STOW – As a part of its initiative, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the owners of The Great Harvest Bread Co. are giving away free loaves of bread throughout April to help those who are struggling economically.

All through the year, owners Carl and Nancy May give bread that is left on the shelves to places like Kent Social Services and food pantries, said Nancy May.

"But now with so many businesses closed due to the coronavirus, many are struggling financially," Nancy said.

Customers who come into the store are invited to make a $5 donation to provide a loaf of bread for a family in need. Some customers have been buying extra bread to give to neighbors or friends in need, but many want to help and don’t have someone in mind.

Twice a week, Carl and Nancy will add up the donations and bake the extra loaves of bread. They will put a cart outside the door of the store on Wednesday and Friday mornings between 11 and noon when it is cool enough to slice and bag. Anyone who could use a loaf of free bread is welcome to come pick one up.

Nancy, who has co-owned the 21-year-old store with her husband for about a year, said the company started setting out the loaves of bread on April 3.

"We have been getting lots of donations so we hope to get lots of families coming to pick it up," she said.

Great Harvest Bread Co. is at 4058 Fishcreek Road in Stow.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423,, or @AprilKHelms_RPC