NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Members of the Leadership Tuscarawas Class of 2012 are finalizing plans for its class project: Hunt for Hunger Food Drive + Scavenger Hunt. The community food drive and scavenger hunt will benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank with all donations directly benefiting food pantries in Tuscarawas County.

"When our class visited the Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry back in August, it made me realize, especially because of the economy in the county, that more and more people have to cut back and really need help with food," said Shannon Hursey, Leadership Tuscarawas Class member. "I always think, if I were in that position, would someone care enough to help me?"

Throughout the months of March and April, drop-off boxes for donations of non-perishable food items have been in place at the following 26 businesses and organizations throughout the area: Adventure Harley-Davidson in Dover; Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia; Community Mental Healthcare Inc. in Dover; five locations of Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union in Dover, New Philadelphia, Newcomerstown, and Uhrichsville; Dover Public Library in Dover; First Assembly of God Church in New Philadelphia; Hanhart Agency in Dover; Horizons of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties in Dover; Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia; Lauren Manufacturing in New Philadelphia; two locations of Linn-Hert Geib Funeral Home in Dover and New Philadelphia; Plymouth Foam in Gnadenhutten; Society for Equal Access in New Philadelphia; Tuscarawas Board of Developmental Disabilities in New Philadelphia; Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services in New Philadelphia; five locations of Tuscarawas County Public Library in Bolivar, New Philadelphia, Strasburg, Sugarcreek, and Tuscarawas; and Tuscarawas County Senior Center in Dover. Monetary donations may also be made online at www.akroncantonfoodbank.org or by calling 330-535-6900.

The food drive campaign will culminate on Saturday, April 21 with a community scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration will take place between 10 a.m. and noon at Founders Hall on the campus of Kent State University at Tuscarawas. Admission to the scavenger hunt is free with a donation of one of the "Super Six" most needed items: boxed cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned beef stew, or canned soup.

A map with clues to scavenger hunt locations throughout Dover and New Philadelphia will be provided to all participants.

Educational activities will be conducted at several stops, and prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Families are invited to participate in this unique event, which will have participants visiting and learning about key points of interest in our community, including numerous historical sites important in Tuscarawas County history.

"I think our whole class has been inspired through our Leadership Tuscarawas experience to learn more about Tuscarawas County. The scavenger hunt will give members of the community the opportunity to visit some interesting places in the area and to learn more about the community in which they live and work. At the same time, they'll be helping to address the important issue of hunger facing many in the county," said Megan Bender, Leadership Tuscarawas Class member.

For information on the Hunt for Hunger, visit www.facebook.com/huntforhunger.