Columbus OH
Print This Page

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.
fns.usda.gov/meals4kids

Andrews House

This community service center provides various free programs and services like dinners, a legal clinic, a mobile food market, summer lunch program, tax help and a supervised visitation program.
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: Offers education-focused child care program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with a focus on preparation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Community Services: Helps with 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: Offers personal development and family strengthening programs, afterschool and summer programs.

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

golunch.club
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 services such 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, and diapers are available. Contact for hours of operation.
  • Community Service Department – They provide emergency financial assistance (e.g. rent, utilities, prescriptions, and other critical needs), 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.

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 food programs at schools and child care centers, during the summer, 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

The Lunchbox Ohio

Serves fresh, local, and nutritious lunches to school-aged youth in the summer months, to address the lack the ability to access summer food programs. Visit the website for contact information and to see when and where they distribute lunch.
thelunchboxohio.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 LSS 211 Central Ohio at (614) 341-2282 or text “Food” to (614) 702-7772 to schedule your first appointment.
150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 889-0196
LSS 211 (formerly known as HandsOn Central Ohio): (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, 43035, 43065, 43081, 43085, 43229, 43235, and 43240). 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