The Emergency Assistance Center (TEAC) is first and foremost a food pantry, serving a monthly
3-5 day supply of food. In 2015, we served 10,330 individuals throughout the year, including children and seniors. Our primary goal is to feed the hungry, and we always serve those in need of emergency help, as well as those in our service area who need continued help to put food on the table.
Paws on Child Hunger Backpack Program
The Paws on Child Hunger Program is a joint venture between The Emergency Assistance Center in Northfield and Twinsburg City Schools to provide nutritional weekend food assistance for Twinsburg students who receive free or reduced lunches. Our non-descript backpacks include healthy, filling, and safe-to-prepare (no cooking needed) meals and snacks to help students have enough to eat throughout their weekends at home. Currently, we serve 161 students every week in all of the elementary schools. We plan to include Twinsburg Middle and High Schools in the near future.
Back to School Bash
At our Back to School Festival, TEAC families with school-aged children are invited to receive free school supplies, clothing and haircuts for each child. Sign up begins in June and distribution for our clients is held inside Momentum Church in Macedonia. The public is invited to attend the additional outdoor activities, including live music, bounce houses, games, and free food, hosted by Momentum Church! The festival is held in August.
Thanksgiving Harvest Meals
As Thanksgiving nears, TEAC families are preparing to celebrate the holiday meal, and each client receives a Harvest bag, full of all the non-perishables needed to make a Thanksgiving feast, as well as fresh produce and vouchers to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey or ham.
Christmas Lane is an opportunity for TEAC clients with dependent children to select new Christmas gifts, free of charge, for all their kiddos. We are so proud to run this program entriely off of the generous donations of our communities. Every gift is brand new and gifts for all ages are represented. This year the event will be held at Western Reserve Grace Church in Macedonia on December 15th. See below for gift ideas!
Each year at Easter, TEAC provides Easter baskets for the children of our client families. With the support of our annual sponsor, Nordonia Hills Preschool Parents, volunteers pack baskets with candy, snacks, toys and games to distribute to youngsters each spring. We also are proud to offer an Easter dinner bag for each family, along with a meat voucher for an Easter ham.