Foodbank 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 mix of non-perishable products, frozen meats, dairy products, fresh produce and an assortment of breads.


3 Scheduled Fresh Produce Markets at the Kroger Pantry

  • Thursday, September 3rd from 4:30 -7:00PM (Also GO ORANGE! Day for Hunger Action Month. Swing by before you head home, to show off your orange duds!)
  • Wednesday, November 25th from 4:30 - 7:00PM
  • Wednesday, December 23rd from 4:30 - 7:00PM

Markets will take place directly outside of the Agency Services pick-up docks, underneath the overhang – rain or shine!


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. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to posted closing time.
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, the pantry may close earlier than the above posted times. Please call 614-317-9482 for more information.*

   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 $48,499 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: Please bring these required documents with you during your first visit with us after July 1st:

ID FOR ALL FAMILY MEMBERS

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, or Green Card
Children under 18
  • Birth Certificate, Care Source card (only accepted with attached address portion), custody paperwork, or Ohio Department of Job and Family Services document listing all children and adults, or school/library ID
And Proof of Residency for ALL Family Members
  • 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
  • Children
    • Official school/Daycare documents, letter/bill from physician containing child’s name, Care Source card (only accepted with attached address portion), Ohio Department of Job and Family Services document with current address

You must have both ID and proof of address for each individual 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 your household has been re-verified, you will not be required to show any additional information (other than your ID) until July, 2016, unless you wish to add additional members to your household or change your address.

   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. 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?

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.

   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

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 go 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.

Kroger Community Pantry staff will be happy to direct you to your nearest Mobile Health Coach site. To learn more about the Mount Carmel Mobile Coach, email Ladonya Brady, R.N., B.S.N., Mount Carmel Outreach Clinical Manager, or visit www.mountcarmelhealth.com.

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.