The Open Shelter provides dinner and other emergency needs. Dinner is served through the Manna Cafe’. Call for serving times and days. They also provide holiday assistance, emergency assistance, and host their Heart of the City CDF Freedom Schools’ summer program.
501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Heart of the City Freedom School: broadstreetumc.net/hocfs
Central Community House is a neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Works with schools, community organizations, faith-based groups and child care providers throughout Ohio to increase participation in USDA child nutrition programs. In addition, they fight hunger and poor nutrition with education, physical activity resources (like their CATCH Physical Fitness Program) and supplemental resources for caregivers, parents and children.
Columbus Location: 1105 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
This program provides free clothing and household items to families in need, affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus, youth development, health coaching, low cost bike repairs and more. Go online to find out more information about different programs.
946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Faith-based organization that serves low-income, homeless, and under-served individuals and families. They provide free, routine outpatient health and wellness services through the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, hot meals and pre-packed lunches for kids, after school programs, holiday help, back-to-school supply giveaways, and homeless prevention resources.
38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Their summer lunch program provides free lunches throughout Columbus. Kids ages 1 to 18 can call to find the summer food site closest to them. Some people with disabilities age 19 to 21 are also eligible. Kids can stop by the open sites and get a free breakfast or lunch June through August.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Offers many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Families of Southeast Columbus are provided with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays and work to prevent homelessness. They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428 ext. 240
Serves residents of Dublin (zip codes 43016 and 43017) and all residents who live in the Dublin City School District. They are a walk-in pantry so no referral is required.
81 West Bridge Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Click below for a list of food pantries in Fairfield County.
108 West Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Represents pantries and social service agencies in Licking County who distribute food or provide on-site feeding programs for the needy. Call or go online to find out locations and hours.
1035 Brice Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
Provides information about food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, emergency assistance and much more. Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Individuals can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.
GRIN is a community wide, faith-based organization committed to helping the residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need with a “hand-up”. They help provide food, children’s clothing, rent and utility assistance, school supplies, holiday gifts and meals, and summer lunches.
165 Granville Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
GWCF promotes family stability and empowerment through educational, social and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities. They offer mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, scholarships to graduating high school seniors, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items, financial literacy classes, and more.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Columbus Recreation and Parks’ Summer Food Program offers free, nutritionally balanced meals during the summer months. Their website provides ‘ready-to-find’ summer lunch spots and food pantries. Search by location.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone is a faith-based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include a teen club, teen free store, basketball at their gym, their no-cost Westside CDF (Children’s Defense Fund) Freedom School, mentoring program, produce distribution, free legal clinic and more.
Westgate United Methodist Church
61 South Powell Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
This comprehensive information and referral service connects those in need with thousands of social service, government and community resources. They help find a solution to any need. Free and confidential, available throughout Franklin County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Information Referral: 2-1-1
Homeless Hotline: (888) 474-3587
Foodline: (614) 341-2281 or text (614) 702-7772
HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services: 211centralohio.org
HandsOn Volunteer Central Ohio: volunteercentralohio.org/#
HEART is set up as a choice pantry where families from the Greater Reynoldsburg Area can choose from open shelves once per month. Neighbors are served by appointment only. To set up an appointment, call or text (614) 600-6065 and leave a message.
6475 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
Provides eligible individuals with canned and boxed food, bread, produce, and personal care items, as well as utility assistance. They offer assistance to residents who live in the Hilliard City School District.
5454 Franklin Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
St. John’s Episcopal Church serves a Wednesday evening meal, during September through June, to those in need in the Franklinton area. Churches of several denominations from all over the city take turns providing food and services for these meals.
1003 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
Provide case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs for a diverse group of people.
700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
HEAP: (866) 747-1038
Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1040
Provides limited financial assistance for water and fuel for low-income people whose utilities have been shut-off or have a shut-off notice. Also, offers grocery items, infant formula, clothing, coats and blankets.
578 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers language classes, basic computer classes, citizenship classes, immigration services, employment services, housing assistance, basic living needs, after school programs for youth ages 5-13, Lao events and more.
1160 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Working with Central Ohio organizations and community partnerships, they provide hands-on educational services for children and adults on what healthful food is, where their food comes from, how to grow food and cook food. They also work with communities in need to help them access healthy and affordable foods.
633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
LLM is a faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. Services include:
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Provides shelter to men, women and veterans and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. In addition, they offer case management, employment assistance and a health center to help clients overcome barriers to self sufficiency.
245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Delivers food to more than 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and after school programs in central and eastern Ohio. On their website they also provide client resources and information on additional assistance offered to individuals and families.
3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Neighborhood Bridges is a charitable organization in Westerville whose purpose is to match up families in need with local businesses, volunteers and service organizations who are willing to provide help. Visit the website for more information on requesting help. They help with food, tutoring, reading assistance, volunteering and clothing / supplies.
