About Us

TEAC is a food pantry located in Northfield, OH. We help our neighbors who qualify for food assistance and reside in zip codes: 44056, 44067, 44087, 44202, 44236, 44264 and 44286.


We are an independent 501(c)(3) supported entirely by monetary, food and hygiene donations from our local community. Approximately 90% of every dollar donated goes directly to assist our clients.


Please call us at 330-467-7945 or stop by for a tour.


Serving Our Community

Mission & History

Our mission at The Emergency Assistance Center is to support our neighbors in need by providing food and other basic necessities while leading a collaborative community effort to access resources that promote healthy lives.  Our goal at TEAC is to give every hungry neighbor in our community enough food to feed themselves and their family members, and to provide the other essential needs of clothing and hygiene, in an atmosphere of dignity, respect and fairness.


The clothing boutique is currently closed. We are not accepting clothing donations at this time. 

The Emergency Assistance Center was founded in 1992 by a single mother of four who was struggling to feed her family and who knew many other families in the area dealing with similar circumstances. Our center began by serving fewer than 70 people a month and has grown steadily over the years. In 2021, we served an average of 498 individuals a month.

TEAC has expanded to include seasonal support programs including: extra food for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holiday meals; and Easter baskets. In addition, we have onsite services from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Veterans Affairs, and Portage Path Behavioral Health.  Appointments are open to all Summit County residents, not just TEAC clients.  ODJFS case managers can help apply for Medicaid and SNAP benefits, and are available at TEAC on most Wednesdays & Thursdays. VA case managers are available once a month on the 3rd Friday. Portage Path counselors are available twice a month on the first and third Wednesday.

We are proud partner with the Twinsburg City Schools in Paws on Child Hunger, a school backpack program that provides weekend meals to eligible Twinsburg students.
The Emergency Assistance Center became a “Choice Pantry” in 2012 when Joyce Hunt became our Executive Director, and our clients now choose exactly the foods they want to take home to their families.


We are now, as we have been since our first day of operation, so thankful for the time and talent of our incredibly devoted crew of volunteers, the caring and capable leadership of our Board of Directors, and the unending financial and material support of our amazingly generous community!

Who We Are
Executive Director & Board of Directors
Joyce Hunt (Executive Director).
Randy Hyde (Chairman), John Jones (Treasurer), Janet Meyer (Secretary), and Vini Ventura.
Staff Members
Jan Bittner, Roseanne Cantale, Karen Genco, Bonnie Horsfall, and Tina Pudelski.

Who We Serve

We help everyone who is eligible for our assistance. We use Ohio Jobs & Family Services income guidelines for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Most of our clients are individuals and families who have never requested assistance before and have experienced a life-changing emotional & financial hardship, such as death in the family, job loss, and medical issues. 
We proudly serve the following zip codes: 44067 Northfield, Northfield Center, and Sagamore Hills; 44056 Macedonia; 44087 Twinsburg & Twinsburg Township; 44202 Reminderville; 44286 Richfield and Richfield Township; 44264 Peninsula; and 44236 Boston Heights & Hudson. When individuals who don't live in our service area come to us for assistance, we serve them on a one-time basis and also help them find food pantries that are in their area. Our services are always free of charge.

How We Are Funded
TEAC is an independent 501(c)(3) and receives no government funding. We rely entirely on community support. Our Center runs on monetary, food, and hygiene donations from individuals, churches, schools, organizations, and businesses. It is a joy to partner with you in helping those in need! We are so grateful for your support!
At The Emergency Assistance Center, we strongly believe in organizational transparency and have a long standing commitment to fiscal responsibility. By being completely transparent about our finances, our goal is to help our donors feel confident that they can trust in our organization. 

We are an Accredited Charity of the Better Business Bureau by having met all 20 of their Standards for Charity Accountability. You can review our BBB report. We have attained the Candid GuideStar USA Platinum Seal of Transparency, their highest level of recognition. You can view our Candid GuideStar report. We invite you to view our IRS 990 Form and to read our 2022 Annual Report. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our tax ID number is 34-1899752.

Privacy Policy
Your personal information, such as name, address or other donor information will not be rented, exchanged or sold with any outside organization. You will receive a confirmation letter and donation receipt for your financial donation and will be added to our fundraising appeal letter. If however you wish to opt out of receiving our appeal letter you may notify us by mail to The Emergency Assistance Center, 9199 Olde 8 Rd, Ste C, Northfield, OH 44067, by email to or by callling us at 330-467-7945.


You Can Trust TEAC!


The Emergency Assistance Center is a Network Partner of the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, and has received the Candid GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency.




Keep up with the latest news. Enter your e-mail and subscribe to our quarterly newsletter.

Contact Us

9199 Olde 8 Rd, Suite C
Northfield, OH 44067


Open Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm