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Free food pantries, groceries and meals in Columbus Ohio and Franklin County.

Find free pantries, soup kitchens and food banks in Columbus Ohio and Franklin County that offer resources. Charities, churches, or the government offer free or low cost food, groceries as well as hot or frozen meals to individuals who need assistance. Below you will find information about the leading food pantries near you as well as locations in the county to call for help, including today. There is also a referral phone number at the bottom of the page.

Many single parents, the unemployed and elderly and/or disabled get help. Food banks, pantries, and distribution centers in the Columbus Ohio region assist thousands of low income families and seniors per year. There are groceries, free personal toiletries or hygiene supplies, Meals on Wheels home delivery and other items. Call or stop by to get more information or to apply for help.

The number one goal of many of the food pantries is to ensure all hungry families in the Columbus OH area get access to free food. this may be canned goods, perishable items, holiday boxes and other food for them and their families. Many of the locations can also help people apply for social services, and they will have staff that may be able to advocate on the applicants behalf for any and all types of government assistance programs. So you can learn about federal and state resources such as WIC or SNAP food stamps. Or look here for emergency SNAP food stamp applications.

The pantries not only offer emergency support, but they have seasonal resources too. This can include Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas meals and gifts. Or they help students from low income households apply for free USDA school breakfast or lunches. If you need food, groceries, or a fresh, hot meal, call one of the Franklin County food pantries below.

Places for free food programs in Franklin County OH

Central Community House
1150 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205. Dial (614) 252-3157 to get the administrative office.

Broad Street United Methodist Church
Address - 501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Dial (614) 221-4571 Ext. 101
Call or stop by for meals, perishables, and free food.

Central Presbyterian Church
132 South Third Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 224-9119
The church has both Thanksgiving and Christmas meal baskets for low income Franklin County families.




Christ Cathedral Food Pantry
3350 Allegheny Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209. Dial - (614) 237-9495
Will distribute emergency food boxes to the needy. Can only provide a limited number of items per month. Referrals, information on shelter, and spiritual guidance is offered too.

5757 Karl Rd, Columbus, OH 43229. Phone - (614) 516-1812
Get free groceries, personal hygiene supplies, laundry detergency and more. There may be canned, shelf stable food as well as holiday meals. Find pasta, meats, and even fruits or vegetables.

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
428 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Call the food pantry at (614) 221-3446

Catholic Social Services, including Our Lady Of Guadalupe, serves the poor, unemployed, and struggling in Franklin County. Dial 614-340-7061. In a crisis, emergency financial aid for bills is offered. There may be free good or cooking classes. Senior citizens and their spouses can get congregate meals. More on Catholic Charities Franklin County Ohio.

Leave A Mark Church
Food pantry and soup kitchen address is 4818 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207. Intake number is 614-940-0211

Salvation Army in Central Ohio
One of Ohio’s, leading charity organizations. Social services, free food, clothing closet, and financial assistance all may be offered. This includes Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals, gifts for children, and free holiday assistance. A food pantry has canned goods for the low income, and funds may be available for rental assistance, medications, and more. There are multiple sites.

Zion Christian Assembly
Location is 6930 Motts Pl Rd, Columbus, OH 43110. Dial (614) 920-4800
A free emergency food pantry, which is open daily/weekly including today, may have dry and canned goods, paper products, soap, and personal toiletries. The poor, unemployed and others can get help.

Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program
Location of the non-profit 677 East 11th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211. Call 614-297-0533
A client choice food pantry. They also offer emergency kits to individuals who are homeless in Franklin County, medical screening, blood pressure checks, and registration for holiday meals or Summer Food Service Program. Dozens of Franklin County OH churches are part of the charity. There is also a free pet food pantry as well as meals on Wheels.





Hope Food Pantry
3360 Patriot Blvd, Columbus, OH 43219. Call : (614) 316-7030

Glenwood Community Center
1888 Fairmont Ave, Columbus, OH 43223. Call (614) 645-3282
whether applications to SNAP food stamps, free holiday food boxes or groceries (year round), or financial help, the non-profit center assists.

Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205. Main phone number is 614-463-9612
Various assistance programs are offered as part of COMPASS. Get free groceries, peronal hygiene supplies, infant formula and more. The elderly can get commodities as well, such as cheese. Or get bread, pasta, rice and other food.

Lss - Lutheran Services
Location is 1888 Fairmont Ave, Columbus, OH 43223. Dial (877) 577-6325
A number of assistance programs and social services are offered. They help feed low-income families in Columbus Ohio. Get items such as Canned Tuna, baby formula, meat, chicken, dairy and more. There may be free personal stuff or hygiene supplies such as feminine goods, toilet paper, soap and more.

East Side Grace Brethren Church
7510 E Broad St, Blacklick, OH 43004. Dial (614) 861-5810

Dublin Food Pantry
81 W Bridge St, Dublin, OH 43017. Main number is (614) 889-6590
There is only assistance in the town.

ALP Foundation
A food pantry is at 700 Bryden Rd, Columbus Ohio 43215. For details, dial 614-632-2579
Whether free groceries or referrals to SNAP food stamps or Feeding America, help is offered in Franklin County Ohio. They support single moms and dads so they can get food or baby formula. The elderly can get nutritional supplements, and families feminine products or grocers. Many programs are offered.

New Salem Baptist Church at Bread of Life Food Pantry
Address is 2956 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43224. Phone (614) 267-2536
Fresh, frozen, and canned goods may be offered in Franklin County. Volunteers from the church may also deliver meals to the homebound, seniors, or disabled. There may also be snacks for students, juice, milk, and more.

Gethsemane United Methodist Church
Address is 5081 Carbondale Drive, Columbus, OH 43232. Dial (614) 759-8088

IMPACT Community Action helps Franklin County areas living in or near poverty.  They address employment and housing as well as hunger needs. Clients can learn about USDA programs including WIC or SNAP food stamps. Or get grants for bills, Weekend Backpacks from Feeding America and other services. More on IMPACT community action.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank – This is the regional food bank that partners with churches, charities, and other non-profits across Franklin County Ohio. They coordinate delivery of food in the community along with government or charitable aid, including Meals on Wheels and USDA Commodities. The address is 3960 Brookham Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123. Main number: (614) 274-7770. There can be referrals to a home delivery service that may be arranged for the homebound.

Christian Center
298 South Rocky Fork Drive , Columbus, OH 43230. Telephone number - (614) 471-3036
Groceries, hot meals, Christmas food baskets and other goods are distributed from the charity food bank. There may be rice, milk, canned goods, and other items.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Center - Catholic Social Services - Friendship Baptist Church Pantry
Location is 409 Industry Dr, Columbus, OH 43204. Call (614) 341-2282
The charity will support struggling Franklin County families. Emergency boxes of free food, groceries, and more are offered to families.

Bishop Griffin Center & Food Pantry
Location is 4009 E Broad St, Whitehall, OH 43213. Dial 614-338-8220
A soup kitchen, food bank, and thrift store. Whether pots and pans, a box of groceries, or food assistance for Hispanics and Spanish speakers, help is offered.

Community Kitchen
Address - 640 South Ohio Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205. Telephone number is (614) 252-6428
This is mostly a soup kitchen for families living in poverty or the homeless in Franklin County. Holiday meals are served too.

Neighborhood House
1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203. Main number is (614) 252-4941

Faith Mission
Address is 245 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215. Dial (614) 224-6617
Individuals of all backgrounds can get help, food, and aid. A great place for referrals too.

Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio
Address is 67 East Innis Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43207
Main telephone number is (614) 443-6120

Neighborhood Services
1950 N 4th St Ste E, Columbus, OH 43201. Intake number is
(614) 297-0592
The pantry for this non-profit is located in Columbus OH. Stop by or call the number below. Applications are also accepted for programs such as WIC, food stamps, TANF, and other public aid.

