Community Resources During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
Where Can I Find Reliable Information on Coronavirus?
Food & Meal Resources
- LSS 211 Foodline: (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772; for an online tool visit FreshTrak
- Mid-Ohio Food Bank Help & How to Get Food – find food pantries and help to sign up for food benefits. If you are ill, disabled, or otherwise cannot make it to a pantry yourself, all Mid-Ohio Foodbank partner agencies use a proxy process where you can send someone to pick up food for you (Letter of Proxy in English & Spanish).
- Free Mobile Produce Markets for 2021
- Ohio WIC Directory – provide breastfeeding support, infant formula, food for pregnant and postpartum women and children ages up to age 5 (click here for updated Ohio Authorized WIC Food List)
- Food Assistance (SNAP) – must meet eligibility requirement. Online shopping is available and including Amazon accepts SNAP EBT
- Pandemic EBT – Ohio children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school will soon receive money to buy food through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, call (866) 244-0071 or visit here
- Columbus Blessing Boxes Project – outdoor cabinets in public places that are stocked with non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, baby supplies, and more
- Children’s Hunger Alliance – passing out free meals to children at various sites in Columbus
- Columbus Food Not Bombs – offers fresh produce giveaways and free meals (no questions asked)
- LifeCare Alliance Meals-on-Wheels – for seniors and veterans
- Food Resource List from Columbus Public Health
- Additional Food Pantry List
- Veggie Van Online Market – order lower cost fresh produce with cash, credit/debit, EBT, or Produce Perks and pick up at one of the four locations in Columbus
- USDA National Hunger Hotline: call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) from Monday through Friday to find school meals site in your area
- Franklin County Community Pet Pantry
Housing, Utility, Internet & Shelter Resources
Employment & Financial Help
Individuals & Families
Small Businesses & Nonprofits
Mental Health & Coping Support for Kids & Parents/Caregivers
General Community Resources
- Coordinated Referral Service Organizations
Pregnancy, New Baby & Child Care
Supportive Services for Immigrants, New Americans & Ethnic Minorities
Resources for Children with a Disability or Chronic Health Condition
Fun & Safe Activities for Families
Ways to Help
For Healthcare Providers
Who Can Get Tested for Coronavirus?
Call your doctor to determine if you or your child meet the criteria for testing. Travel history, symptoms and exposures are the most important criteria. The guidelines are changing frequently. Call before going in to seek care, so the healthcare provider’s office can take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. If you are planning on going to the emergency room, please call before arriving. If it’s an emergency, call 911.