of our client service team members.

For more information on Meals on Wheels NEO, please call.

For more information about ACRFB call (330) 535-6900 and to learn more go to, https://www.akroncantonfoodbank.org/

For more information about VANTAGE Aging contact Lisa Mansfield Director of Development and Community Partnerships at 330-253-4597 ext. 160 or lmansfield@vantageaging.org.

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