NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Members of the Leadership Tuscarawas Class of 2012 recently completed their class project: Hunt for Hunger Food Drive + Scavenger Hunt. The community food drive and scavenger hunt benefited the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank.

Throughout the months of March and April, drop-off boxes for donations of non-perishable food items were in place at 26 businesses and organizations throughout the area. Donations of the "Super Six" most needed items -- boxed cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables, canned beef stew, and canned soup -- were collected. The Hunt for Hunger food drive raised $1,150 in monetary donations and brought in 624 pounds of food for Tuscarawas County food pantries. Monetary donations may still be made online at or by calling 330-535-6900. Reference Leadership Tuscarawas to ensure the donation remains in Tuscarawas County.

The food drive campaign culminated on Saturday, April 21 with a community scavenger hunt. A map with clues to scavenger hunt locations throughout Dover and New Philadelphia was provided to all participants, and activities were conducted at several stops. Prizes were awarded throughout the day to ten of the Hunt for Hunger participants. Families who participated in this unique event were able to visit and learn about key points of interest in our community, including numerous historical sites important in Tuscarawas County history. Admission to the scavenger hunt was free with a donation of a "Super Six" item. For information on the Hunt for Hunger, visit