939 Norton Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203    (330) 745-3693

BACM is a proud Network Partner of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, as well as an Ohio Benefit Bank site. These, along with strategic partnerships with other organizations, allow us to provide low-income households in our area with much needed services.




Our Board

Larry Okolish, President

Patricia Shultz, Vice President

LaVerne Yousey, Secretary

Veronica Hegarty

Ruthellen Moore

​Kathy Powers-Middlecoop

Dorothy Somerville

Margie Steffensen

Cindy Tesmer

Dick Waltz

Our Staff

Margaret Palisin, Executive Director


Martha Jamison, Pantry Manager


Kelly Fuller, Office Manager


Tammie Sneed, Bookkeeper


Our Year in Review

In 2016, BACM served 1,333 households that included 4,178 people, which accounts for 10.1% of the population of our service area. These services included:

  • 15,180 instances of service through our food pantry, equaling 136,620 meals
  • 37 households assisted with applying for benefits and/or free tax preparation as an Ohio Benefit Bank site​
  • 3,400 weekend food packages distributed to the students at Barberton Head Start during the school year
  • 524 vouchers distributed to our clients to use at the Barberton Farmer's Market to purchase fresh produce

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Barberton Area Community Ministries began in 1997 as a combined community ministry to assist low-income individuals in Barberton and Norton. Since then, BACM has grown to serve over 4,000 people a year, providing food assistance, free tax preparation 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. Additionally in 2016, we received food donations from churches, community groups, local businesses, individuals and the City of Barberton valued in excess of $36,000.00.