Provides discounted phone service for customers with a low income, including free line connection, monthly discounts and no deposits for local service. You must meet a current AT&T telephone customer. Call the toll-free number to get an application mailed to you.
Offers asthma management for services children and adults, a free Lung Health Clinic and a mobile medical unit. Their free Lung Health Clinic is for those who do not have insurance or cannot afford medical care. They also help with winter heating and summer cooling programs through HEAP, water assistance program, electric bill assistance and window air conditioners to those without central air for households who are medically needy. They provide vacuum cleaners and mattress and pillow covers for those in need. Their Quit for Good program provides free weekly tobacco cessation classes, facilitated by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and ongoing support for 12 months.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 273-2843
Winter Crisis Program (November-March): breathingassociation.org/heap/winter-crisis-program
Connects people in need in the Groveport Madison school district with community resources. Services include summer lunches, school supply distribution, cash assistance (rent, utilities, prescription, etc.), distribution of household items, adopt-a-family and more.
PO Box 542, Groveport, Ohio 43125
14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43202
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 new and gently used adult and children’s clothing to anyone in need. They offer one shopping appointment every month, with no ID or income-verification requirements. Children do not need to be present. Shopping appointments must be made in advance.
1950 North Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
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
Provides free furniture to central Ohio residents struggling to furnish their homes as a result of economic and other significant life challenges. Furniture With A Heart Thirft Store, a social enterprise of the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio carries gently used furniture, household goods, clothing and sporting goods. Referral needed.
Offers employment and job training programs, social and education programs for people with developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment. They also offer supportive living, art, health and wellness programs, and a variety of activities in community settings including volunteering, recreation and leisure, and community awareness. At their Goodwill Stores are thrift clothing, furniture, vehicles, art and more. Visit the website or call for center and store locations in Central Ohio.
671 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 294-5181 or (614) 583-0293 TTY
A discount home improvement store open to the public. Shop or donate gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. The money they make goes to Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio. Visit the website for store hours.
Provides income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level. Visit the website or call for more information.
Southside: 711 Southwood Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Westside: 4129 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
Provides limited financial assistance for water and gas/fuel for low-income people whose utilities have been shut-off or have a shut-off notice. Also, they offer toiletries, cleaning supplies, disposable diapers, one time birth certificates and monetary contributions. Makes referrals to community agencies who assist in the prevention of repeat crises.
578 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
Offers diapers, wipes and baby clothes to pregnant moms and families with children ages 0-3 years old. Caregivers will need to bring verification for their first visit. Visit the website for a full list of acceptable verification documents.
89 West Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
A faith-based organization serving individuals and families in Columbus. They offer transitional housing for previously incarcerated women, low-income families and individuals, and women struggling with substance use. Their adult mentorship program includes a weekly hot meal, job and finance mentoring, life coaching, and supportive services. They offer homework help, mentoring, and a summer day camp for at-risk youth ages 7-17. The Lower Lights Salon hosts free haircut events, and work training for women who have experienced addiction or incarceration.
1066 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Recovery Program: (614) 947-0497
Lower Lights Salon:
1116 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
Provides food, clothing, toiletries and hygiene items, emotional support and other resources to veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, military families and survivors.
Mailing Address: 648 Clymer Road, Suite 113, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Offers information and local resources about local biking events and trails, bicycle safety, promotes bicycling in central Ohio. They also provide a Franklin County Home Repair program low- and moderate-income homeowners, home energy efficiency and safety services at no cost to income-eligible homeowners and renters, and information on air quality.
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Home Repair: (614) 233-4171
Free Home Energy Efficiency & Safety Services: (614) 621-1171
Provides a list of agencies helping low-income households get internet service at low or no cost. The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs.
3000 East Main Street, Suite 50, Columbus, Ohio 43209
A charitable organization that helps match families in need with local businesses, volunteers and service organizations that offer resources such as food, volunteering, clothing, supplies and more.
200 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Located inside Indian Run United Methodist Church, the Welcome Warehouse offers programs to assist Dublin area families who are temporarily in need. Those programs include: Adopt-A-Family, Free Shop (offers new and gently-used clothing, household and personal care items), Mobile Free Shops, Bed Donation Program, Back to School Outreach and Emergency Household Assistance.
6305 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Provides hygiene bags, meals, and basic clothing needs to women in the Sullivant Avenue and Linden areas who are caught in addiction, homelessness, and human trafficking. They also provide education and prevention presentations. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 23402, Columbus, Ohio 43222
This is a national program that provides one free cell phone to one household or those who live in shelters, public housing or can be considered as their own separate household living in a family setting. Requirements for eligibility are based on the applicant meeting federal poverty criteria or participation in a state or government support program; such as food stamps or medical, for example. SafeLink representatives will help determine eligibility.
Enrollment and Plan Changes Support: (800) 723-3546
Technical Support Only: (800) 378-1684
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
Provides “Hope Cases” filled with comfort items and essentials for kids (newborn to 18 years old) entering the foster care system, with the goal of providing hope in an uncertain time. Foster families and kinship families can reach out when they are placed with a child coming into care for the first time. The program is free.
A free, anonymous store inside a few Columbus City Schools filled with hygiene products, easy-to-eat food items, school-code clothing, and school supplies. Their goal is to supply students with the essentials. Contact them to find out what schools they are currently serving, if you want to host a donation drive, need a group volunteer project, or would like to sponsor one of their stores.
Provides gently used clothing and household items to individuals and families. No appointments are needed, and walk-ins are welcome. They also host a Christmas shop once a year.
946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry (appointment required), provide free clothing and bedding sheets, Christmas gift giveaways, free medical and vision care, clinical counseling and more.
3964 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
Provides free hygiene products and other items to individuals and families once every thirty days. Individuals must bring an ID. Visit the website for open hours.
1402 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43224
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20081 Columbus, Ohio 43220