Philanthropist Mark Jenney Donates to Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

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Akron-based philanthropist and entrepreneur Mark Jenney makes donation to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

The results of the Foodbank’s study were a real eye-opener for me, and that’s why I chose to donate.

The organization was founded in 1982 by a group of community leaders who decided to make a solid commitment to providing emergency food to community members in need.

Now, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank serves over 400 other community organizations in the counties of Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, and Wayne. These “Member Agencies,” as they are called, coordinate food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters, and other programs throughout the area.

According to a 2010 study, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank provides emergency food for about 179,800 people each year, helping around 40,600 in any given week. Of those who receive help, 31% are children under the age of 18, and 68% are households whose income is below the federal poverty level.

“I couldn’t believe how many people there are in my own community who are in need of something as basic as food,” said Jenney. “The results of the Foodbank’s study were a real eye-opener for me, and that’s why I chose to donate.”

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank can provide three meals for every dollar they receive in contributions, and 94% of all donations go towards program services (with 3% going towards fundraising expenses and 3% going towards supporting services).

To learn more about the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and how you can help, visit


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