These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources in and around your neighborhood. They provide detailed listings of free and low cost health care, vision care, dental care, prescription help, food pantries, transportation, job help, transportation, pregnancy resources and much more. They are updated frequently and reviewed by the Columbus Public Health social work team. Please note that CPH does not provide direct monetary assistance, but these lists are helpful in finding community agencies that do provide this assistance.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
Provides free hot meals on Wednesdays. Call for serving times.
501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. They offer soft skills training, employment assistance, financial education training and emergency housing programs to help access rent or mortgage assistance, food nutrition programs, utility services, health care, parenting workshops and more. Additionally they offer afterschool programs, summer programs, and child care for ages six-weeks through five-years-old.
1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
A 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, and back-to-school supply giveaways. They also have shower and laundry times throughout the week and other supportive services for homeless people. Visit the website for contact information.
38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Provides free breakfast and lunch throughout Columbus from June to August, and after-school meals during the school year. Youth ages 1 to 18 and youth with disabilities age 19 to 21 are eligible. Visit the website or call to find summer lunch spots, food pantries or after-school meal locations.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
This faith-based organization provides free produce, clothing and household items to families in need, affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus, youth development, nutrition education and more. They also have two Fresh Market locations, which have free fresh food 5 days a week. 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
All People’s Fresh Market Address: 946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Linden Fresh Market Address: 1464 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
Offers free meals, phone services, personal care packages, and can make referrals to food pantries and other services. They have a ‘no questions asked policy.’
Is a settlement house located in Franklinton on the near west side of Columbus, Ohio. They provide emergency financial assistance (e.g., rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other critical needs), offers access to a mobile medical unit access from The Breathing Association, and case management services. 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, and diapers are available. They also provide educational services such as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Serves those who are homeless and have a substance use disorder by offering services and resources (like mentoring, food, clothing, documentation/ID assistance, laundry and shower services, a cooling and heating station, and more) and making referrals to other community service providers. Visit the website to see all the services and resources they provide.
342 North Hague Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
A faith-based organization that serves individuals, families and Franklinton community members. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, low-income families and individuals, and females with substance use disorders. They also provide free meals, finance, employment, education, life coaching, hair and beauty salon services, as well as host a summer day camp, offer homework help and mentoring for at-risk youth ages 7-17.
Links patients to healthy foods needed to manage and improve health. They provide weekly access to fresh produce at participating locations in Franklin County, Ross County and Pickaway County. By enrolling in Farmacy through your healthcare provider, patients have access to weekly produce for their households. Visit the website for contact information.
Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers 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, Christmas assistance and food meal boxes, housing and rent assistance, utility assistance, help for trafficking survivors and veteran support services. Visit the website for their Family Thrift Store locations in Central Ohio and for more information on each program.
Link to Family Thrift Store list: easternusa.salvationarmy.org/southwest-ohio/central-ohio/thrift-stores
Is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides homework help, after-school programs, and summer day camps for elementary and middle school students. They also host community events and community meals.
Community House: 1635 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227
Mailing Address: PO Box 65, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Provides a pay-what-you-can cafe, an affordable fresh foods market, a weekly free community dinner, and a Kids Cafe meal program for students at South Side Learning & Development Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus. It is owned and operated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Offer vouchers that cover the cost of an Ohio identification card and an Ohio Birth Certificate. Only a few are offered every week. They also offer brown bag lunches to those that are hungry.
139 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
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