The Hudson Food Pantry is an extension of the community services sponsored and funded by HCSA. Since 1944 HCSA has provided food assistance as well as other humanitarian services, for families within the Hudson City School District who found themselves living at or below Federal Poverty Guidelines or were experiencing major problems in their lives. Initially, this benefit was a part of the Helping Hands program and it continued that way until April 2012 when the HCSA Board Of Governors moved to decentralize this function and establish a food pantry as a separate entity.
The fact that two hundred families living within the Hudson City School District fell within Federal Poverty Guidelines, roughly 3% of the total Hudson population, proved enough that HCSA felt that it had to do more to help.
Efforts were initiated to find a place for the food pantry. In 2011 Rejoice Lutheran Church offered space for HCSA to use at their location on Stow Road. It was a very good fit. In collaboration with Rejoice Lutheran the HCSA Food Pantry opened an began distributions to individuals and families in need.
Want to help? Residents can help in many ways: Bring non-perishable food items to the pantry, make a monetary donation to help purchase food items in short supply, encourage organizations you may belong to to consider “Social Outreach” programs or initiatives to raise money, conduct food drives or at a minimum create awareness of the needs of the less fortunate in Hudson. You can also click on HOW TO HELP at the top of this page.
Volunteers, Operation and Distribution
While Rejoice Lutheran provides the physical location, HCSA has responsibility for the overall operation of the Food Pantry. This is done through volunteers from member organizations and churches that make up Hudson Community Service Association. These volunteers provide the labor and time needed to staff the various operations necessary to obtain, shelve, promote and distribute the needed food items.
There are two distinctive functions to Pantry operations: Collections and Distribution. Collections receives food donations weekly – Every Thursday (from 4:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m.) and Every Saturday (from 9:00 a.m. till noon), except major holidays. Distribution is on the 4th Saturday of each month (except major holidays) and provides food to those individuals and families who qualify from 1:00 p.m. till 2:30 p.m.
Volunteers who staff collections screen the donated items for stale dates, and defective cans or boxes of food, sort and shelve items by food category and provide tax deductible receipts to donors.
Volunteers who work on Distribution days must go thru Civil Rights Training and then function as part of an 8-10 person team to help process the qualified individuals and families so that they may obtain their allotment of food and other available items.
If you believe you need food assistance, please check to see if you qualify.
We accept all non-perishable food items, as well as dish and laundry detergents and paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels. Following is a list of items that we use to complete our menus: canned vegetables, canned fruit, soup, canned pasta, beans, beef stew, chicken & dumplings, macaroni & cheese, tomato products, jarred spaghetti sauce, boxed pasta, canned tuna and chicken, tuna, chicken and hamburger helper, rice, cereal and breakfast products, and peanut butter and jelly.
We ask that donors check donated items for stale-date or expired “Best Used By” dates. We cannot accept dented cans or boxes or packages that have been opened. We also CANNOT accept any medicines, alcohol or other similar related drugs such as aspirin, Tylenol, cough medicines, cold & flu remedies, etc.
We accept all monetary donations. 100% of all donated dollars go toward supplying food to those in need in the Hudson Community. For those wishing to donate checks, please make them out to either HCSA Food Pantry or Hudson Community Service Association with a note in the memo section that the amount is intended for the Food Pantry.
Checks can be mailed to:
Hudson Community Service Association
P.O. Box 1472, Hudson, Ohio 44236.
Pantry Assistance Contact Information: Helping Hands:
On Call Daily
9AM−5PM; leave message after 5PM weekdays; week-ends. 330-671-9457