Help with Food for Your Family

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    In addition to free breakfast and lunch at our school Grab-and-Go sites, several community partners are offering assistance to help feed children and families. Below are several organizations ready to help your family. More information can also be found by clicking here to visit our partners at Go Lunch!

    Local Food Pantries

    Mid-Ohio Foodbank supplies food to more than 15 different food pantries in Franklin County, where you can get help with food for your family at no charge. Click here to see the list of Food Pantries in Franklin County or call the MOF Benefits Assistance Outreach team at 614-782-5503.

    Broad Presbyterian Church
    Location: 760 E. Broad St., Col, OH 43205
    Phone: 614-461-4557
    Service Description: Complete order form in person and then return to vehicle while order is prepared. Will be providing an 8-10 day supply of food with an increase in the amount of food placed in the kid's meals.
    Eligibility: Serves zip codes 43203, 43205, 43209, 43213, 43215
    Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required.

    Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
    Location: 14 W. Lakeview Ave., Columbus, OH 43202
    Phone: 614 268-8118
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Offers 3 day supply of food and will be available twice a month. Bread, produce and other items will be available in the front of the building. Also offers senior grocery trips, and medical transportation.
    Eligibility: All Franklin County residents are able to use this service.
    Hours: Mon and Fri, Noon-4:30 p.m.; Dinner is cancelled for Tuesday and Thursday. Sunday breakfast is also cancelled.
    Intake Process: Walk-in.
    Documents: Photo ID. Proof of Income. Proof of Address

    CRC & CLINTON HEIGHTS LUTHERAN CHURCH
    Location: 15 Clinton Heights Ave, Col, OH 43202
    Service Description: Offering sack lunches of non-perishable food items available for pick up outside of the church
    Eligibility: All
    Hours: Monday, 3/23- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 3/25 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday, 3/27 - 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Intake Process: None

    Gladden Community House
    Location: 318 S. Glenwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43223
    Phone: 614-221-7801 (administrative)
    Service Description: Provides emergency food assistance. They provide senior delivery to homebound seniors living in Franklinton: 43222, 43215 west of the river and 43223.
    Eligibility: Serving all residents.
    Hours: M, T, Th F 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed 1-3 p.m.
    Intake Process: Telephone. Walk-in
    Documents: Photo ID. Proof of income. Proof of address (mail addressed to client, less than 30 days old). Identification for all household members. Social Security cards or birth certificates for children.
    Notes: Delivers to homebound, seniors, or disabled individuals. Must show doctor’s statement. Must call 614-221-7801 between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to schedule it.

    Bishop Griffin Resource Center
    Location: 2875 E. Livingston Ave., Col, OH 43209
    Phone: 614-338-8220
    Service Description: Emergency supply of groceries and produce, including meat and diapers
    Eligibility: serves zip codes 43209, 43213, 43219, 43232, and 43227
    Hours: Wed: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM; Fri: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: Clients must follow all JFS/MOFB income based guidelines to receive food. ID and a piece of mail/proof of address.

    Heart to Heart Food Pantry
    Location: 1320 Cambridge Blvd., OH 43212
    (First Community Church)
    Phone: (614) 488-0681
    Service Description: Offers a food pantry- Building will be closed. Drive in services for the food pantry.
    Eligibility: Franklin County Residents
    Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 8:30am-1:00pm
    Intake Process: 1 visit per month

    Holy Family Church
    Location: 57 S. Grubb St., Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614-461-9444 (administrative)
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Offers a food pantry.
    Eligibility: Residents of 43204, 43215, 43222, 43223, 43228, 43123, or 43119. Clients may visit once monthly
    Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM is pantry sign up; 9:30 AM Woods Bags & Mail; 10:30 AM Limited Pantry (Basic Boxes)
    Intake Process: First 25-30 households will be served depending on food supply. Building is closed. Donations will be given at the delivery door.
    Documents: Photo ID for all adults. ID for children. Proof of address. Acceptable forms of ID include driver’s license, State ID, healthcare card, birth certificate or Social Security card.