New Life United Methodist Church - May be able to provide meals, food, and groceries.
Location is 25 West Fifth Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Phone number - (614) 294-0134





New Zion Baptist Church
1107 East Mound Street
Columbus, OH 43205
Dial - (614) 252-6674
A soup kitchen and food pantry are on site. They also offer referrals to Meals on Wheels for senior citizens as well as the disabled.

Brice United Methodist Church
Address is 3160 Brice Road
Brice, Ohio 43109

Greater Groveport Human Needs
Food bank address is 595 Cherry Street
Groveport, Ohio 43125
For hours, dial 614-836-7652
the Franklin County charity has a free emergency food pantry with dry and canned goods, paper products, soap, detergent, dairy, meat and personal toiletries to those in need.

Victory Ministries
Address is 3964 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43213
They operate the Center of Hope Choice Food Pantry. This means families in new, including those with kids or single moms as well as immigrants, can shop for only what they need. There may be cereal, milk, Canned Meats, Diced tomatoes, Boxed stuffing, Tomato sauce, bread, juice, and more. Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas food boxes or ingredients may be given out too.

Obetz Community Center
1611 Chillicothe Street
Columbus, Ohio 43207
Call for help - (614) 491-4546

Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks
51 North High Street, Suite 761
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-4336
This non-profit works with local churches, charities, and feeding centers. They provide groceries and food boxes to those other locations, who then distribute it to families, children, and the elderly.

Better Way Ministries
6170 Olde Orchard Dr, Columbus, OH 43213. Phone number - 614-245-8099
An emergency food pantry is on site. There are free groceries along with baby formula, paper products, and household cleaning supplies.

Project Openhand - Columbus
1699 West Mound Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 298-8334
Partners with charities, non-profits, churches, and local Franklin County pantries.

Gospel Lighthouse
600 Frebis Avenue
Columbus, OH 43206
They operate a walk-in client choice pantry.

Inprem Holistic Community Resource Center
Address is 5757 Karl Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 256-4991
Many programs are run, including applications to benefits, free emergency food, USDA items, and more.







Citadel Worship and Service Center
Location is - 3662 Karl Road
Columbus, Ohio 43224
Dial - (614) 262-9611
Clients include immigrants, Latinos, and struggling families. Dried beans, sauce, dairy, lettuce, milk, and more me be offered.

West Mound Worship and Service Center
Location - 2300 West Mound Street
Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 274-7600
Fresh perishable food items are combined with canned goods to tackle hunger. There may be soup, rice, peanut butter, formula, and more.

Second Baptist Church
Main church address is 186 North 17th Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203
Call - (614) 253-4313

St. Johns Evangelical United Church of Christ
59 East Mound Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Main phone number - (614) 224-8634

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio
Location - 888 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, OH 43206
 (614) 445-8400
A number of resources are offered. They may even from time to time have financial assistance, clothes, and vouchers for items such as personal hygiene and household products.

Vineyard Church of Columbus
Center address - 6000 Cooper Road
Westerville, OH 43081
Dial (614) 890-0000 for hours.

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
Address of facility is 14 West Lakeview Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539

Second Baptist Church
Pantry address is 186 North 17th Street
Columbus, OH 43203
Call (614) 253-4313
Free meals and groceries are passed out to the needy and low income. Clients can be senior citizens in Franklin County and others.

Vineyard Community Church
15187 Palmer Road
Etna, OH 43018
For hours, dial (740) 927-7729
There is a food pantry and soup kitchen on site. Perishable goods as well as clothing and referrals are provided from volunteers and staff.

Short North Pantry - Vineyard Columbus
181 East Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 259-5441
Everything from a box of food to perishable fruits and vegetables are served.

First Community Church
1320 Cambridge Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 488-0681

Gladden Community House
183 Hawkes Avenue
Columbus, OH 43223
Telephone number - (614) 227-1600
A free food pantry is on site for the working poor. Other items may be clothing as well as information on government benefits, such as WIC vouchers.

Grace Nazarene Food Pantry
3601 Bexvie Avenue
Columbus, OH 43227
Dial for help (614) 231-6007

Military Veterans Resource Center
Address is 4889 Sinclair Rd, Suite 104
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Veterans, their family members, and children can get help. Free food, housing, benefits, cash aid, groceries, free personal hygiene or household supplies and more. They help veterans in Franklin County Ohio.

