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Church and 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, 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

Columbus Public Health Food Protection Program

Licenses and inspects retail food businesses including grocery stores, restaurants, bars, delis, convenience stores, vending machines, food carts, and all food sold at fairs and festivals. Their website has information about inspection reports and food borne illness reporting.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-8191

Columbus Public Health Healthy Children, Healthy Weights

Dietitians provide free classes on how to modify children’s menus, daily routines, and environments to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. The program is geared toward parents and child care providers of children from birth to kindergarten. Their website also has information about ways to stay active, healthy drinks for kids and more.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417

Columbus Recreation & Parks Department Lunch 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) 645-3300

Community Gardening: Growing to Green Program

Community gardens improve the quality of life for people by adding beauty to a neighborhood and giving community members a way to improve physical activity and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Gardeners can eat and share the food they grow or sell it at community markets. The Franklin Park Conservatory Growing to Green Program has more information about some of these community gardens in central Ohio.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000

Farmers’ Markets in Central Ohio

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).

Feeding Your Kids

The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s, partnering with University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital offers a free 45-day text and email-based program that addresses the real life challenges of feeding kids and teenagers. Contact directly for more information.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4824

Fresh Foods Here (FFH)

Partners with small grocers and corner stores in your neighborhood to sell fresh produce and other healthy foods, improving access to healthy foods and helping make the healthy choice the easy choice. FFH partners with stores in five Columbus Neighborhoods: the Near East Side, Franklinton and the Hilltop, Linden, and the South Side. Visit the website to find all the store locations.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-2798


The Good4Growth program offers online toolkits to educate the community on the issues of obesity and other negative health outcomes, by offering offering ways to support a healthy diet, creative play, and a creative environment for children’s development and growth. They have many practical tips on nutrition and staying healthy and active.
7000 Cardinal Place, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 757-5000

Kids Health

This website offers a broad range of information on many topics for parents:

Local Matters

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
(614) 263-5662

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition

Offers families a comprehensive approach to weight management. Their website has helpful information and resources for families and providers. Go online to learn more about investigational studies, bariatric surgery, the BMI calculator and how to schedule appointments with their staff of dieticians, physicians and recreational therapists.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6200

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Clinical Nutrition & Lactation

The experts in nutrition and lactation care can help patients with diagnosis, treatment and support.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-3080

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Happy Healthy Preschoolers

A free program for parents of children ages 1 to 6 to learn about choosing healthy foods for their children and ways to keep them active. One-hour sessions are taught by community volunteers once per week for 6 weeks. Visit their website for a list of program dates and locations throughout Columbus.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-3503

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health E-Hints

Health e-Hints is a free, unique e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you’ll only get the articles that are relevant to your family. The newsletter is completely customized just for you!
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find age appropriate and medically reviewed health articles, breaking news, games, quizzes, health movies and much more for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000

Ohio Action for Healthy Kids

Go online to find programs in Franklin County for help in choosing the right foods, getting good medical advice, finding physical activity programs that address weight loss and more. Parents can search by zip code or category.
370 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 341-7700

Ohio Department of Education Food & Nutrition

Their food and nutrition resource page has helpful links to websites of state and national associations relating to food and nutrition.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Offers free money management/financial education workshops, HUD-certified, City of Columbus approved homebuyer education, nutritional education programs (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed); community 4-H Youth Development clubs, school enrichment, after-school and STEM programming for a minimal fee, urban agriculture education programs and more.
Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 866-6900

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of OSU Extension handouts and resources, covering a wide array of subjects such as agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, and youth development.

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181

OSU College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Their Ohioline website has a lot of information about general nutrition, breastfeeding, food safety, health and many other topics.
2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181

Ounce of Prevention

The online handouts have a lot of useful nutritional information for parents of tweens and teens.
700 Childrens’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4958 or (614) 722-2861

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

1900 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
(212) 595-3456
To view their additional toolkit:

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Services

Team Nutrition is an initiative that provides nutrition education to children and their caregivers. Their website has resources for kids and families to eat healthy and stay active.
3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302
(703) 305-1624

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Their website has helpful information about food safety, dietary supplements, food ingredients, and nutrition. Click to see federal food safety information, or call their hotline to speak with an expert.
10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20993
(888) 463-6332

We Can!

This national resource for parents and kids ages 8 to 13 helps kids stay at a healthy weight by encouraging healthy eating and increased physical activity.
PO Box 30105, Bethesda, Maryland 20824
(301) 592-8573