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 now open with a selection of children's clothing. We are currently accepting children's winter clothing donations only.
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 the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 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), Deborah Brown, Vini Ventura, and Nyree Wilkerson.
Jan Bittner, Roseanne Cantale, Karen Genco, Bonnie Horsfall, and Tina Pudelski.