Helping Hands, Community Interest & Food Pantry

all donations

Residents can help by making a monetary donation to help HCSA.  Encourage organizations to which you belong to consider “Social Outreach” programs to raise money or at a minimum, create awareness of the needs of the less fortunate in Hudson.
We accept all monetary donations. 100% of all donated dollars go toward providing help to those in need who live within the Hudson City School District.  For those wishing to donate checks, please make them out to HCSA Helping Hands or Hudson Community Service Association with a note in the memo section that the amount is intended for Helping Hands.
Checks can be mailed to:
Hudson Community Service Association
P.O. Box 1472, Hudson, Ohio 44236.

how to volunteer

Helping Hands turns to its member organizations in HCSA for volunteer support.  For those wishing to help, if you are a member of a local volunteer organization in Hudson, first check to see if your organization is already an HCSA member.  If so, contact your HCSA board representative and make your wishes known.  If not, call the Helping Hands number 330-671-9457 and the phone volunteer can relay your desire to the appropriate HCSA staff member who will inform you of how your organization can become a member of HCSA.


Contact For Helping Hands: 330-671-9457

You can call weekdays from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m and on weekends you can leave a message.  Your call will be returned within 24 to 48 hours

Location and Hours of the Food Pantry:
Location: Rejoice Lutheran Church, 7855 Stow Road, Hudson, Ohio.
Enter by the front door.
Main Phone (Rejoice): 330-653-5980
Collection Times:  Every Thursday (from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m.) and every Saturday (from 9:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m.), except major holidays.

During the months of June, July and August there will be NO Saturday collections.
Distribution Times:  Fourth Saturday of every month, from 1:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m.

DECEMBER Distribution is the Third Saturday, December 21, 2019.

For Emergency Distribution outside of these times, please call the Helping Hands number at 330-671-9457.

Contact For Social Seniors:
Jim Rothgery – 330-310-2738
Jim Aungst – 330-650-1174
Nancy Yari – 330-656-2922

qualification process for helping hands

To start the qualification process, contact your local pastor, who can refer you directly or contact a local Social worker or Parish Nurse who can refer you as well or you can call Helping Hands.  These contact people can help applicants get the assistance they need and or refer them to the Food Pantry.

overview of assistance for helping hands

24/7 phone service to receive calls for assistance. The phone is staffed by volunteers weekdays from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.  After 5:00 p.m and on weekends you can leave a message.  Your call will be returned within 24 to 48 hours.

qualification process for food pantry

First, you must reside within the Hudson City School District.
Second, it must be determined if your family falls within certain income guidelines.  If you qualify you may also be eligible for State and or Federal assistance for food through programs such as SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program.
Other situations may arise that put individuals or families in need of food.  Things such as job loss, reduction of hours at work, unforseen medical emergencies or disabilities, fire or other home damage or other emergencies that strain finances.  All of these factors are considered when determining qualification.

Once qualified, someone on the Pantry staff will be notified and if considered an Emergency, a Pantry staff member will contact the applicant to make arrangements to distribute food immediately.
Otherwise, the applicant will be directed to come to the Saturday Distribution which is on the Fourth Saturday of every month, from 1:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m.  In the month December, the distribution is on the 3rd Saturday, December 21, instead of 4th Saturday.