This is Reality

When someone is hungry, their stomach rumbles with a gnawing feeling. If this physical signal to eat is ignored, the body sends more serious indicators in the form of lightheadedness, headaches, and irritability. For most of us, these symptoms are quickly alleviated by our next meal or a quick snack. It is a temporary state of being.

Now imagine that you’re experiencing hunger, and there is no next meal. There is no quick snack. And you’re not sure when either of those will occur because you just used your last few dollars to put gas in the car, buy diapers, or pay a school fee for your child. What do you do?

This is a reality for thousands of our fellow citizens every day.

At Mid-Ohio Foodbank, we believe it’s not acceptable for thousands of our neighbors—most of them children and seniors—to go hungry. We aim to provide efficient, effective ways for hungry people to meet their basic food and nutrition needs.
How We Do It graphic. A visual representation how the Foodbank collects and distributes food and grocery products to  more than 550 partner agencies in a 20 county area.

Every Day

Where we get our food: 53% Local Food Source, 17% Federal Government, 11% State Government, 11% National Food Industry, and 8% Purchased.Mid-Ohio Foodbank handles a variety of donated and purchased food items including frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable food, as well as select personal care and paper products.

Sources of food for Mid-Ohio Foodbank include the USDA, food manufacturers, local produce growers, community organizations and Ohio businesses. Once food arrives at our facility, staff and volunteers sort, repack and store it in our warehouse, which can house up to 5 million pounds of food.

How We Help

The Foodbank’s network of more than 550 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, are then able to order the food they need from available inventory through an online ordering system. Agencies choose to either pick-up their orders at our facility or have the food delivered to them directly.

Our agencies directly distribute a vast majority of the 48 million pounds of food the Foodbank handles every year. Through these partnerships, we provide more than 107,000 meals every day for hungry people in central and eastern Ohio across our 20-county service area.

With agencies that range from after-school sites to senior housing sites, a great deal of the food distributed by the Foodbank ends up on forks of children and seniors. Some of our programs and initiatives target these age groups specifically, to help put food on the tables of our most vulnerable neighbors

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