Canton Sunday Picnic

Sometimes, the best meals are eaten standing up in a public park in the rain.

Members of New Vision and other area churches have discovered the joy of sharing food with their homeless and impoverished neighbors. Canton Sunday Picnic happens every Sunday at 1 p.m. at Kresge Park (Market Ave North and 4th Street). Inspired by the Food Not Bombs concept in 2007, a group of twentysomething and teenage friends decided over coffee to do something about the needs they saw in their community. They decided to serve lunch on Sundays to help fill the gap in the meal schedules of the Refuge of Hope homeless shelter. Their only requirement to receive food is to feel hungry enough to eat it. Likewise, the regulars who bring food can always use donations, whether already-prepared foods or ingredients. Some people bring hot meals to be eaten at the time, and some bring food that can be easily carried away and eaten later (such as shelf-stable items, etc.). Hats, scarves, and gloves are always needed in the winter months. For more information, contact Skylark Bruce, 330-354-7436 or [email protected].

How can you help?

  • Provide a hot dish on Sundays, it’s always appreciated

  • Donate food items that can be used to make future meals (shelf-stable items like beans, canned veggies, etc.)

  • Donate hats, scarves, and gloves to be given away in winter months