Help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation. The Kids Club afterschool program provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework assistance, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills. The Kindship Care Program Supports relative caregivers who have taken custody of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent, and therefore helps them maintain stability in their education.
3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
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 not only cash and credit card, but also WIC coupons and the Ohio Direction Card (food stamps).
Provides information about health insurance coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, child care 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.
Ohio Benefit Application: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/assistance/state-of-ohio-online-benefit-application.cfm
Opportunity Center Info: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/assistance/opportunity-centers
Dinner is served every Wednesday through the Manna Cafe’. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday the Open Shelter provides dinner and other emergency needs. All are welcome. Call for serving times.
501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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 information and supplemental resources for caregivers, parents and children.
1105 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
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
Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Call for serving times. All are welcome. They provide families of Southeast Columbus with referrals to community agencies at their family resource drop-in center on Tuesdays through Fridays. Provides many services and has a ‘no questions asked policy.’ They provide bus passes for transportation to a new job or confirmed medical appointments and referrals to other community agencies. They also provide food to the homeless and work to prevent homelessness.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-6428 ext. 240
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
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
Serves residents of Dublin (zip codes 43016 and 43017). Must have a referral from HandsOn or from a Dublin church or social service agency.
81 West Bridge Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 889-6590 or HandsOn 2-1-1
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.
823 Steele Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
This program provides free clothing and household items to families in need, affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus, an after school program at Lincoln Park Elementary, 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
Provides emergency food assistance to households living within the service area (zip codes 43222, 43223, and 43215). Other services available at the pantry: home delivery to people with disabilities, on-site Ohio Benefit Bank screenings for SNAP/food stamps, and donated diapers made available. Contact for hours of operation.
318 South Glenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Provide educational intervention led by licensed social workers through small group, individual, and family sessions to help children develop important life skills. They have a preschool and their year-round After-School Recreation program offers healthy age-appropriate programming every weekday after-school and throughout the summer. There are free meals each month to children ages 5 to 18. Offers year round team sports for youth K-12 in the Franklinton Community and a traveling summer day camp that explores central Ohio.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Provides callers throughout Ohio with the locations of food pantries and soup kitchens where they can go for a hot meal or a three-day supply of food. Call HandsOn to set up an appointment with a food bank or text (614) 702-7772 for select Southside, Franklinton/Hilltop or North Linden pantries. Their website has an e-guide which lists all of the food pantries.
195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2-1-1 or (614) 341-2282
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
This is an online resource for people in Franklin County who are looking for food assistance. Children’s Hunger Alliance, LifeCare Alliance, LSS Food Pantries and the Mid-Ohio Food Bank make up the Central Ohio Hunger Micro-System and are the organizations joined to provide this information and service about ways to address hunger and poverty.
370 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
Working with Central Ohio organizations and community partnerships, they provide 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
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
Distributes backpacks, writing utensils, paper, calculators, pens, and other school essentials to children in grades K to 12 living in zip codes 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); Holiday Food programs, Christmas Gift Adoptions program, and Ohio Benefit Bank services.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Their food pantry is a part of the OhioHealth Food and Nutrition Center. Call directly for pantry hours. Individuals should bring a photo ID.
1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
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
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
Delivers food to more than 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and after school programs in central and eastern Ohio.
3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
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
Their website offers a lot of information about free and reduced price meals and the National School Lunch Program. It also has information about the fresh fruit and vegetable program, the after school snack program, the school breakfast program and the free and reduced price school meals application.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Indivualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals. Click to access a map of summer food programs throughout Ohio.
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
The food pantry is open to the public Monday through Friday. Call to schedule an appointment or for additional details. Other services include personal hygiene packets and clothing assistance.
61 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provides home delivered meals, nutritional counseling, food pantry services and lunches for people living with HIV and AIDS.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 298-8334 or (614) 278-3130
Provides food help for families in the Reynoldsburg School District. Individuals must bring proof of residence, such as a utility bill. Call for details.
7356 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
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.
Serves brown bag lunches Monday through Friday. All are welcome. Located at the corner of Fifth and Rich Streets, next to Holy Cross Church. Call for serving times.
200 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Serves dinner every Friday and breakfast every Saturday. Call ahead for serving times. Other free food services are offered throughout the week. Services are for anyone in need. They also have a social worker and nurse available once a week.
946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
The National School Lunch Program operates in schools and child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Their website has information about how to apply and income requirements. They also help schools serve meals through their after school snack programs, breakfast programs and summer food programs.
3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302
Ohio: (800) 808-MEAL or (800) 808-6325
WIC provides formula, foods and breastfeeding support to women throughout Ohio who are pregnant, infants and children less than age 5. They provide vouchers to use at grocery stores. Click to find out the specific income guidelines. Click for a list of WIC locations or call for a location near you. Families can fill out a combined application to apply for WIC, Medicaid (Healthy Start & Healthy Families) and the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps in Spanish or English. Click for the Combined Programs Application.
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