Big Reach seeks to impact the Mahoning Valley. With a variety of service opportunities, BRCOH is a great option for individual and corporate volunteering, community service hours, and service projects.
We are happy to share that our Food Distributions and Food for Thought programs have been maintained amidst the COVID-19 crisis. We are slowly and safely resuming more programs to fulfill the needs of our recipients and surrounding communities. Please visit our DONATE page to help us make an impact!
- Prayer & Encouraging Relationships
- Food Assistance
- Clothing Assistance
- Connections to Community Resources
Anyone in need from the Mahoning Valley and surrounding communities.
To see those in crisis move toward self-sufficiency by meeting both tangible and spiritual needs while recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person.
- Peggy S.
I loved the nutrition class at Big Reach and I learned a lot. I would love to see more people do the classes and I will tell everyone about doing them. God bless Big Reach.
Our programs and community partnerships that touch the lives of the people in the Valley.
- Diaper Distribution
In partnership with Project MKC , we are able to supply our registered families with diapers on a monthly basis during our food distributions. Emergency diapers can also be supplied on request.
- Emergency Clothing
We provide emergency clothing for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. We will also take clothing requests through our CONTACT page for individual needs or for those connected to organizations, group homes, or shelters where a need may arise. These will be filled based on availability and pick-up will be arranged when request is filled.
- Food & Clothing Distribution
BRCOH assists hundreds of individuals and families through our food and clothing distributions. When people come to BRCOH, they will receive a warm welcome, prayer and conversation, a connection to community resources, pre-loved clothing and household items, and a shopping cart full of groceries from our food pantry. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. Your contributions help us fight hunger in our own community.
- Food for Thought
Food for Thought is our weekend food program that supports local districts with more than 8,000 food bags per year. School nurses and teachers regularly see children coming to school hungry. Studies show that children who eat sufficiently over the weekends have better attention and higher grades during the week at school.
Our Food for Thought bags are designed to serve nutritious food for the weekend to children in need. Items such as oatmeal, fruit, pudding cups, juice boxes, granola bars and instant macaroni & cheese are included. An invitation to BRCOH’s weekly food and clothing distribution is also included in every bag. We believe this program helps students focus on school rather than hunger. You are invited to partner with us in making an impact directly to the students in our community. It only takes $5 to feed a child for the weekend, $20 for a month, or $200 for the year. Will you help us sustain this program and continue making an impact on students in our communities?
- Food/Product Rescue
Every week, BRCOH rescues food from local restaurants, bakeries and hospitals. Rather than food being wasted, we recover edible but not “sellable” food product or goods for our distributions. This product is then weighed, sorted and divided into family sized portions and distributed weekly.
Thank you to our community partners in food rescue!
- Bob Evans (Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Salem)
- Bread Chef (Boardman)
- Chipotle (Austintown)
- Classic Bakery (Boardman)
- Das Dutch Haus (Columbiana)
- Gordon Food Service (Boardman)
- Giant Eagle (Salem)
- Hogan’s Bakery (Columbiana)
- Long John Silver (Austintown)
- Olive Garden (Boardman)
- Outback Steakhouse (Boardman)
- Panera (Canfield)
- Pizza Hut (Columbiana, Salem)
- Salem Regional Medical Center (Salem)
- Walmart (Boardman)
- Go & Do
Go & Do is an extended accountability program in which those receiving assistance are automatically enrolled. BRCOH is committed to meeting people where they are and being a resource for taking their next step. After consideration of individual circumstances, credits toward assistance will be issued based on participation in volunteer service, recovery and counseling, continuing education, job-readiness training, on-site classes, and more!
- Toy Drive
Each year, a Christmas Toy Drive is held. Our registered families have the chance to visit a Christmas room and choose a gift for each child in their home, in addition to the food and clothing assistance offered regularly.
- Work Site
Through a partnership with Mahoning and Columbiana County Educational Service Centers, students with special needs attend BRCOH as a part of their work-site curriculum. Through sorting clothing, packing food, or separating donations, we strive to provide students with a unique and friendly environment for their educational requirements and work experience.