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Andrews House

This community service center provides various free programs and services like dinners, a legal clinic, a mobile food market, computer classes, a summer lunch program and more.
39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 369-4520
andrewshouse.org

Broad Street United Methodist Church (UMC) Outreach

Provide holiday assistance, housing and emergency assistance, free dinner and host a free summer program through CDF Freedom Schools. Call for serving times and days.
501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 221-4571
broadstreetumc.net/ministries/serving-others
Heart of the City Freedom School: broadstreetumc.net/hocfs

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:

  • Early Education Child Care Center: Education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Basic/emergency needs assistance and referrals, community organizing and advocacy, family/household support programs, a community computer lab, community dinners/block parties, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Youth and Family Services: Personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool programs, summer youth enrichment programs, including summer employment; and other youth, teen, and family activities, including tutoring, mentoring, and fun activities including Transit Arts.

1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.org

Children’s Hunger Alliance

Works with schools, community organizations, faith-based groups and child care providers throughout Ohio to increase participation in USDA child nutrition programs.
Columbus Location: 1105 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 341-7700
childrenshungeralliance.org

Church & Community Development for All People (CD4AP) & All People’s Fresh Market

This faith-based organization provides free produce, 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. They also have the All People’s Fresh Market, which has free fresh food 5 days a week. Go online to find out more information about different programs.
Physical Address: 946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6063, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
4allpeople.org

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

  • The CRC Family Services help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation.
  • The Youth Services – Kids Club is an afterschool program for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework help, 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.

Office: 3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
Food Pantry: 14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539
clintonvillecrc.org

Columbus Dream Center

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
columbusdreamcenter.org

Columbus Recreation & Parks Department Free Meal Program

Provides free breakfast and lunch throughout Columbus. Youth ages 1 to 18 and youth with disabilities age 19 to 21 are eligible. Kids can stop by the open sites and get a free breakfast or lunch June through August. Visit their website Go, Lunch! or call to find summer lunch spots and food pantries.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-3642
columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/Free-Meal-Programs
Go Lunch!golunch.club
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Community Kitchen

Offers free meals, phone services, referrals for the food pantry and other local services, and personal care packages. They have a ‘no questions asked policy.’

  • Main Site: Community Kitchen
    640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Satellite Site: St Dominic’s Church
    453-455 North 20th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

(614) 252-6428, ext. 240
communitykitchencolumbus.org

Dublin Food Pantry

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
(614) 889-6590
dublinfoodpantry.org

Fairfield County Food Pantries

Click below for a list of food pantries in Fairfield County.
108 West Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 687-0500
fairfieldcounty211.org

Food Pantry Network of Licking County

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
(740) 344-7401
foodpantrynetwork.net

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

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.

  • East Opportunity Center
    1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Opportunity Center
    1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2417
  • West Opportunity Center
    314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

(614) 233-2000
jfs.franklincountyohio.gov

Gahanna Residents In Need (GRIN)

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 through their food pantry (by appointment), children’s clothing, rent and utility assistance, school supplies, holiday gifts and meals, and summer lunches.
165 Granville Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 214-4747
grin4gahanna.org

Gertrude Wood Community Foundation (GWCF)

Offer mentoring programs for youth ages 10-18, annual school supply giveaways, provide free fresh produce and food items; financial literacy classes, and community-based services and affordable housing for youth and families living in the Driving Park Area and surrounding communities.
975 Bulen Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 252-7456
gwoodfoundation.com

Gladden Community House

  • Youth Services & Preschool – Provide educational intervention led by licensed social workers through small group, individual, and family sessions to help children develop important life skills; as well as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
  • Gladden Food Pantry – 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.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance, access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit and help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless. They also offer case management services, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes.

183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600
gladdenhouse.org

HandsOn Central Ohio

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) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772

handsoncentralohio.org
HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services: 211centralohio.org
HandsOn Volunteer Central Ohio: volunteercentralohio.org/#

HEART (Helping Eastside & Reynoldsburg neighbors Today) Food Pantry

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
(614) 600-6065
heartfoodpantry.org

Helpline of Delaware & Morrow Counties

Visit the website for resources in Delaware County, including food pantries, meals and free clothing. Call for 24-hour help.
11 North Franklin Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
2-1-1 or (800) 684-2324 or Text “helpline” to 898211
helplinedelmor.org

Hilliard Food Pantry

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
(614) 363-4159
hilliardfoodpantry.org

His Place Community Dinner

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
(614) 221-9328
st-johns-columbus.org/our-ministries

IMPACT Community Action

Provide income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed, workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • HEAP Assistance & Central Intake: (866) 747-1038
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program & Re-entry Work Readiness: (614) 252-2799
  • HWAP & AEP Program: (614) 453-1603 or (614) 453-1691
  • Rental, Household Item & Water Utility Assistance: (866) 747-1040
  • Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 453-1708
  • Computer Literacy: (614) 453-1616
  • Financial Services: (614) 453-1620
  • Youth Program/AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1659 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp

Joint Organization for Inner-City Needs (JOIN)

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. Makes referrals to community agencies who assist in the prevention of repeat crises.
578 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-2530
columbuscatholic.org/join

