Nearly 2,000 volunteers showed up to chip in at this year's Operation Orange at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

The 24-hour event is a celebration of Hunger Action Month, and brings together volunteers to help process donated foods to fight hunger in the region.

Starting at noon on Friday, volunteers worked in 2-hour shifts through Saturday at noon.

Organizers say volunteering provides its own reward for those who participate.

"When you're at home tonight sitting with your family, and you have a tableful of food, you know doggone well that somebody else does because of the work you did here at the food bank," said Matt Petrick, manager of Operations at Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

This year's volunteers inspected, packaged and labeled approximately 200,000 pounds of produce, 1,000 cases of fruit-nut mix and 25,000-50,000 pounds of frozen meat.

Volunteers included large groups from FedEx Custom Critical, Smuckers, the University of Akron and Akron Children's Hospital.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank provides food and other essentials to hunger-relief programs in Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, visit