2019 Board Members

Pat Shultz, President

Rob Pursley, Vice President
Teri Dwyer, Treasurer

LaVerne Yousey, Secretary

Gary Christoff

Carl Douglas

Ralph Dowling

Shawnna Jones

Dolores Juriga
Bethany McKenney

​Kathy Powers-Middlecoop
Rev. Dr. Michael Petrochuk
Robert Ryan
Dave Stephens
Anne Sweeney
Joshua Tewell

Our Staff

​Dorothy Suchka Somerville,
Executive Director

Martha Jamison, Pantry Manager


Becky Thomas, Office Manager


Tammie Sneed, Bookkeeper


BACM is a proud Network Partner of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Strategic partnerships with other organizations, allows us to provide low-income households in our area with much needed services.  USDA Poster

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Barberton Area Community Ministries began in 1997 as a combined community ministry to assist low-income individuals in the Barberton and Norton area. Since then, BACM has grown, providing food assistance and referrals to other programs and services. Our funding comes from local churches, individual donors, foundation & government grants, fundraising events, local businesses and community groups. 
In 2018, we received donations of food, toiletry & basic necessities from the community valued at over $99,000.

Our Year in Review

In 2018, BACM provided the following services:

  • 13,633 instances of service through our food pantry, equaling 122,697 meals.
  • 231 households were assisted with applying for benefits such as HEAP, SNAP, Medicaid, or Veterans benefits.
  • 2,739 weekend food packages were distributed to the students at Barberton Head Start during the school year.
  • 1,451 vouchers were distributed to our clients to use at the Barberton Farmer's Market to purchase fresh produce.
  • 464 Bags of Love toiletries were distributed to clients.