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Food Pantries & Free Meals

Please note:

Many food banks and food pantries require a referral from HandsOn Central Ohio (FoodLink). Please call 2-1-1 for more information.

Franklin County

Broad Street United Methodist Church Manna Cafe & Open Shelter

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
(614) 221-4571

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center

Offers up to a 7 day supply of food for anyone in need living in zip codes 43214 or 43202. Individuals should bring a recent piece of mail to prove their residence and to see if they qualify for further assistance.
14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539

Community Kitchen

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

Dublin Food Pantry

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

Faith Mission

Serves hundreds of meals a day in the soup kitchen, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the year.
315 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6617

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Go online to the Community Portal to access valuable information ranging from food assistance, cash assistance, medical information, job training, child care, and much more.

  • 1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • 3723 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 233-2703
  • 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

Gladden Community House

Their food pantry is open Monday through Friday to those living in the Franklinton area (43223, 43222 and 43215 zip codes). Residents should bring identification and recent mail as proof of address. A public health nurse and a caseworker from Franklin County Job & Family Services are also available on certain days.  Contact for hours of operation.
318 South Glenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 228-2498

HandsOn Central Ohio Foodline

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

His Place Dinners

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


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
(800) 227-6446

St. Lawrence Haven

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
(614) 228-0799

Joint Organization for Inner City Needs (JOIN)

Offers grocery items on a walk-in basis to families and children in need Monday through Friday. Individuals should bring verification of income and identification for all household members.
578 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 241-2530

Mid-Ohio Foodbank

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
(614) 274-7770

Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI)

Provides 7-day supply of food once a month for residents of the 43201, 43202 and 43210 zip codes. Services require a photo ID and proof of address for adults and an ID for children living in the home (such as a birth certificate or medical card). The pantry is open Mondays through Thursdays.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 297-0592

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

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. Follow the link below to access QuickCheck, an easy online way of finding out if you are eligible for benefits. Once determining eligibility, you can find a Benefit Bank near where you live.
51 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 648-1176

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (ODJFS)

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

Project Open Hand

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

Open Shelter

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
(614) 222-2885

Reynoldsburg Helping Hands

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
(614) 868-9394

Salvation Army Food Pantries

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.

  • Delaware County
    (740) 369-5301
  • Franklin County
    (614) 341-2282
  • Union County
    (937) 738-7604
  • Hands On Central Ohio 2-1-1

St. Stephen’s Community House

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
(614) 294-6347

United Methodist Free Store

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
(614) 443-1713

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, Clothing Warehouse, Furniture Match Program, Multi-lingual and Mobile Computer Labs, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.  Call for details.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio  43016
(614) 726-6958

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)

Provides limited financial assistance for utility bills, rent,  and a food pantry to residents in the Westerville school district.   They provide a six-day supply of food to eligible individuals. When school is not in session, they offer the Kids Lunch Club. Call HandsOn Central Ohio for a referral.
150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 889-0196 or 2-1-1 HandsOn

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

Delaware County

Helpline of Delaware County

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

Fairfield County

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

Licking County

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.
823 Steele Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 344-7401