    Inprem Holistic Community Resource Center
    Location: 5757 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43229
    Phone: 614-516-1812 or 614-747-9265
    Service Description: Offers a daily food pantry. Building is closed; Food bags will be given out at the door.
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: M, T, Th 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., W 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., F 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Intake Process: Telephone for appointment.
    Documents: Photo ID and proof of address for adults.

    Livingston United Methodist Church
    Location: 200 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614-560-0377
    Service Description: Food pantry that offers an emergency supply of 3-5 days’ worth of food. Building is closed. Bag groceries will be handed out.
    Eligibility: Residents of 43205, 43206, or 43215.
    Hours: Last Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday of each month. 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Except for Nov. & Dec. in which it will be the second to the last Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the month.
    Intake Process: Walk-in.
    Documents: ID for each household member. Current proof of address (within last 90 days)

    Lutheran Social Services South Side Food Pantry
    Location: 1460 S. Champion Ave., Columbus, OH 43206
    Phone: 614-443-5130Service Description: Choice food pantry. Clients can return once a month for full assistance and/or weekly for bread and produce only. Building is closed. Pick up.
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: Mon & Fri: Walks in/produce: 11 AM to 1PM. Appointments: Tues, 1:30 PM to 4PM; Tues, Walk ins: 2:30 PM to 4 PM; Wed, Appointments: 10 AM to 3 PM. No walks on Wed; Thurs appointment: 3 PM to 5 PM.
    Intake Process: Referral from Hands-on Central Ohio, (614) 341-2282, or can be accessed on-line. If emergency walk-in can obtain bread and produce, until referral is received.
    Documents: Picture ID for each adult. Birth certificate, health insurance, or Social Security card for each child. Proof of income.
    To place an order: LSSfoodpantries.org or call 877-LSS-MEALS (577-6325) between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Provides toiletries: dish washing soap, laundry soap and toilet paper. No zip codes required.

    Mid-Ohio Foodbank – Kroger Community Pantry
    Location: 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City, OH 43123
    Phone: 614-274-7770 (recorded message at 614-317-9487)
    Service Description: Choice Pantry or can have “Pantry Express” that client completes an order request form and they bring the food to the vehicle.
    Eligibility: Anyone. Clients allowed one full shop per month. One bread and produce shop once per week on non-full shop weeks.
    Hours: Tue. 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; W: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m./ 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Th: 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.; F 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Intake Process: No Appointment necessary
    Documents: Photo ID and current proof of address for adults. ID for children.

    Neighborhood Services
    Location: 1950 N. Fourth St., Suite J, Columbus, OH 43201
    Phone: 614-297-0592 (administrative)
    Service Description: Offers a choice food pantry. Provides a seven day supply of food. Also a Free Produce site monthly on 3rd Tuesdays. Tax assistance available and a clothing room.
    Eligibility: Residents living in zip codes 43201, 43202, 43210, and 43211 are eligible to receive food assistance one time each month. Outside of those zip codes, one can visit once a year.
    Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Intake Process: Walk-in. Third party pick-ups are not accepted.

    Northside Food Pantry/Vineyard
    Location: 4664 Cleveland Ave., Col, OH
    Phone: 614-259-5336
    Service Description: Food Pantry
    Eligibility: Must be a resident of zip codes 43224, 43229, and 43231
    Hours: Sat: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Intake Process: Building closed. Will be handing off bags of food.
    Documents: Adults: Photo ID and Proof of residence.
    Also must have proof of each child in household.

    NNEMAP (Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program)
    Location: 677 E. 11th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
    Phone: 614-297-0533
    Service Description: Provides 3 day supply of food and some toiletries. Clients can come twice per month.
    Eligibility: Must be a resident of zip codes 43201, 43211, or 43215.
    Hours: M, Tues, F- 9 a.m.-noon;
    Intake Process: Building closed. Will be handing off bags of food.
    Documents: Adults: Photo ID and Proof of residence.
    Also must have proof of each child in household.

