When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15
The Sharing Center is the food pantry ministry of St. Paul. Every Friday evening at 6:15, anyone from Medina County in need of food assistance can come and receive around 4-5 days worth of groceries. Each family can come as often as once a calendar month (every 4-5 weeks).
The Sharing Center is a client choice food pantry, which means that each person shopping is able to choose food based on their needs and likes. This gives each person a greater sense of dignity, as well as reduces the amount of food that will not get eaten. Volunteers assist them as they shop. This is also an opportunity to get to know one another.
The Sharing Center serves approximately 30-50 families a week, and a total of 225-300 people a month. In a year, an estimated 200 Medina County families come to the Sharing Center.
The Sharing Center is a member of the Akron Canton Foodbank, which allows food to be purchased at a substantially lower price. Therefore, monetary donations can go further than shopping in grocery stores. However, food donations are welcome and needed, especially as some items are not always available at the Food Bank.
Please note: The Sharing Center receives some USDA food through the Akron Canton Foodbank and is in compliance with USDA guidelines, including: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-26000 (voice and TDD).