We dream of a Massillon where no man, woman, or child is lonely or hungry.

did you know?

Out of the 25 Stark County Municipalities, Massillon is ranked fourth in the percentage of people living below the poverty line. In Stark County, it is estimated that 48,510 adults and 14,410 children are food insecure.

One in two Americans are living in loneliness according to the US Surgeon General's 2023 Report.



Through our work in the city over the past 15 years, we have discovered that many of the city’s residents lack access to healthy food. The residents that lack transportation living in the southwest side of Massillon, where we are headquartered,  must walk 20 to 25 minutes to buy healthy food and that’s if they can afford it. Imagine being a single mother with two toddlers in 90-degree heat hauling groceries home on foot. Without access to healthy food, our residents are suffering. A healthy diet has been proven to be one of the major building blocks of a healthy life.  

In 2027, in partnership with Akron Canton Food Bank, we are opening a food pantry in Southwest Massillon in the building that was formerly Demmer Hardware to provide residents with access to healthy food. This food pantry will be unique in that it will function more like a grocery store. It will be open multiple times a week, provide various meats and fresh produce, and will be laid out like a typical grocery store so that residents can select what they need. Imagine the impact on our city! 

City serve cafe

The US Surgeon General reports that, “about one-in-two adults in America reported experiencing loneliness. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic cut off so many of us from friends, loved ones, and support systems, exacerbating loneliness and isolation.”

We are determined to combat this issue through the City Serve Café that will also open in 2027. This won’t be your run of the mill Café. Sure, our barista’s will be able to make delicious lattes but what will set them apart is their ability to deliver world-class hospitality. Our barista’s will be equipped to build relationships with the people of our city, so that they are seen, heard, valued, and have a place to belong. All profit from the cafe will be used to meet additional needs within the community. 

will you partner with us?

Do you want to join us in providing healthy food for the residents of Massillon and destroying the loneliness that they experience? If so, there are a few ways to get involved with the cause.

One is to generously give. We already have the building, but it needs to be renovated. We estimate that the renovations will cost $1.6 million. The second way to get involved is through volunteering at the Café and food pantry. Finally, you can contribute by encouraging the people in your network of influence to give and volunteer. 

Let’s seek the peace and prosperity of the people of Massillon together and make it a city everyone wants to live in, and no person goes unseen! 

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Does Massillon need another food pantry?

The City Serve food pantry will be unique. It will be open multiple days a week, allow people to “shop” for what they need in an environment like a grocery store, and contain meat and fresh produce. 

Who will staff the City Serve Food Pantry and Café?

Paid staff and volunteers from the community and local churches. 

Does Massillon need another cafe?

The City Serve café will be distinct. It will be staffed with employees and volunteers that are equipped to offer world class hospitality and to connect customers to area organizations, churches, and social services. All profit will be used to further serve the city. 

Where will the food for the City Serve Food Pantry come from? 

Akron Canton Regional Foodbank. 

Is the City Serve Food Pantry and Café connected to a larger organization? 

Yes. The City Serve Food Pantry and Café is a ministry of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship.

What is the history of the City Serve building?

The City Serve building was home to Demmer Hardware from 1956-2012. Abundant Life Christian Fellowship purchased the building in 2015 and since then has been using the building to serve the people of Massillon. You can read more about the history of Demmer Hardware and Abundant Life’s use of the property here:  


 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2023). How Does Social Connectedness Affect Health.

Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (2023). Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation: The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community (pp.)

Stark Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Stark County, The Center for Community Solutions. (2023). Stark County Community Assessment: Indications of Health, Social, and Economic Conditions (pp. 25-33).