    Salvation Army
    Phone: 614-341-2282 or text 614-702-7772 (make an appointment with Hands-On Central Ohio.
    Service Description: Prepackaged good. Drive thru, no building access.
    Eligibility: AnyoneClients may visit the pantry every other month.
    Documents: ID for Head of Household, proof of household members, if possible.

    St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church
    Location: 166 Woodland Ave., Columbus, OH 43203
    Phone: 614-253-2771 (administrative)
    Service Description: Offers a walk-in food pantry. No building access- Pick up food at the door.
    Eligibility: Residents of 43203 or 43205. Clients can visit the pantry once per month.
    Hours: Wed. & Thu. Noon- 1:45 p.m. Closed the first Wednesday of the month.
    Intake Process: Walk-in.Third party pick-up needs pick-up identification and a note authorizing pick-up. First time visitors are directed to verify household (with documentation) at another location. Once verified, they may then visit the pantry.
    Documents: Photo ID and proof of address (bill or lease preferred) for adults. ID also for children.

    St. Stephen’s Community House
    Location: 1500 E.17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43219
    Phone: 614-294-6347 (administrative)
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Provides 3-5 days of emergency food. Clients can use pantry once every 30 days.
    Eligibility: Will serve all of Franklin County no matter your zip code. Once per week families can receive a bag of food.
    Hours: Mon., Wed., & Fri. noon-3 p.m.; T/Th 3-6 p.m.
    Intake Process: Walk-in. Does not permit third party pick-ups. Numbers will begin to be handed out 30 minutes before pantry opening.
    Documents: Adults: Current driver’s license, State ID, or other picture ID. If address on ID is not current, guests must bring current utility bill, or lease. Children: Need health insurance card, FCDJFS profile, letter from school, birth certificate, lease agreement, or Social Security card. All documents must have child’s name and address.

    Victory Ministries
    Location: 3964 E. Main St., Whitehall, OH 43213
    Phone: 614-252-2500
    Service Description: Food pantry, free medical clinic, free clothing store, literacy program, and ministry to help clients grow in relationship to Christ.
    Eligibility: All Franklin County zip codes.
    Hours: Tue. – Thurs. noon – 3:00 p.m.; Fri. noon-2:45 p.m.
    Intake Process: Telephone. Appointment required.
    Documents: Photo ID.

    Vineyard Church of Columbus – Fruit of the Vine
    Location: 181 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
    Phone: 614-259-5441
    Service Description: Offers a pancake breakfast and a choice pantry. Clients may receive food once a month.
    Eligibility: Residents in the 43201 zip code. Residents of other zip codes can receive food one time.
    Hours: Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Food pickups 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    Documents: Must bring ID for all family members. Acceptable documents include: Driver’s License, current bill with address, welfare card, medical card, birth certificate, or school records. 

    Free Grab-and-Go Meals

    Children's Hunger Alliance will be distributing ready-to-eat meals at three Columbus Metropolitan Library branches. Children 18 and under will be able to pick up two ready-to-eat meals to take home, at no charge at the following locations:

    • Whitehall Branch, 4445 East Broad Street, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Barnett Branch, 3434 East Livingston Avenue, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Northern Lights Branch, 4093 Cleveland Avenue, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Help is also available at many of our city's soup kitchens and on-demand food sites, including:

    Broad Street United Methodist Church – Manna Café
    Location: 501 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614-221-4571 EXT: 101
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Offers boxed meals to-go. No building access.
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday at 5 PM.
    Documents: No documents required

    Bethany Presbyterian Church
    Location: 206 N. Garfield, Col, OH 43203
    Phone: 614-253-0077
    Service Description: Bethany provides and serves food to those individuals who need physical nourishment.
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required.

