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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 Year in Review

In 2017, BACM served 1,306 households that included 4,723 people, which accounts for 11.5% of the population of our service area. These services included:

  • 14,437 instances of service through our food pantry, equaling 129,123 meals
  • 34 households assisted with applying for benefits and/or free tax preparation as an Ohio Benefit Bank site​
  • 2,902 weekend food packages distributed to the students at Barberton Head Start during the school year
  • 564 vouchers distributed to our clients to use at the Barberton Farmer's Market to purchase fresh produce

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 4,700 people a year, 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. Additionally in 2017, we received food donations from churches, community groups, local businesses, individuals and the City of Barberton valued at nearly $31,000.00.

Our Board

Larry Okolish, President

Patricia Shultz, Vice President/Treasurer

LaVerne Yousey, Secretary

Gary Christoff

Carl Douglas

Ralph Dowling

​Teri Dwyer

Veronica Hegarty

Shawnna Jones

Dolores Juriga

Ruthellen Moore

​Kathy Powers-Middlecoop

Rob Pursley

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Our Staff

​Dorothy Suchka Somerville,
Executive Director

Martha Jamison, Pantry Manager


Becky Thomas, Office Manager


Tammie Sneed, Bookkeeper