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Flashes Fighting Hunger Hosts Drop-Off Food Drive for Pantry Stock

Flashes Fighting Hunger Food Drive
Austin Croft
Kent State University
Flashes Fighting Hunger Food Drive seeks to fill the food on-campus food pantry that services the Kent and Ravenna communities, where food insecurity is high.

The pandemic has increased food insecurity in some areas of Northeast Ohio by as much as 40 percent, according to the Feeding America Network. To help lesson food insecurity, a local group is planning a food drive for students at Kent State and communities in Portage County.

Flashes Fighting Hunger will be accepting non-perishable donations for its food pantry during a drive-thru drop-off from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Cartwright Hall on the Kent State campus. Student Resource Center Coordinator Austin Croft is one of the event organizers.

Croft on food security in Kent and Ravenna

“There is actually high amounts of food insecurity in Kent and Ravenna area," Croft said. "The pantry is open to community members, to students, to faculty, to staff, pretty much anyone.”

Tomorrow’s drive will be contactless for those who wish to drop off items. The food pantry, located on campus at Tri Towers, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media.
Kelsey Paulus is a Junior studying journalism at Kent State University. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in journalism with a minor in design. Along with interning for WKSU, Kelsey is also a co-producer of TV2’s kentcore and a designer for A Magazine. She is an aspiring music journalist and hopes to work in the magazine industry someday.