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Nutrition

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website has information on a wide range of health topics, including safety, fitness, school issues, dating, substance abuse; emotional wellness, including helping children handle stress, psychiatric medications, grief. It also provides information about healthy living, family life, immunizations, developmental stages and more.
healthychildren.org

Broad Street Food Pantry

Provides fresh produce, dairy, protein and shelf stable food (and diapers to children age 0-3 years) once every 30 days to all eligible neighbors. Families who live outside their service area can be served one time with a Temporary Assistance Package of food. Diapers are available to income-eligible families in any zip code during regular pantry hours. They also have free produce giveaways twice a month from May to October, and offers free nutrition education classes.
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 221-6552
bspc.org/foodpantry

Children’s Hunger Alliance

Works with schools, community organizations, faith-based groups and child care providers throughout Ohio to increase participation in USDA child nutrition programs.
Columbus Location: 1105 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 341-7700
childrenshungeralliance.org

Choose MyPlate

Provides quick, easy reference tools for parents, teachers, healthcare providers and communities on USDA’s MyPlate symbol that helps people make better food choices.
choosemyplate.gov

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Healthy Children, Healthy Weights (HCHW)

Works with Columbus area childcare centers and partners an obesity prevention by improving food and physical activity for children from birth to 5 years old. Their website also has free information about ways to stay active, healthy beverages, healthy food and more that are age appropriate for children from birth to kindergarten.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-1224 or (614) 645-0261
columbus.gov/HCHW

Columbus Recreation & Parks Department Free Meal Program

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
Go Lunch!golunch.club

Community Development for All People (CD4AP) & All People’s Fresh Market

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, health coaching, low cost bike repairs and more. They also have the All People’s Fresh Market, which has 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
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
4allpeople.org

Doctor Yum Project Meal-O-Matic

Helps you create your own personalized meals based on the ingredients you have on hand, your favorite flavors, or your own dietary needs.
recipes.doctoryum.org/en/makers
Recipes & Meal Planner: recipes.doctoryum.org

Eat Right

Provides nutrition and healthy eating tips, recipes, articles and more from registered dietitians. Eat Right is created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
eatright.org
Eat Right Kids: eatright.org/resources/for-kids

Ellyn Satter Institute (ESI)

Provides feeding and healthy eating information and tips for parents of young children to transform family meals into joyful, healthful, struggle-free events, free from drama and conflict.
ellynsatterinstitute.org

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offer hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness throughout the year. They also provide horticulture and landscaping training to low-income adults ages 18 to 30. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families (including military families).
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
fpconservatory.org

Good4Growth Parent Resource Page

Offers online toolkits to educate the community on the issues of obesity and other negative health outcomes, by offering offering ways to support a healthy diet, creative play, and a creative environment for children’s development and growth. They have many practical tips on nutrition and staying healthy and active.
good4growth.com

Kelly Mom

This website provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, parenting, health and nutrition for families. Information is provided for educational purposes only.
kellymom.com

Kids Health

This website offers a broad range of information on many topics for parents:

kidshealth.org

Local Matters

Offers interactive public events, programs, hands-on cooking classes, gardening workshops, and holds community conversations about food and culture for youth, adults and families. The classes are for all, regardless of ability to pay or skill level.
633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 263-5662
local-matters.org

Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC) & Jubilee Market & Cafe

Program: offers a wide range of services for the entire family including, comprehensive primary care, OB/GYN, dental, vision, behavioral health, pharmacy (prescriptions are available at reduced cost), nutrition and spiritual care
Eligibility: males and females; infants, children and adults
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Medicare), private insurance, sliding fee scale for those without insurance
Jubilee Market and Cafe is non-profit grocery store for everyone. They offer a percentage discount on fresh produce for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.

