A story about what community can do: 

The Geauga Hunger Task Force began in 1977 to serve the emergency food needs of Geauga County. People came together to create an organization that would raise funds to supplement the local food pantries in the county. Back then, pantries were serving a handful of clients each day. Today, the seven independent pantries in Geauga County served over 450,000 meals in 2016. This is a testament to the generosity and neighborliness of every pantry captain, volunteer, and donor. 

Just think... 

That's 450,000 times that a child, teenager, adult, and senior did not have to worry about going hungry. 

That's 450,000 times that an individual, family, and community could give thanks. 

That's 450,000 times that we have stood together to take care of our friends, family, and neighbors. 

It's amazing work. And it's all done because of your generosity and compassion. 

Thank you. 


The Geauga County Hunger Task Force (GHTF) is a volunteer driven organization whose mission is to ensure that no resident of Geauga County goes hungry. It financially supports seven independent food pantries throughout Geauga county to help families in need. The Geauga County Hunger Task Force is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and donations are tax deductible according to applicable law. The GHTF is supported with food and monetary donations from generous residents, churches, schools, businesses, and community organizations. United Way Services of Geauga County provides administrative support.

Anyone in need of food assistance is encouraged to call the United Way's 2-1-1 Help Center 24 hours a day/7 days a week for pantry locations and hours. Families are provided with 10 days of nutritious food. There is no restriction as to age, employment status, or family size. 

Board Members: 

Sue Juhasz, President 

Lisa Milgate, Vice President

Paulette Kadis-Gaia, Treasurer

Betsy Griffin

Kathy Poyar

Helyne Walker

Dr. Augustine Kellis

Claudia Toth (United Way Representative)