Food Pantries & Free Meals
Many food banks and food pantries require a referral from HandsOn Central Ohio (FoodLink). Please call 2-1-1 for more information.
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
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
Free breakfast and lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Call for serving times. All are welcome.
640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
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
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
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
- 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
- 3723 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
- 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
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
HandsOn Central Ohio Foodlink
Foodlink 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. 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
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
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
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
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
Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI)
Provides five-day supplies 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Franklin County
- Union County
- Hands On Central Ohio 2-1-1
St. Stephen’s Community House
Their food pantry is open Monday through Friday, in the afternoon. Individuals should bring a photo ID.
1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
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
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
Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)
Their food pantry serves Westerville School District residents. They provide a six-day supply of food to eligible individuals. When school is not in session, they offer the Kids Lunch Club. Call Hands On Central Ohio for a referral.
175 East Broadway, Westerville Ohio 43081
2-1-1 or (614) 899-0196
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
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 Food Pantries
Click below for a list of food pantries in Fairfield County.
108 West Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
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
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