AKRON  The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will host its annual Holiday Campaign through Dec. 31, which encourages people to come together to support those in the local community struggling with hunger.

The Foodbank believes every family deserves to share a holiday meal together. In the Foodbank’s eight-county service area, one in seven individuals struggle with hunger, and more than one in five children are food insecure. The Foodbank invites you to participate in its Holiday Campaign to help give a heart-warming meal this holiday season.

"The giving spirit of the holiday season inspires many in our community to turn the energy of their generosity into something charitable and meaningful," said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, in a news release. "We are incredibly grateful for all those participating in the Holiday Campaign. It raises vital funds needed to help our hungry neighbors, and give them hope for a holiday free-of-hunger."

The goal of the Holiday Campaign is to motivate the community to get involved, whether it’s through volunteering, holding a food and funds drive or by making a monetary donation. All actions will help provide approximately 4 million meals to hungry families in the neighborhoods served by the Foodbank.

Many local businesses and organizations support the campaign by holding events to raise money and collect food for the Foodbank.

- Help support the businesses who support your Foodbank’s Holiday Campaign which are collecting monetary donations through Dec. 16.. Among those are Mainstream Boutique, SOL Pie Pizza, Bair’s Powersports, The 401 Lofts, The Rail, Melt Bar & Grilled, Barthel’s Garden Center, KJ’s Tanning Salon, The Hall of Fame Agency, Main Street Grille, Peace, Love and Little Donuts of Green, Deli Ohio, Sweet Mary’s Bakery and Ron Marhofer Auto Family.

- Double Your Dollar Day on Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) is an online match promotion. While making holiday purchases online, please visit akroncantonfoodbank.org and make a donation. For every $1 donated, a generous friend of the Foodbank will make a matching gift. On this day, $1 equals eight meals.

- Drive by and donate during Long Haul Against Hunger on Dec. 1. Listen to iHeartMedia radio stations, including 98.1 WKDD, My 101.7, Rock 106.9, 99.7 Canton’s New Country, Fox Sports 1350 and 640 WHLO from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for more details. Food and monetary donations will be collected at the Giant Eagle locations in Jackson Township, 6493 Strip Ave NW, and Fairlawn, 2775 W. Market St. Financial donations will be matched by generous sponsors the 415 Group, FirstEnergy, J.M. Smucker Company and Summa Health throughout the day.

- Selfless Elf 5k at 8 a.m. Dec. 16. Dress in your favorite holiday-themed costume or running gear, and run or walk the 3.1-mile course beginning and ending at the Foodbank. Visit selflesself.com to register or for more information.

To learn more about the Holiday Campaign, visit akroncantonfoodbank.org/holiday or contact the Foodbank at 330-535-6900.