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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to enable other community organizations to end hunger. We strive to maximize community resources by effectively obtaining and distributing food through a food collection and distribution system.


Our History

The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. It was founded in 1984 to solicit, collect and store donations of surplus food and grocery products from all segments of the food industry, as well as solicit and collect monetary donations for the purchase of food products. We then serve as clearinghouse for these foodstuffs for agencies, such as food pantries and day care centers that feed the hungry throughout the region, providing them access to wholesome food. Our member agencies distribute the collected product to the hungry in Northwest Ohio. Agencies include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, rehabilitation centers, special programs for the elderly, group homes, holiday food basket programs and non-profit day care centers.


For nearly 40 years, we’ve been a champion in the fight against hunger in Northwest Ohio. In addition to distributing food through our network of member agencies; we facilitate various hunger-relief programs that promote healthy families and communities. 2023 has been a year of great innovation at the food bank; despite the residual effects of the pandemic. 


Your Support

You can join us in the fight to end hunger in Northwest Ohio by donating your monetary and/or food donations. With every dollar donated, the Toledo Food Bank is able to provide 4 meals to our hungry neighbors. Currently, 1 in 6 people struggle with hunger, but 5 in 6 can help. Since our creation in 1984, the Food Bank has distributed 100 million pounds of food to our 8 county service area that include: Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood.

Your support will go a long way!


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    For every $1 donation, Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank can provide 5 meals.

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