    All Peoples Fresh Market
    Location: 945 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
    Phone: 614-445-7342 (administrative)
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Free Store closed but Fresh Market is still opened. Not accepting donations.
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: Tuesday - Fridays 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturdays 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Intake Process: Walk-Ups & Drive Thru ONLY!
    Documents: Photo ID and/or Proof of Residences.

    Central Community House
    Location: 1150 E. Main St., Col, OH 43205
    Phone: 614-252-3157
    Service Description: Free meal to go.
    Eligibility: All Franklin County Residents
    Hours: Wednesday at 6 PM; last Wednesday of the month.
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required.

    Columbus Relief
    Location: 100 Highview Blvd., Col, OH 43207
    Phone: 614-517-2038
    Service Description: Free meal to go on Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM.
    Eligibility: All Franklin County Residents
    Hours: Saturday
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required.

    Faith Mission
    Location: 245 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: (614) 224-6617
    Service Description: Community Resources and meals are ONLY being provided to current residents, UNLESS in extreme situations.
    Eligibility:
    Hours: PLEASE CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!
    Intake Process: APPOINTMENT ONLY!

    First English Lutheran
    Location: 1015 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43205
    Phone: 614-252-3191
    Service Description: Free meal to go on Thursday & Sundays
    Eligibility: All Franklin County Residents
    Hours: Thursdays 6 PM to 7 PM; Sundays 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required.

    Hilltop Community Worship Center
    Location: 2622 Sullivant Avenue
    Service Description: Offering to go meals.
    Hours: Wednesday, 6 PM to 8 PM; Saturday, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

    Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center
    Location: 342 N. Hague Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
    Service Description: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm can receive a free sack lunch to-go; Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:00pm can receive a free a free hot meal to-go; Wednesday and Friday 5:00pm-7:30pm can receive a free hot meal to-go; Also offers groceries and clothing from 10:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required

    Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
    Location: 428 E. Main St. Columbus, OH 43215
    Service Description: Fridays 12pm-2pm serving "grab and go" lunches
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required

    Open Shelter
    Location: 61 E. Mound St, Columbus, OH
    Phone: 614-222-2885
    Service Description: Offering sack lunches
    Eligibility: ALL
    Hours: 10:00am-2:00pm Monday-Friday
    Documents: None

    Reeb Center
    Location: 280 Reeb Ave., Columbus, OH 43207
    Service Description: Tuesday community meal will be available for Franklin County residents. They are giving out boxed dinners. The café will be closed.
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: 5PM – 7PM
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required

    Shiloh Baptist Church
    Location: 720 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203
    Phone: 614-253-7946 (administrative)
    Service Description: Offers a weekly free meal
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Intake Process: Walk-in
    Documents: No documents required.

    St John’s Evangelical United Church of Christ – The Largest Table
    Location: 59 E. Mound St., Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614-224-8634 (administrative)
    Service Description: Provides a free weekly community lunch to-go
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: Wednesdays 12:20 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Intake Process: Walk-in.
    Documents: No documents required.

    St. Lawrence Haven
    Location: 200S. Fifth St., Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614-228-0799
    Service Description: Free daily meal
    Eligibility: AnyoneHours: Monday – Friday: 1 PM to 3PM.
    Intake Process: Walk-ups and drive thru.
    Documents: No documents required.

    St. Sophia Orthodox Church
    Location: 1493 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
    Phone: 614-702-9096
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Free Breakfast Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am-10:00am; Free Lunch Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat 12:00pm-1:00pm; Free homemade pizza Fridays 5:00pm-6:00pm
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Intake Process: Walk-in.
    Documents: No documents required.

    Stowe Mission of Central Ohio
    Location: 888 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206
    Phone: 614-445-8400 (administrative)
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: To-go style every weekday hot lunch, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Food Pantry open every day from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Intake Process: Walk-in.
    Documents: No documents required.

    Total Life Ministries
    Location: 2260 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43219
    Phone: 614-327-5396
    Service Description: Offers a community dinner boxed meals and a bag of food.
    Eligibility: Anyone
    Hours: 2nd & 4th Sat. 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
    Intake Process: Walk-in.
    Documents: No documents required.

