Kroger Community Pantry

Established in 2012, the Kroger Community Food Pantry operates as a choice food pantry and is open to the community four days a week. Individuals and families with household incomes less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible to receive food from the pantry.

Kroger Community Pantry FAQ

Mid-Ohio Foodbank launched the Kroger Community Pantry in January 2012. The pantry is located at the Foodbank’s 3960 Brookham Drive location in Grove City. For more information, call 614.317.9487.

The pantry follows the same State of Ohio guidelines that the Foodbank’s other partner agencies use and offers a mix of non-perishable products, frozen meats, dairy products, fresh produce and an assortment of breads.

The Kroger Community Pantry hours are Tuesdays from Noon to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to posted closing time.

***Because the pantry relies on volunteers to remain open, the pantry may close earlier than the above posted times. Please call 614-317-9487 before you arrive to hear any changes to the above schedule..***

Q: How often can I shop?

Families may receive one full shop every month as needed. No appointment is necessary. Families are also eligible to shop for bread and fresh produce every remaining week of the month, as desired. You may visit the pantry once per week.

Please take a number when you arrive. When your number is called, check-in with the volunteer at the Welcome Desk. You will then be directed to the waiting area until a volunteer calls your name to assist you through the shopping process.

Q: How do families qualify to get food?

A: We use the same State of Ohio guidelines that our partner agencies use. Families must have income below 200% of the Federal Poverty numbers, be residents of Ohio, and provide identification for each member of the household they are claiming. For example, a family of four making $48,499 or less a year would be eligible to receive food. Learn more about the qualification process here.

Q: What documents do I need to bring when I visit the pantry?

A: Please bring these required documents with you during your first visit with us after July 1st:

ID

Adults 18+

  • Valid, government issued photo identification (copy is OK) is required for all adults. Acceptable documents are current Driver’s License, State ID, Passport, H1B/H4 Visas, Green Card, or Consular ID.

Children under 18

  • Birth Certificate, Care Source card, healthcare card, custody paperwork, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services document listing all children, or school/library IDs.

Proof of Residency

  • Adults 18+
    • Utility bill, rental agreement/lease/mortgage document, certified mail, doctor’s bill, or Ohio Department of Job and Family Services document with current address
    • All documents must be current within 3 months, excluding lease/rental agreement

You must have both ID and proof of address for each adult verified on your account. After July 1st, we will serve those who have been verified in your household. Re-verification will only be required once per year after July 1st. After your household has been re-verified, you will not be required to show any additional information (other than your ID) until July, 2017, unless you wish to add additional members to your household or change your address.

Q: Is there a cost to shop at the Pantry?

There is no cost for the food we provide to the hungry families we serve.

Q: Does the Pantry serve families outside of Grove City?

Yes, the Pantry at Mid-Ohio Foodbank (MOF) is open to all qualifying residents in and around Columbus & Franklin County. Given the proximity to Pickaway, Madison, and Fairfield counties, we also help families from those communities from time to time.

Q: How do families shop for their food?

We utilize some of our wonderful volunteers to assist families as they come through the pantry. Through our signage and volunteers, we advise the families about what foods are available and which are healthy choices. Our volunteers also can push shopping carts for people who need a little extra assistance. To sign up for pantry volunteer shifts or to learn about other Foodbank volunteer opportunities, click here.

Q: Will this "hurt" other food pantries in the area?

Not at all! There is such a demand right now that nearly every pantry is running at capacity, and some are scheduling families two or three days in advance.

Q: Does the Food Pantry offer any additional services?

Yes, we support the families we serve by making other services available. We provide assistance to families who need to get registered for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – formerly known as “Food Stamps.” We also offer other support services through the Ohio Benefit Bank and other 3rd-party groups. This helps families stretch their food budget, live healthier, and be better prepared for the everyday challenges of food insecurity.

Q: What if I have a question that is not addressed here?

Feel free to call the Food Pantry Coordinator at 614.317.9482 with any additional questions about the Kroger Community Pantry.

Volunteer at the Kroger Community Pantry

Last year, the Kroger Community Food Pantry at Mid-Ohio Foodbank provided groceries to nearly 8,000 households in the greater Columbus area. The success of the Pantry depends on the commitment and generosity of many volunteers. We need people to staff the Welcome Desk, stock grocery items, and assist families shopping in the Pantry.

WATCH A VIDEO that tells more about volunteering in the Kroger Community Food Pantry

Kroger Community Pantry Closure Schedule 2017

  • Saturday, May 27
  • Tuesday, July 4
  • Saturday, September 2
  • Friday, November 24
  • Saturday, November 25
  • Saturday, December 23
  • Saturday, December 30

Please plan your shopping accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.