Foodbank opens on-site pantry!

The Kroger Community Pantry opens at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.A sample of the items that were available at the new Kroger Community Pantry.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. For directions, click here.

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

Kroger Community Pantry FAQs

Here’s a bit more about the Kroger Community Pantry:

   Q: What are the pantry’s hours of operation?

A: Current hours at the Kroger Community Pantry are on Tuesdays from Noon to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

   Q: When am I eligible to shop?

A: Families may receive one full shop every month as needed. No appointment is necessary. Eligibility for your full shop is based upon the last name of your Head of Household. Please note that occasionally, these dates will change during holidays that interfere with the normal shopping schedule. Please call the pantry info line at 614.317.9487 to confirm prior to visiting.

  • A – F may receive their full shop during open pantry days between the 1st – 7th of every month
  • G – L may receive their full shop during open pantry days between the 8th – 14th of every month
  • M – R may receive their full shop during open pantry days between the 15th – 21st of every month
  • S – Z may receive their full shop during open pantry days between the 22nd – end of every month

If you have multiple last names or a hyphenated last name, the bolded letters in the example below indicate what letter will be used in determining your monthly full shop eligibility:

  • Standard: Jane Doe
  • Hyphenated: Jane Doe-Clark
  • Multiple Last Names: Jane Doe Clark
  • Multiple First and Last Names: Jane Marie Doe Clark

Please take a number when you arrive. When your number is called, check-in with the volunteer at the Welcome Desk. If it is not your week for a full shop, you may still visit us for fresh fruits, vegetables, and bread.

   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 $47,699 or less a year would be eligible to receive food. Learn more about the qualification process here.

   Q: What documents will I need to bring?

A: A current photo ID for the Head of Household, some form of ID for all additional members of the household and proof of address for all adults, 18+, in the household. Acceptable forms of proof of address include rental agreements and/or utility bills.

   Q: How much does it cost to shop at the Pantry?

A: 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?

A: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?

A: 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. We even provide simple cooking tips. Our volunteers also can push shopping carts for people who need a little extra assistance. To sign up for pantry volunteer orientation or learn about other Foodbank volunteer opportunities, click here.

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

A: 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. Also, our hours of operation support families at times when other pantries are closed. The Pantry at MOF serves as a “learning lab” to help us do a better job of supporting our partner agency network.

   Q: Does the Food Pantry offer any additional services?

A: 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 isn’t addressed here?

A: Feel free to call Jessica Wright, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 614.317.9482 with any additional questions about the Kroger Community Pantry.

Mount Carmel Mobile Outreach at the Kroger Food Pantry

The Mt. Carmel Mobile Outreach will be at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.You can visit the Mt. Carmel Mobile Outreach at Mid-Ohio Foodbank's Kroger Community Food Pantry on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.From the under-served to the homeless, those with limited access to quality health care can come to a safe, convenient site near where they live to get checkups, receive needed vaccinations, get urgent healthcare, receive mental health counseling, and obtain referrals to community health programs. Inside this urgent care center on wheels are a family practice physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, medical technicians, bilingual case workers and administrators who provide the care and support these patients need most.

The Mount Carmel Mobile Health Coach will be at the food pantry every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 1:00-3:00 P.M. starting June 10. To learn more about the Mount Carmel Mobile Coach, email Ladonya Brady, R.N., B.S.N., Mount Carmel Outreach Clinical Manager.

Interested in Volunteering?

Interested in volunteering in the food pantry? click here to sign up!We need people to assist families shopping in the Pantry, to staff the Welcome Desk, and to stock grocery items in the Pantry. Click here to view the Food Pantry Training video. If you are interested in volunteering in the Pantry, please visit VolunteerHub or contact Jessica Wright, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 614.317.9482. Welcome desk volunteers must be 18+. Individuals aged 11-15 are welcome to volunteer in the pantry as Pantry Assistants with adult supervision. Due to the nature of the pantry environment, we are unable to host volunteers under the age of 11.