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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 Manna Cafe & Open Shelter

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
(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

Church & Community Development for All People (CD4AP)

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.
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 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.

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

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
(614) 645-3642
columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/Free-Meal-Programs
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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

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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, 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

Go Lunch!

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
(614) 645-3642
golunch.club

Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone

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
(614) 398-1230
hilltopshalomzone.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) 341-2281 or text (614) 702-7772

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

Helpline of Delaware & Morrow Counties

Click for a helpful list of 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

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

IMPACT Community Action

Provide case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs for a diverse group of people.

  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps households prevent energy service disruptions, restore disconnected services, and/or secure seasonal heating and cooling energy needs.
  • The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) serves income-eligible households in Franklin County by providing a one-time payment toward a utility bill if service is in threat of disconnection, is terminated, is new service, or if the service is being transferred.
  • The Emergency Assistance Program provides financial and material support on behalf of customers in crisis situations, including homelessness prevention, home furnishings, and critical transportation needs.
  • Fresh Produce Giveaway Program
  • The HEAP Summer Crisis Program (SCP) provides electric utility assistance and/or free air conditioners and/or fans to income-eligible households Franklin County.
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program provides a five-week training to help dislocated and disadvantaged workers secure and maintain employment.
  • The REACH Program is for ages 16 to 24, who currently are not enrolled in school and are not employed. The program consists of a 10-Week Bootcamp, which will offer program participants paid work experiences, career-specific certifications, work readiness training, computer literacy, financial literacy, life skills and employability coaching.
  • Re-Entry Work Readiness Program teaches critical skills and techniques to ex-offenders who are within one year of release from incarceration.

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 252-2799
HEAP: (866) 747-1038
Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1040
impactca.org

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.
578 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-2530
colsdioc.org/Offices/DeptforCatholicCharitiesSocialConcerns/JOIN.aspx

Lao Volunteer Donation Association

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

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) Faith Mission

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
(614) 224-6617
lssnetworkofhope.org/faithmission

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

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

New Life United Methodist Church

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
(614) 294-0134
newlifeunitedmethodist.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
(800) 648-1176
ohiobenefits.org

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
(877) 852-0010 or (614) 466-4815
jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/index.stm

Project Open Hand Columbus (POHC)

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
(614) 298-8334
lifecarealliance.org/project-openhand.html

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

South Side Roots

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
(614) 468-9300
southsideroots.org

St. Lawrence Haven

Serves brown bag lunches Monday through Friday. All are welcome. Call for serving times.
200 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-0799
vincentianvoice.org/programs.html

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

The Open Shelter

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
(614) 222-2885
theopenshelter.org

Victory Ministries Center of Hope

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
(614) 252-2500
victorycoh.org

Welcome Warehouse

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
(614) 726-6958
welcomewarehouse.org

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)

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
www.warmwesterville.org

Worthington Food Pantry & Resource Center (WFPRC)

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
(614) 985-1766
worthingtonresourcepantry.org