Lao Volunteer Donation Association

Offers language classes, basic computer classes, citizenship classes, immigration services, employment services, housing assistance, produce giveaways and after school programs for youth ages 5-13.
1160 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 596-5169
laovda.com

Local Matters

Offers interactive public events, programs, hands-on cooking classes, gardening workshops, and holds community conversations about food and culture for youth, adults and families. The classes are for all, regardless of ability to pay or skill level.
633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 263-5662
local-matters.org

Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC) & Jubilee Market & Cafe

Program: offers a wide range of services for the entire family including, comprehensive primary care, OB/GYN, dental, vision, behavioral health, pharmacy (prescriptions are available at reduced cost), nutrition and spiritual care
Eligibility: males and females; infants, children and adults
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Medicare), private insurance, sliding fee scale for those without insurance
Jubilee Market and Cafe is non-profit grocery store for everyone. They offer a percentage discount on fresh produce for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.
1160 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 274-1455
llchc.org
Jubilee Market & Cafe: llchc.org/home/jubilee-market-and-cafe

Lower Lights Ministries (LLM)

A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, free meals, leadership training; tutoring, mentoring and youth programs. They also provide housing, finance, employment, education, life coaching and addiction recovery services. Visit the website for more information on the programs they offer.
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 228-3855
lowerlights.org

Lutheran Social Services (LSS)

Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women facing domestic violence and their children, disaster response coordination and disaster preparedness training, transitional job training and more. They reach 29 counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 228-5200
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
lssnetworkofhope.org
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations

MASH (Military & Service Heroes) Pantry

Provides food, clothing, personal hygiene items, emotional support and other resources to veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, military families and survivors.
Physical Address: Victorious Living Christian Center
2375 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Mailing Address: 829 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 522-1555
mashpantry.org

Mid-Ohio Foodbank

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 resources and information for individuals and families on additional food assistance.
3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 274-7770
midohiofoodbank.org

Neighborhood Bridges

A charitable organization that helps match families in need with local businesses, volunteers and service organizations that offer resources such as food, tutoring, volunteering, clothing, supplies and more.
200 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085

Neighborhood Services (NSI)

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
(614) 297-0592
neighborhoodservicesinc.org

Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB)

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
Consumer Assistance Hotline: (800) 648-1176
ohiobenefits.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Food & Nutrition

Their website offers a lot of information for providers about free and reduced price meals at schools, child care centers, summer programs and for individuals who have mental or physical disabilities.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) Office of Family Assistance

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
(614) 233-2000 or (866) 244-0071
jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/index.stm
Apply online at: odjfsbenefits.ohio.gov

Ohio Proud Farmers’ Market Search

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).
ohioproud.org/farm-markets-all/farmers-market-search

Project Open Hand Columbus (POHC)

Provides home delivered meals, nutritional counseling, food pantry services and lunches for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 298-8334
lifecarealliance.org/project-openhand

Salvation Army

Offer various services for Central Ohio families throughout the year. Their services include: an in-residence rehabilitation program, after school learning centers for youth to get tutoring and homework help, job help, Christmas assistance; free meals and produce giveaways, furniture assistance, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.

  • Administrative Office
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 221-6561
  • Chapel at Worthington Woods Worship and Service Center
    760 Worthington Woods Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085
    (614) 846-1884
  • Citadel Worship and Service Center
    3662 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
    (614) 262-9611
  • Delaware Worship and Service Center
    340 Lake Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 369-5301
  • East Main Worship and Service Center
    966 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 253-6811
  • Hilltop Worship and Service Center
    2300 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 274-7600

co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Offers free programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a summer lunch program for children, ESL classes, 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
(614) 586-7939
son-ministries.org

South Side Roots

Provides 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. It is owned and operated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9300
southsideroots.org

St. Stephen’s Community House

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
(614) 294-6347
saintstephensch.org

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

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
(614) 445-8400
stowemission.org
Stowe Pregnancy Resource Center: stoweprc.org

The Bridge

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
(614) 272-2949
thebridge.io

Urban Farms of Central Ohio

Provide access to fresh, local food, jobs and job training, and opportunities for civic engagement to residents in undeserved neighborhoods. 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
(614) 274-7770
urbanfarmsofcentralohio.org

Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program of Franklin County (UMADAOPFC)

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
(614) 227-9694
umadaopfc.com

Victory Ministries Center of Hope

In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry (appointment required), 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
(614) 252-2500
victorycoh.org

Vineyard Community Center

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
(614) 259-5500
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (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 HandsOn Central Ohio at (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772 for your first appointment.
150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 889-0196
HandsOn: (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772
warmwesterville.org

Women, Infants & Children (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

  • City of Columbus WIC: (614) 645-7280
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital WIC: (614) 722-2685
  • Call to find WIC clinic in Ohio: (800) 755-4769

www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/ns/wicn/wic1.aspx

Worthington Food Pantry & Resource Center (WFPRC)

Distributes food and personal items to people in need living in the Worthington School District (zip codes 43016, 43065, 43081, 43085, 43229 and 43235). They also provide information and referrals. Call for hours.
445 Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Food Pantry: 6700 Huntley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 985-1766
worthingtonresourcepantry.org