If you want to support food bank in the state through volunteering your time, or by making a donation, or if you need food, we’ve featured 10 top food banks in Columbus, Ohio below.
Broad Street Church has been an active partner of the Columbus community since 1887. Their food pantry is open five days each week to provide boxes filled with meats, dairy, produce, canned foods and dry goods to the families that depend on them to make ends meet. Those unable to reach the pantry can have groceries delivered to them by volunteers. Once each month, they also operate an open market that offers free fresh produce for as long as supplies last.
The Nnemap Food Pantry has provided food assistance to the Columbus area for more than 30 years. They are open six days a week to give groceries to all who meet state criteria for assistance. In addition to bags of nutritious supplemental food items, the volunteers at the pantry will assess each household’s needs and help with applications for SNAP benefits or other available assistance as needed.
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) serves more than two dozen counties surrounding Columbus. The LSS Champion Food Bank provides allotments of shelf staples, meats, dairy and fresh produce to households needing supplemental food assistance. To reach those who lack transportation to their man site, they offer a mobile food pantry and a mobile fresh produce distribution to bring food to those who would otherwise go without proper nutrition.
The South Side Community Ministries (SSCM) has been helping Columbus residents with food poverty for more than four decades. Their pantry operates three days each month. Recipients can visit on any one of these days to receive a pre-packed box of supplemental food items via drive-thru or walk-up service. Supplies are sometimes limited at this smaller bank, but staff will direct those who can’t be served to other area food banks for emergency assistance.
The Hope Food Pantry is open once a week to provide a pre-packed box filled with frozen meat, dairy, bread, produce and non-perishable food staples. Items are distributed to all residents with proof of address and current ID. Though clients can only visit once per month, the pantry endeavors to provide a substantial amount of food to help supplement their existing food supply. Those without proper documentation will be provided with smaller emergency portions.
Gladden Food Pantry is open five days a week to residents west of the river in Columbus. Eligible recipients can visit once per month for a pre-packed box of perishable and non-perishable food items based on household size. Fresh produce is given out daily to anyone who requests it, without residential requirements and with no limit on how often you can stop in to collect it.
The Worthington Resource Pantry was formed by community members eager to combat food poverty in their Columbus neighborhood. This food pantry determines eligibility based on residence and income level. They open their doors four days per week to distribute boxes of groceries that include a well-rounded selection of perishable and non-perishable food items. A separate distribution is made once a month of just produce and bread.
Vineyard Columbus Northside Pantry was established 30 years ago by a single mom who handed out sandwiches to the homeless. It has since expanded to serve hundreds of community members with their choice style food pantry and meals-to-go program. They also visit area school campuses to distribute pre-packed food boxes to all needing additional food for their dinner tables.
If you are hungry in the Columbus area, you can visit Neighborhood Services, Inc. for help. The pantry is open five days a week for monthly distributions to all who qualify. Delivery is available to the elderly and homebound. Each recipient receives boxes of shelf staples, bread and bottled water. Fresh produce is added whenever it is available. During the school term, they also support local backpack programs to prevent students’ food insecurity.
10. Help My Neighbor
Help My Neighbor, Inc. established the Smoky Row Food Pantry in 2006. The pantry is open two days each week to provide emergency food assistance for those who don’t qualify for help elsewhere. They provide pre-prepared boxes of non-perishable shelf staples to help stretch the family food budget a little farther each month. Recipients are usually limited to one visit per month but are allowed additional amounts if supply allows and the need is great.