  • Jubilee Market and Cafe
    1160 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
    Cafe: (614) 572-0777
    Market: (614) 572-0778
  • Lower Lights Health Center
    1160 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Lower Lights German Village
    1560 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
  • Lower Lights Shared Services
    1251 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Lower Lights Cooper Road
    6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
  • Lower Lights UnionStar
    773 Walnut Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040
  • Lower Lights Fifth Avenue
    171 East Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201

(614) 274-1455
llchc.org
Jubilee Market & Cafe: llchc.org/home/jubilee-market-and-cafe

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition

Offers families a comprehensive approach to prevention and treatment of overweight children ages 2 and older. Their website has helpful information and resources for families and providers on research studies, gastric bypass surgery, nutrition articles and more.

  • Livingston Ambulatory Center
    380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 722-4824
  • Hilliard Close To Home Center
    4363 All Seasons Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 355-5900
  • Westerville Close To Home Center
    433 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43082
    (614) 355-8300

nationwidechildrens.org/center-for-healthy-weight-nutrition

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Health e-Hints Newsletter

A free e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you will only get articles that are relevant to your family.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
nationwidechildrens.org/e-newsletter-sign-up

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Health Library

Find information on various health topics and about the disease, condition, medical procedure or test your child needs.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org

Ohio Action for Healthy Kids

Provides support and resources for schools to engage school professionals, families and communities in actions that lead to healthy eating and physical activity.
(312) 753-3292
actionforhealthykids.org/in-your-state/ohio/about

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.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition

Ohio Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Provides free nutrition education for low-income adults with children and for youth in schools where a majority of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch. OSU Extension, Franklin County also offers EFNEP programs for non-English speaking families (currently available in Spanish and Somali). Visit the website for contact information.
530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
franklin.osu.edu/program-areas/efnep

Ohio Proud Farmers’ Market Search

Farmers’ markets increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in city neighborhoods and offer healthy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Click below for a list of markets throughout town. Many of them accept cash, credit card, WIC benefits and the Ohio Direction EBT Card (food stamps).
ohioproud.org/farm-markets-all/farmers-market-search

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
extension.osu.edu
Locate an Extension Office: extension.osu.edu/lao

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of handouts and resources, covering a wide array of subjects such as agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, and youth development.

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
ohioline.osu.edu

OhioHealth Wellness on Wheels (WOW): Women’s Health & Prenatal Care

The Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile unit offers Comprehensive Women’s Health Care, for females ages 13 and older, regardless of an ability to pay. Their mobile unit is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of OB/GYN physicians. They provide prenatal, postpartum, and women’s health services, including: ultrasounds, nutrition counseling with a dietitian, access to a social worker to help find additional services and resources, access to birth control, and STI checks. They also offer transportation if needed.
393 East Town Street, Suite 226, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 566-9989
ohiohealth.com/in-the-community/our-programs/my-medical-care

Ounce of Prevention

The online handouts have a lot of useful nutritional and developmental information for parents of newborns up to teens and the physicians that care for the child.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4824 or (614) 644-7035
nationwidechildrens.org/ounce-of-prevention

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

South Side Roots

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
(614) 468-9300
southsideroots.org

Stratford Ecological Center

This non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, summer camps and family programs.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548
stratfordecologicalcenter.org

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Their website has helpful information about food safety, dietary supplements, food ingredients, and nutrition; drugs, medical devices, radiation-emitting products, vaccines and more.
10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20993
(888) 463-6332
fda.gov

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food & Nutrition Service (FNS)

The website provides food and nutrition information and resources for providers and families. FNS works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs.
FNS Midwest Regional Office: 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 353-6664
fns.usda.gov

Urban GEMS (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability)

Through this program, middle and high school age students can participate in after school and summer youth internships to gain skills growing vegetables in sustainable aeroponic towers. In the free youth development program, they gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills while preparing weekly cooking demonstrations and having fun.
The Ohio State University, Campbell Hall 135
1787 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-4004
urbangems.ehe.osu.edu

We Can!

Provides resources and information for parents and kids ages 8 to 13 on healthy eating, play and physical activity, and screen time.
nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan