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School & Summer Lunches

USDA National Summer Meal Finder

Find free, nutritious breakfasts and lunches for kids during the summer months in your community. Meals are served to kids up to age 18, and also disabled youth up to age 21.
www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Andrews House

This community service center provides various free programs and services like dinners, a legal clinic, a mobile food market; computer classes, a summer lunch program, tax help and more.
39 West Winter Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 369-4520
andrewshouse.org

Central Community House

A neighborhood-based community center that serves the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. Services include:

  • Early Education Child Care Center: Education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Basic/emergency needs assistance and referrals, community organizing and advocacy, family/household support programs, a community computer lab, community dinners/block parties, and opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Youth and Family Services: Personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool programs, summer youth enrichment programs, including summer employment; and other youth, teen, and family activities, including tutoring, mentoring, and fun activities including Transit Arts.

1150 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-3157
cchouse.org

Columbus Recreation & Parks Department Free Meal Program (Go Lunch!)

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

  • (614) 645-3642
  • Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877

columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/Free-Meal-Programs

Gahanna Residents In Need (GRIN)

A community wide, faith-based organization committed to helping the residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need with a “hand-up”. They help provide food through their food pantry (by appointment), children’s clothing, rent and utility assistance, school supplies, holiday gifts and meals, and summer lunches.
Physical Address: 165 Granville Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Mailing Address: PO Box 307563, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 214-4747
grin4gahanna.org

Gladden Community House

  • Youth Services & Preschool – Provide educational intervention led by licensed social workers through small group, individual, and family sessions to help children develop important life skills; as well as preschool, after-school, summer day camp and team sport programming.
  • Gladden Food Pantry – 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, on-site Ohio Benefit Bank screenings for SNAP/food stamps, and donated diapers made available. Contact for hours of operation.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance, access to The Breathing Association mobile medical unit and help stabilize and support Franklin County families at risk of becoming homeless. They also offer case management services, linkage to community resources, and parenting and financial literacy classes.

183 Hawkes Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 227-1600
gladdenhouse.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Food & Nutrition

Their website offers a lot of information for professionals about free and reduced price meals at schools, child care centers, summer programs and for individuals who have mental or physical disabilities.
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition

Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries

Offers free youth and adult programming and connects families facing suburban poverty in Hilliard to resources. Programs include a summer lunch program for children, ESL classes, a legal clinic, a monthly job readiness clinic, winter coat store and more.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) at Mill Run
3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 586-7939
son-ministries.org

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)

Provides a six-day supply of food to income-eligible residents of the Westerville City School district. During the summer when school is not in session, they offer the Kids Lunch Club. Call HandsOn Central Ohio at (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772 for your first appointment.
150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 889-0196
HandsOn: (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772
warmwesterville.org

Worthington Food Pantry & Resource Center (WFPRC)

Distributes food and personal items to people in need living in the Worthington School District (zip codes 43016, 43065, 43081, 43085, 43229 and 43235). They also provide information and referrals. Call for hours.
445 Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Food Pantry: 6700 Huntley Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 985-1766
worthingtonresourcepantry.org