Columbus Christian Center
Location 2300 North Cassady Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Call 614-306-7905

Hilliard Senior Citizen Center
3810 Veterans Memorial Drive
Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 876-0747
Focuses on the needs of senior citizens and the elderly in Franklin County Ohio, as well as their caregivers. Services include meals on wheels, transportation to doctor appointments or grocery store, and more. Activities and workshops are also help for seniors and their spouses. Apply for government assistance such as Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

Clair United Methodist Church
293 E Barthman Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43207.
The pantry has limited hours. Phone (614) 444-5170

St. Ladislas
277 Reeb Ave,
Columbus, OH 43207
Phone:(614) 443-2828
While resources are limited, Franklin County families may receive meals, boxes of food, holiday assistance, and items such as blankets.

Holy Family Church
584 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Call the church at (614) 221-4323. A number of services can be provided.

Inner City Ministries
842 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43223
The phone number to dial is (614) 469-7920. Call them for information on how to get food for you and your family. Hot meals, canned goods, perishable items and more is offered. The center may also have other material goods such as clothing.







LifeCare Alliance
1699 West Mound Street
Columbus, OH 43223
Phone number - (614) 278-3130

Maternity Resource Center at Immanuel Baptist Church
Food pantry address is 3417 Palmetto Street
Columbus, Ohio 43204
Call (614) 272-7038 to get information or referrals to free food programs and government assistance. Everything from infant formula to single mothers, diapers, and health care needs can be met.

Canal Winchester Community Food Pantry
360 West Waterloo Street
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Dial (614) 834-4700 for information.
The non-profit will only help families in the Canal Winchester and Carroll School District. Free food is given twice per month, including groceries, fruits, and more.

Christian Assembly Church
Address : 4099 Karl Road
Columbus, Ohio 43224
(614) 261-8440

Crossroads United Methodist Church
1100 South Hague Avenue
Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 272-8242
The FISH pantry helps qualified low income families. Volunteers collect goods from the community and provide groceries to seniors, children, and unemployed, among others.

Military And Service Heroes Pantry
VLCC (In Church)
2735 Columbus Street
Grove City, Ohio 43123
The hours are Saturday's 9-11 am
Veterans (and their families) can be provided free food from the M.A.S.H. Pantry. They can also learn about other assistance programs, ranging from medical care to housing.

Livingston United Methodist Church
200 East Livingston Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6142
Rosemary's Cupboard will provide up to 5 days of emergency food. Soup, rice, bread, meats, and more. There may also be Christmas meals served in partnership with other churches.

The Bridge Community Center
Main address - 3750 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43228
(614) 272-2949
Learn about everything from SNAP food stamp application sites to surplus USDA commodities or home delivery services.

Temple of Faith Church of the Living God - RJ Hairston Seniors Community Outreach Pantry
1417 Brentnell Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Telephone number is (614) 252-6228
The food bank/retail store has toiletries, groceries, clothing, diapers, formula and free household products to the Brentnell community and other nearby towns.





Holy Family Pantry and Soup Kitchen
57 South Grubb Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 461-9444
Both hot meals are served as well as a free food pantry. Children can also drop in for a snack during the summer months, when they do not have free school lunches to feed them. There are also holiday meals to the poor and homeless.

Healthy Worthington Resource Center and Food Pantry
Address: 6700 Huntley Road
Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 985-1766
Up to 40 people can receive free food or surplus USDA commodities.

Find additional free food programs in Franklin County

The entire central Ohio, Franklin County, and Columbus region is supported by dozens of other food pantries as well as soup kitchens near you as well as grocery distribution centers. Dial 614.274.7770 or (614) 277-3663 to find details, addresses, and phone numbers of other centers to call for help.

Or learn about Feeding America hunger prevention in Mid-Ohio. Franklin County OH residents can apply for Meals on Wheels for the homebound, free school meals for students in Columbus Ohio, a weekend backpack program for snacks for kids and other help.


By Jon McNamara














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