About Us

At Mid-Ohio Foodbank, we find it unacceptable for thousands of our neighbors—most of them children and seniors—to go hungry. We aim to provide efficient, effective ways for hungry people to meet their basic food and nutrition needs.

Our History

2016 marks the 36th anniversary of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Although we distributed just 205,200 pounds of food in our first year, our organization now handles more than 66.5 million pounds annually. Through our agency partnerships, we provide more than 149,164 meals every day to hungry people across central and eastern Ohio.

1980

The Operation Feed Foodbank opened its doors in April, distributing 205,200 pounds of food in the first year.

1981

The Operation Feed Foodbank moved to a 10,000 square-foot warehouse.

1982

The Operation Feed Foodbank joins forces with other food banks around the country as a member of Second Harvest (now Feeding America). The Foodbank also held its first community-wide food and funds drive (now called Operation Feed).

1983

The first WBNS Food Parade was held.

1986

Operation Feed became the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and moved to a larger warehouse on West Mound Street. Nine and a half million pounds of food were distributed that year.

1987

A formal volunteer program and a food reclamation program (to keep good food out of landfills) were created.

1989

The Foodbank distributed 11 million pounds of food and received the National Award for Excellence in Food-banking.

1990

A key grant from the UPS Foundation allowed the Foodbank to start its Second Servings program.

1991

The first Mid-Ohio Foodbank Golf Classic was held.

1992

The Foodbank participated in Operation Desert Share, distributing post-war surplus food from Desert Storm.

1993

The Foodbank developed a rural development program.

1994

The Foodbank hosted the Second Harvest Central Region Food Bank Conference.

1995

The Rising to Meet the Need capital campaign raises $3 million to refurbish the Mound Street warehouse.

1997

The Foodbank received an award from the Congressional Hunger Center and founded Produce Express.

1999

The Foodbank begins agency delivery service and forms its Agency Council.

2001

The Foodbank begins its Weekend Take-home Groceries/BackPack program.

2002

The Foodbank launches www.midohiofoodbank.org.

2005

The Foodbank begins offering online ordering for agencies and a Mobile Market to deliver groceries and fresh produce. The Foodbank distributed 28.6 million pounds of food this year.

2006

The Foodbank participated in the quadrennial Hunger in America Study.

2007

The Foodbank was certified by the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations for meeting its Standards of Excellence requirements, and received the Better Business Bureau Charity Accreditation Seal.

2008

The Foodbank launches its $16 million Campaign to Sustain capital campaign to fund its current facility in Grove City.

2009

The Foodbank moves into its current facility.

2011

The Foodbank distributed over 40 million pounds of food for the first time.

2012

The Kroger Community Food Pantry opens, allowing the Foodbank to gain hands-on pantry experience, while helping to build capacity for its network, now more than 550 agencies strong.

Publications

Learn about the people receiving help, the work that makes it possible, and how you can get involved by reading our most recent publications. 

NewsFeed – a quarterly newsletter highlighting the work of the community and the people helped. 

Plenty – Updates to our donors

2016 Annual Report – A review of the past year in stories and financial information.

Our Partners

To ensure that hungry people have consistent access to nutritious food, the Foodbank sources, procures, processes and delivers food and grocery products from private donors, the food industry, local farmers and the state/federal government to emergency and non-emergency feeding programs.

 

Through our partner network of over 650 not-for-profit partner agencies across 20 Ohio counties, we are able to work together to effectively respond and support the unique hunger challenges facing Ohio communities. Through these partnerships, Mid-Ohio Foodbank distributes more than 60 million pounds of food each year.

 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN AGENCY PARTNER?

Click on the link below for information on how to become a Mid-Ohio Foodbank member agency.

 

MOF Partner Requirements

 

Our Facility

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank is a US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building. Our facility earned this certification because it was designed and constructed in a sustainable manner that minimizes the Foodbank’s impact on the environment.

 

To schedule a tour of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, please contact Gabby Fata via phone at 614.317.9453 or via email at GFATA@MIDOHIOFOODBANK.ORG.