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Food pantries in Erie County Ohio.

Whether it is a free box of food or other basic needs, the pantries and clothing closets across Erie County Ohio can often help. They focus on offering non-financial aid, but there may always also be referrals to other resources. This means that offering food or a hot meal will be priority, with a secondary focus on funds for bills or other critical needs.

The hours and application process at each center will vary. Many are only open a few times per month, so it is recommended to call a food bank before stopping by. The distribution centers, many of which are client choice, may have a wide range of items for distribution. Examples can be fruits, Ensure for senior citizens, baby formula for single moms, boxes of canned groceries, and more. Some of the Erie County sites even have a soup kitchen on site.

Of secondary importance will be other supplies. Examples of these can range from clothes for work or school to Christmas toys for children. But the pantries may be able to help with those needs too.

Master's Hand Castalia
7410 Magill Road
Castalia, Ohio 44824-9735
Phone: (419) 359-1831
Income qualified families can only use the food pantry at most one time per month.

Care and Share of Erie County
Main address - 241 Jackson Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
(419) 624-1411
Many services are run. There is both a food bank and clothing distribution center. Clients can receive shoes, appliances, food, clothing and shoes, gently used winter coats, household goods, kitchenware, bedding, diapers, and housewares. Referrals are also given to SNAP food stamps and other government aid.




Father's Heart Ministries
1814 Milan Road
Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 609-0110
Emergency boxes of fresh or canned groceries are passed out.

New Day Family Resource Center
1135 Warren Street
Sandusky, OH 44870
Phone - (419) 626-8730
Basic needs include formula, fruits, and canned goods.

United Church of Christ Congregational
Address is 990 State St
Vermilion, OH
Phone number is (440) 967-5212
An emergency pantry is on site.

Community Action Commission of Erie County
908 Seavers Way
Sandusky, OH 44870
Call (419) 626-4320 for information.
Referrals are given to local charities. Other aid include job programs, application to WIC and food stamps, and other government aid.

Salvation Army Erie County
3333 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
(419) 626-3862
Many programs are run. Emergency food and Thanksgiving or Christmas meals are available in Erie County. They also have financial aid for bills or medical needs, Christmas meals and toys, and case management.




Volunteers of America Greater Ohio
1843 Superior Street
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Telephone - (419) 626-6505
Personal hygiene items such as soap or cleaning supplies are passed out to the low income and homeless. Food boxes are also offered.

Many other Erie County pantries are in the region. So if a center is not near where a person lives, then they can dial 419-242-5000. Services range from soup kitchens to Meals on Wheels for the elderly and seniors and much more.

By Jon McNamara

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