The Rittman HarvestCall Distribution Center is supported by the Rittman, Smithville, Akron, and Mansfield Apostolic Christian congregations.
The original warehouse and project facility was 12,000 sq.ft. In 2013, a 7,200 sq.ft. addition was added.
In a typical year, two meat canning sessions occur. Each session will see approximately 34,000 pounds of raw meat, usually turkey or pork, processed into some 20,000 28 oz. cans of USDA approved product.
The packaged meal program provides 5 and 10 meal bags of Vegetable Barley Soup and Rice Pilaf for distribution to disaster areas, local food pantries, and on overseas shipments.
A recycling program reclaims food grade buckets from a local ice cream plant. These buckets are washed and sorted, providing a steady supply of containers in which to ship food items.
Local Food Distribution
Many pallets of food are distributed locally through food pantries and other relief organizations. This food includes items that have been packaged at the center as well as food that has been donated by corporations.
Shipments of Food Items
A number of shipments are sent from the center with a final destination in another country. This includes sea containers that are loaded here as well as truck loads of product that will be assembled for shipment at another location. Among the list of destinations in recent years have been shipments to Haiti, Nicaragua, and Kenya. Local drivers also haul goods among the distribution centers in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois on a regular basis.
Yes, It Gets There!
Photos and letters of gratitude provide reassurance that these programs and products are reaching their intended destinations.
The Rittman Center also includes a sewing room. Sewing projects were the foundational motivation of World Relief since its inception and continue to reflect the core values of Apostolic Christian HarvestCall.
Distribution Center Location
From Rittman Church, south 1 mile on Benner Rd, turn right (west) on SR 585. In ½ mile, SR 585 curves to left, but go straight on Pleasant Home Rd. Distribution Center is first building on left (south).