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At Mid-Ohio Foodbank, we believe it’s not acceptable for thousands of our neighbors—most of them children and seniors—to go hungry. That’s why we strive to provide efficient, effective ways for hungry people to meet their basic food and nutrition needs.

UNDERSTANDING HUNGER

If you’re like most people, your stomach rumbles with a gnawing feeling when you get hungry. If you ignore this physical signal to eat, you might experience more significant consequences—lightheadedness, headaches, and irritability for example. Fortunately, your next meal or quick snack quickly alleviates these symptoms. For most of us, hunger is temporary.

Now imagine that you are hungry and there is no next meal. There is no quick snack. And you’re not sure when your next meal will be because you just used your last few dollars to put gas in the car, buy diapers, or pay a school fee for your child.

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

Jack’s Story: We Just Needed the Extra Help

Jack, an 88 year-old WWII veteran, turned to the Kroger Community Food Pantry to help make ends meet when he and his wife Ruth took in their granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.  “We just needed the extra help.”

World War II veteran, Jack, is 88 years old.  When he and his wife Ruth took in their granddaughter and two great-grandchildren to live with them, they needed extra help to make ends meet.

 

A year ago, Jack told Ruth, “I’m going down to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and see what they have to help us.” When he arrived, he received a warm welcome and healthy, nutritious food.  “It wasn’t too difficult to come in for help and the pantry staff was nothing but good to me,” Jack shared.

 

While visiting the pantry for the first time, Jack ran into a friend from church who was volunteering.  Jack started volunteering the following week and even though his granddaughter and great-grandchildren have moved out, he often gets food after his volunteer shift because he and Ruth still need a little extra help. 

COUNTIES WE SERVE

The connections we have with more than 654 partner agencies across our 20-county service area are crucial to our mission. These food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, and senior housing sites ensure that the food we deliver gets to the people who need it most. The impact is incredible—these agencies provide 121,625 meals each day.

 

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Click on a county to review a report detailing how residents in that area are served.

 

BELMONT

COSHOCTON

DELAWARE

FAIRFIELD

FAYETTE

FRANKLIN

GUERNSEY

HARRISON

JEFFERSON

KNOX

LICKING

MADISON

MARION

MONROE

MORROW

MUSKINGUM

NOBLE

PICKAWAY

ROSS

UNION