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
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
Heart of the City Freedom School: broadstreetumc.net/hocfs
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
This program 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. 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
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
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
Go Lunch!: golunch.club
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.’
(614) 252-6428, ext. 240
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.
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
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
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
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
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
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
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
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
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
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Apply online at: odjfsbenefits.ohio.gov
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).
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.
Link to Family Thrift Store list: co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/family-stores-in-central-ohio
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
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
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
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
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
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 (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
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
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
HandsOn: (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772
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 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