    Local School Districts

    Your home may be closer to a school building in a neighboring district which is also offering free grab-and-go meals.

    • Dublin City Schools (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at Dublin Scioto High School and Riverside Elementary School
    • Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) at Goshen Lane Elementary, Royal Manor Elementary, Middle School East, Middle School West and Lincoln High School
    • Grandview Heights High School (Breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m./Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
    • Hilliard City Schools (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) at all Hilliard School locations
    • Upper Arlington Schools (10:30 a.m. until 12:45 a.m) at Tremont Elementary, Barrington Elementary, Greensview Elementary, Windermere Elementary, and Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School - noon until 12:45 p.m.
    • Worthington Schools (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.) at Thomas Worthington High School, Worthington Kilbourne High School, and Slate Hill Elementary.

    Schools may require that children be present to pick up a meal.

    Local Restaurants

    Restaurants across Columbus are advertising free to-go meals. Columbus City Schools is not connected to these free offers, which can change without notice by the restaurant.

    Greek Express
    Location: All locations in the Columbus Area
    Phone: (614) 928-9280
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Offering free lunches for school age children from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Eligibility: School age students

    Piada
    Location: All locations in the Columbus Area
    Phone: (614) 754-1702
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Offering free kids pasta with sauce, cheese and a fountain drink. Monday – Friday (March 16 – April 3rd) during lunch hours of 10:45 AM– 1:00 PM to students affected.
    Eligibility: School age students

    Fusian
    Location: 855 W. 5th Ave. Columbus, OH 43212, 4214 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43214, 4190 Worth Ave. Columbus, OH 43219.
    Phone: (614) 670-4323
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Offering $1 Peanut Butter & Jelly Rolls through the FUSIAN app + in store to help offset lunchroom meals affected. Also offering $1 delivery for the next 30 days for order placed in the FUSIAN app + FREE Delivery Friday.
    Eligibility: School age students

    Smoked on High BBQ
    Location: Offer valid only at our Brewery District location. 755 S High St. Columbus, OH 43206.
    Phone: (614) 754-9711
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Offering kids an order of Drummies or Pulled Chicken for free for the next three weeks while supplies last. In restaurant only starting next Wednesday. We are open Wed-SUN 11 AM – 8 PM while supplies last.
    Eligibility: School age students

    El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant
    Location: 2808 Stelzer Rd. Columbus, OH 43219Phone: (614) 532-7109
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant - will be handing out free meals to go for kids K-12 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on weekdays. No purchase necessary starting on Monday March 16th until April 3rd. Meals will consist mostly of rice, beans, quesadillas, enchiladas, a burrito or a taco
    Eligibility: School age students

    Legacy Smokehouse
    Location: 3987 Main Street, Hilliard, OH (Tues- Fri, 11 AM to 2 PM); 340 Greenlawn Ave, Col, OH (Thurs – Fri, 11 AM to 2 PM)
    Phone: (614) 541-9022 (Hilliard) and 614-961-9468 (Columbus)
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: Kids can get a free hot dog or pulled pork slider for free.
    Eligibility: School age students

    OH Pizza and Brew
    Location: 88 E. Broad St, Col, OH
    Phone: (614) 940-8687
    Public transportation accessible
    Service Description: No age limit. Delivery and carryout only. Also offering limited essential supplies for purchase such as bread, toilet paper, and other miscellaneous items for order on their website.

    Pioneer Pizza
    Location: 209 W. Bigelow Ave, Plain City, OH
    Phone: (614) 873-2404
    Hours/Day: 3/17/20202-4/3/2020, Monday-Friday from 11:00am-1:00pm
    Service Description: $1 slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza with fountain drink available for pick-up

    Willowbeez Soulveg
    Location: 95 N. Grant Ave, Col, OH
    Phone: (614) 516-8500
    Hours/Day: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Service Description: Free Meals for all school age children, no purchase necessary.