PO Box 2635, Westerville, Ohio 43086
Offers assistance programs, with their primary service area including 43201, 43202, 43210 and 43211. Services also include: food pantry, free clothing to children and adults, monthly free fresh produce markets, free tax preparation with American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), back to school programs, Holiday Food programs, Christmas Gift Adoptions program, and Ohio Benefit Bank services.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Serves breakfast every Sunday morning. Individuals also leave breakfast with a sack lunch for later in the day. They serve a hot dinner on the last Sunday of each month. Call for serving times.
25 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
A one-stop place where Ohioans with a low to moderate income can check eligibility for benefits such as child care help, home energy assistance, free tax preparation services and children’s health care insurance. Click on QuickCheck to find out if you are eligible for benefits. Once determining eligibility, you can find a Benefit Bank near where you live.
101 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Their website offers a lot of information about free and reduced price meals at schools, child care centers, summer programs and for individuals who have mental or physical disabilities. Some of the nutrition assistance programs include: Child and Adult Care Food Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Summer Food Service Program and more.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps) and the Ohio EBT Farmers’ Market Program.
30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 852-0010 or (614) 466-4815
Farmers’ markets increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in city neighborhoods and offer healthy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Click below for a list of markets throughout town. Many of them accept cash, credit card, WIC benefits and the Ohio Direction EBT Card (food stamps).
Provides home delivered meals, nutritional counseling, food pantry services and lunches for men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Locate the service center serving your neighborhood, and click for a list of zip codes served by each food pantry. Call Hands On Central Ohio or the county lines listed below for a referral. Hours vary by location.
Offers programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a free summer lunch program, a free Family ESL Program including ESL classes for adults and academic support for children, a legal clinic, a monthly job readiness clinic, winter coat store and more.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
South Side Roots is owned and operated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The program includes a pay-what-you-can cafe, an affordable fresh foods market, a weekly community meal, and a Kids Cafe meal program for students at South Side Learning & Development Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus.
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Serves brown bag lunches Monday through Friday. All are welcome. Call for serving times.
200 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
After school programs, summer programs, youth employment programs, tutoring and early childhood care from ages 6 weeks old to 4 years old are provided for at-risk youth living in the Linden area. They also have a Choice Food Pantry, community garden, bike loan program, Christmas gift programs and family services.
1500 East Seventeenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
Stowe Mission is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community kitchen, tutoring, adult literacy and GED prep classes; school supply giveaway, Christmas toy giveaway, food pantry, pregnancy support; vision, dental, eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mount Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, and family events.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center: stoweprc.org
Offers ESL and citizenship classes, tutoring for grades 2-12 students and GED prep. They also provide a free legal clinic and host a weekly soup kitchen and pantry.
3750 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43228
The Open Shelter provides, directly or by referral, emergency shelter and assistance for homeless and marginally housed persons in Central Ohio; as well as, coordinated, supportive services, and transitional and/or permanent housing, enabling homeless and marginally housed persons to achieve maximum participation in the community.
61 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The website provides food and nutrition information and resources for providers and families. FNS works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs like:
FNS Midwest Regional Office: 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604
Works to transform vacant sites in underserved neighborhoods into productive, sustainable urban farms. They provide food insecure residents access to fresh, local produce, jobs and job training, and opportunities for civic engagement. They currently run the Clarfield Farm and Wheatland Farm.
Clarfield Farm: 3220 Groveport Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Wheatland Farm: 116 North Wheatland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Offers after-school, in-school and summer youth programs, family needs assistance, reentry programs, counseling services, drug treatment, crisis intervention and more. Visit the website for a detailed description of their services.
510 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry, provide free clothing and bedding sheets, free medical and vision care, clinical counseling, and Literacy Now tutoring program.
3964 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Offers a variety of services and programs some include an early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free health clinic and free legal clinic, as well as immigration counseling services. Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), Ohio Benefit Bank counseling, programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
Located inside Indian Run United Methodist Church, the Welcome Warehouse offers programs to assist Dublin area families who are temporarily in need. Those programs include: Adopt-A-Family, Welcome Warehouse Free Shop, Mobile Free Shops, Bed Donation Program, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
WARM provides a six-day supply of food to income-eligible residents of the Westerville City School district. During the summer when school is not in session, they offer the Kids Lunch Club. Call Hands On Central Ohio at 2-1-1 for an appointment.
150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 889-0196 or 2-1-1 HandsOn
WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to 5 years of age with nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, formula and food vouchers. They provide a WIC Nutrition (EBT) Card to use at grocery stores.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Distributes food and personal items to people in need in the Worthington School District. They also provide information and referrals. Call for hours.
445 Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085