NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY

And yet thousands of people go hungry in our community every day. Since 1980, we’ve been working with grocers, food companies, Ohio farmers, the USDA, community partners, and people like you to obtain food and distribute it to 650 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, and senior housing sites across central and eastern Ohio.

Mission

To end hunger one nourishing meal at a time and to co-create a sustainable community where everyone thrives.

 

VISION

A hunger-free and healthier community.

What we do

The most basic of needs is food. Feeding the line is at the core of what we do—putting food into the hands and onto the tables of hungry families. We are committed to creating food access points on all levels. We do this as we continue our work in ending the line—co-creating with the community, innovative ways to serve the whole person, understanding that hunger does not exist in isolation.  We also work to mobilize the public to support what we do through donations, advocacy and volunteerism. Where you come in is our way of being, or how we organize ourselves to do this work. 

PHYLLIS & JIM'S STORY: YOU LEARN TO FIX THINGS YOURSELF

“WE WOULDN’T NEED THIS HELP IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE MEDICAL BILLS.”

There isn’t a thing that Phyllis & Jim can’t fix or solve. They met and married as teenagers.  Jim worked for 44 years at the paper mill while Phyllis stayed home to raise their 6 kids.  “I worked a lot of overtime in those days to keep everyone fed,” Jim shared.  They also gardened and kept some livestock – something they can’t do anymore.  Mostly the pair learned to do whatever needed done.  According to Phyllis,“When you don’t have much, you can’t spend $100 on a repairman or replacements.  You learn to fix things yourself.”

 At Mid-Ohio Foodbank Produce Market in Ross County,  Phyllis explained “We’re in our late 70s and can make it on social security.  We stretch every dollar but produce is so expensive at the store.”  Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Produce Markets are held in partnership with various community organizations and give free produce to low-income families and individuals.  

 

Phyllis and Jim stretch their resources by doing practically everything themselves or with a bit of help from their kids.  Just last week, Phyllis chopped the wood for their stove.  (Jim’s bad back means he isn’t allowed to use the chainsaw anymore.)  

 

Last year, the couple had 45 doctor appointments mostly for Jim’s glaucoma and most of them an hour away in Columbus.  The co-pays and prescription costs add up quickly.  The couple hopes surgery will give Jim back his eyesight.

 

Phyllis gets fresh produce from the nearby markets to take home, and many times she gets enough that she cans or freezes some for later.  “Last year I put up a good amount of carrots, sauerkraut, applesauce, and green beans.”

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank is working toward closing the 67 million meal gap in our 20-county service area.

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Our Way Of Being

Organizing to do our best work.

• Co-create and communicate organizational values, guiding behaviors and competencies

• Strengthen our foundation

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Feed the Line

Connecting nutritious food to our hungry neighbors.

• Expand and diversify food sources

• Optimize food access for clients

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Mobilize the Public

Engaging the community to act.

• Raise awareness about hunger

• Engage all communities

• Inspire transformative action

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End the Line

Transforming lives.

• Engage the community in a client-centric transformation process

• Develop multi-level government response to hunger across our service territory

• Co-create client-centric resource centers