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Drive-Thru Food Pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays

Teri Dwyer

We are always so impressed with the outpouring of love and support from our community.

Our BACM Christmas Giveaway Dec. 21 will be a success because of all of our donors and volunteers. Our thanks to the Pajama Program for donating warm jammies; to Children and Books for providing books; to Bob Ryan for purchasing ornament craft kits; to Conrad Storad for offering coloring sheets and crayons; to Jennifer Bragg for buying BACM logoed tote bags; to Janice Carter, Pat Shultz, Barberton Big Lots, and Dollar General on Eastern Road for giving Santa toys; to Operation Warm for granting coats and shoes; to Shadrick Napier for filling in for Santa Claus; Patty Tilson for gifting hats and gloves; and Akron Canton Regional Foodbank and Peggy James of Howard Hanna Realty for supplying our party snacks. We have 35 volunteers signed up to assist about 200 children from 89 families as they make their way through the tables set up at the Norton Community Center collecting all of the free gifts and a quick photo with Santa.

We have also received great response from the Norton Kiwanis Matching Challenge. We will be accepting donations until years-end. If you would like to take part, write Kiwanis in your check’s memo line. The Kiwanis will match donations up to $11,500 for a grant total of $23,000 to start off 2023 right.

For residents living in Barberton, Norton, Clinton, New Franklin or Doylestown in you need of food assistance, the Drive-Thru Food Pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. at 939 Norton Ave., Barberton. No appointment is necessary. Families must meet financial guidelines.

Groceries are available twice per calendar month. Bring your photo ID. Home delivery is available to homebound seniors, age 65 and up. The office is open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit for program details or like us on Facebook for daily updates.

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