HOW WE DO IT

Sources of food for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), food manufacturers, local produce growers, community organizations, and Ohio businesses.

Our network of more than 650 member agencies directly distribute the vast majority of the 66.5 million pounds of food the Mid-Ohio Foodbank handles each year. Through these partnerships, we provide more than 149,164 meals each day for hungry people in central and eastern Ohio.

Food Donors

Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Partner Agencies

525,000 Hungry Ohioans

Cynthia's Story

Health, Hope Healing

Cynthia has faced huge challenges.  She earned a master’s degree and had a good job working in human resources.  Then she was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors were able to remove her tumors, but the medicine they prescribed made her very sick and unable to work.  Being unemployed, she couldn’t afford a nutritious diet – something that’s critical to maintain her health.   

The local Mid-Ohio Foodbank Produce Market makes a huge difference for Cynthia.  “The free, whole foods I receive are what I need to heal,” said Cynthia.  Mid-Ohio Foodbank delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to her local church for a farmers’ market style distribution to neighbors struggling to feed themselves and their families. 

THRIVE / FLOURISH

We collaborate with community partners to transform lives. It is only when everyone in our community thrives that we have any hope of ending hunger.

FOOD IS HEALTH

With a sharper understanding of client needs, we are expanding our focus to our “food is health” strategies and outcomes, as well as programs that help our neighbors gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to access and prepare healthier foods. Learning from our clients informs how our work evolves.

The nutrition programs at Mid-Ohio Foodbank align with those  presented at ChooseMyPlate.gov, a website created by the USDA to help remind consumers to make healthier food choices.

URBAN FARMS OF CENTRAL OHIO

In an effort to meet Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s mission of ending hunger one nourishing meal at a time and co-creating a sustainable community where everyone thrives, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank has created Urban Farms of Central Ohio.

This new initiative is designed to transform vacant and underutilized sites in under-served neighborhoods into productive, sustainable, urban farms that provide low-income, food-insecure residents increased access to fresh, local produce, and encourage civic engagement.

SOUTH SIDE ROOTS CAFE, MARKET & KITCHEN

Located at the Reeb Avenue Center, South Side Roots Market offers affordable grocery items at a lower cost than major grocery chains to increase access. South Side Roots Cafe offers low cost meals with a varied payment structure, allowing patrons to pay for their meal, pay it forward for a neighbor’s meal or pay through volunteering. South Side Kitchen provides meals for the South Side Learning and Development Center and Boys and Girls Club of Columbus after-school program.

Kroger Community Pantry

The Kroger Community Pantry is located within the Mid-Ohio Foodbank at 3960 Brookham Drive in Grove City. The choice style pantry was established in January 2012 and serves hungry neighbors from Franklin and surrounding counties. The pantry is also a learning-lab, providing first hand knowledge into the challenges faced by our agency partners and clients.