Money: Monetary donations are greatly appreciated because KSS is a member of the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. Membership enables KSS to purchase food at about one-third the cost of the same purchase at a retail grocery store. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
Non-perishable Food: Food donations are valuable as the Food Bank’s food inventory is very limited. In order to provide a nutritional variety of foods, non-perishable food items are always welcomed. In particular, items frequently needed are: peanut butter, tuna, cereal, pasta, canned fruits, rice and bean products. Recognizing that expiration dates indicate food quality rather than safety precautions, KSS accepts foods that are expired up to two years ago. KSS employees are happy to assist organizations that would like to host a food drive.
Perishable Food: KSS benefits from donations of perishable foods to to support the hot meal program. Food often comes from restaurants, grocery stores, catering services, church potlucks or wedding receptions. Under Ohio’s Good Samaritan Act, donors are protected from liability when donating perishable food that has been handled in good faith. Gardeners are also encouraged to donate excess produce to KSS for use with the hot meals or the pantry distribution. Fresh produce is a welcome treat for KSS consumers!
Other needed items: Individuals who struggle financially are often in need of other important items. The following items are distributed based on the amount available: Personal hygiene products, winter hats, scarves, gloves, sock, diapers, baby food, feminine products and pet food.
School Supplies: Low-income families incur a large expense for clothing, class materials and school supplies at the beginning of the school year. KSS and the Center of Hope provide school supplies to low-income families having children in school from kindergarten through 12th grade. Donations of the following items are greatly needed to ensure that children are adequately equipped for learning: pencils, pens, crayons, notebook paper, rulers, markers, folders and backpacks.
Thanksgiving and Christmas: KSS and the Center of Hope join forces to provide over 1,400 boxes containing generous amounts of food for both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Food boxes are offered to low-income families, seniors and the disabled. Food and monetary donations are needed for traditional holiday food items, including turkeys and $10 grocery store gift cards enabling seniors to purchase their own meat.
A generous amount of toys are also provided to low-income families with children at Christmas. Parents who have registered for toys are able to choose the gifts for their children who are up to the age of 16. Donations of $15 gift cards from discount department stores are appreciated by parents of teenagers, who are more challenging to buy for. Younger children typically receive: a major toy, stuffed animal, game, book, item of clothing, craft, and stocking stuffers. Donations of these items provide a wonderful way to expand the joy of the holidays for oneself and for others!