Center of Hope

The Center of Hope provides hot meals and food assistance to disadvantaged residents of Portage County.


of every dollar donated goes toward direct service.


people are served each year through our programs.


individuals volunteer every year.


The Amelia DiGirolamo Center of Hope is dedicated to enhancing the nutrition of low-income people in Portage County where local food pantries are not present. Hot meals are offered at no cost five days a week and we typically serve 75-100 individuals per day. Opportunities for socialization, cooking classes and referral services are also offered.


Hot lunches are served to anyone hungry.

Monday 11:30am – 12:15pm

Tuesday 11:30am – 12:15pm

Wednesday 11:30am – 12:15pm

Thursday 11:30am – 12:15pm

Friday 11:30am – 12:15pm

Dinner is served on the first, second and third Sunday of each month at 4:00 pm

There is no fee.


Groceries are available monthly through the Christian Cupboard. There is no fee, but the Department of Agriculture poses income eligibility limits. An appointment is required to receive groceries. It is recommended to call 3-4 days in advance if possible.



Food: Non-perishables, especially peanut butter, tuna, cereal, canned food, etc.

Gift Cards: Acme or Giant Eagle at $10.00 increments.

Monetary Donations: which allow us to apply it to the greatest need. 30% of our food is contributed by the community, the remaining 70% involves purchases at the regional food bank where the equivalent of $4.00 in retail food can be purchased for every $1.00 donated.

Holiday Give-a-way

Some suggestions for younger children include:

  • Unwrapped games
  • Dolls
  • Stuffed animals
  • Soccer, basketballs and footballs
  • Coloring books, crayons and school supplies
  • Hats, mittens, gloves, snow boots of all sizes

For tweens and teens:

  • Hoodies
  • DVD’s
  • Personal items like perfume and cologne
  • Gift cards for fast food restaurants and department stores.


Food and toy donations can be dropped off at the Center of Hope, 1081 W. Main Street and Family & Community Services, 705 Oakwood Street, Ravenna.

Donations should be dropped off no later than December 10.

Program Mission

To fill the gap in food needs experienced by vulnerable residents of Portage County.


1081 W. Main St.

Ravenna, OH  44266

P: 330.297.5454

F: 330.297.4953


Mon-Fri: 9am–3pm

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