COVID-19 Updates and Resources


The health and well-being of our customers, volunteers and staff are top priorities for us here at the Foodbank. To that end and due to the public health threat that faces our community, it is more important now than ever that we educate one another as information comes in. This page will be updated daily with recent news, resources, and procedures as new discoveries and announcements are made about the coronavirus (COVID-19) as they relate to our work here at Mid-Ohio Foodbank.



Health is a top priority

The health of our community, our customers, our staff, and our volunteers is of the utmost importance here at the Foodbank. We are mobilizing new strategies, approaches and options in connecting food to our hungry neighbors during this public health threat, allowing us to step up at a time when the community and those we serve demand it. Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of taking care of each other, we want to advise you of several steps that we are taking, designed to proactively reduce the risk of contagion across our organization and network. Throughout this page, you will find a menu of different procedure updates and available resources in response to announcements and safety measures put in place to combat this virus in the State of Ohio and nationwide.

About COVID-19: What You Need To Know information sheets:



How can I get food?

  • Without judgment, our anchor asset Mid-Ohio Foodbank and its partner agencies across central and eastern Ohio are here to help connect you to the food you need. Visit our Get Food page and select your county to see which of Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s partners are in your area.


  • If you are ill, under quarantine, disabled, or otherwise cannot make it to a pantry yourself, all Mid-Ohio Foodbank partner agencies use a proxy process where you can send someone you trust to pick up food for you. You can use a proxy by:
    • OR
      • Submitting a handwritten note stating that you are in need of food assistance including your first and last name, your full home address, and the first and last name of the person you would like to pick up food for you.

    These can be sent electronically and/or shown during registration upon arrival to the pantry or other partner agency. The person picking up the order must have valid photo ID.


What is Mid-Ohio Food Collective doing to keep volunteers and customers safe?

  • We are doing everything we can to lessen the risk of transmission. Our facilities team has quickly responded to this unprecedented situation by stepping up efforts to ensure the cleanliness of our building and environs. The team is using bleach, Lysol and peroxide, which officials have identified as a highly-effective disinfectant.  Cleaning efforts are more frequent, especially in high traffic areas throughout the building, such as restrooms, breakrooms, volunteer areas, etc. Additionally, the team is focusing on frequent wipe-downs on door handles, elevator buttons, railings, counter tops, etc. Officials with the CDC continue to emphasize that handwashing is still the most effective means to mitigate community spread. When volunteering, please wash your hands frequently and use the hand sanitizer stations that have been added and located throughout the building. The Foodbank will also have gloves available for volunteers to use, especially when handling food and grocery products.


  • We have advised the partner agencies within our network to also take the above steps, and to implement “No Touch Model” food distribution strategies like shifting to pre-packaged boxes of food, hosting “drive-thru” pantries where residents can drive a vehicle through the distribution line, switching to a number system to avoid large numbers of people standing closely in line, and encouraging at-risk customers or anyone feeling ill to send a trusted person to shop on their behalf. Visit the Kroger Community Pantry page to see the new procedure we have implemented for our own on-site pantry, and check out our Alternative Distribution Processes and Guidelines.

How can I help?

  • In the coming weeks, we know that more community support will be needed, especially in two areas:
    1. Volunteer help will be needed in our Kitchen as we prepare more meals for children, especially over the coming weeks when schools are closed. We are also in great need of volunteers to help prepare pre-packaged boxes with dairy, protein, produce, bread and shelf-stable food for distribution to customer vehicles at our on-site Kroger Community Food Pantry.
    2. Additional financial support from the community will be required for the acquisition of more food. We have created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to acquire and distribute more food and supplies to continue to meet the needs of our current customers, while also addressing the rising need as job opportunities are impacted by this crisis.


Mobile Produce Markets at Columbus City Schools

In addition to other school districts within our 20-county footprint, Columbus City Schools  is distributing free breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 and under, including children who do not attend a school within the district. In partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Collective and Columbus Recreation and Parks, has also extended the Mobile Produce Market available at various food service sites through May. Free bags of fresh produce will be provided to adults to pick up produce groceries to take home during student grab-and-go meal pick-up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Select your language below to check this month’s full schedule, or scroll down this page to check out all “School Service Resources by County”.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Distributing Care Kits

Aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in central Ohio, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will hand out thousands of community care kits to vulnerable populations in Franklin County. The kits contain isolation masks, soap, hand sanitizer, dental hygiene supplies, water and educational materials. Starting Monday, May 11, teams will distribute the community care kits to residents in vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately impacted by coronavirus.

Read the full story on the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center website, or CLICK HERE to see the Community Care Kit distribution schedule.

Ohio Disaster Household Distribution Program

Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the major asset of the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, is deeply appreciative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) approval for an Ohio Disaster Household Distribution Program. This approval, through April 30, will allow Mid-Ohio Foodbank staff and members of the Ohio National Guard and Ohio Military Reserve serving those newly in need of assistance to do so in a safer manner.

This approval most importantly waives the household verification and income eligibility requirements normally connected to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). It will allow us to serve the large number of first-time customers seeking our help during this public health threat without requiring close person-to-person contact to collect items like name, address, household demographics and income verification.

The declaration also increases to the maximum amount allowable under law monthly allocations for SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) recipients. While it does not increase the food supply, including additional food boxes, flowing to food banks it does provide needed additional support to families who rely on SNAP for enough food to make it through the month.

Read the full statement here.

Smith, Day & Holtmann Families Contribute $175,000 to Mid-Ohio Food Collective

In response to the increasing number of central Ohioans who are facing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, three Ohio State athletics families are teaming up to provide much-needed funds to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and his wife, Sheila, head football coach Ryan Day and his wife, Nina, and head basketball coach Chris Holtmann and his wife, Lori, are joining to donate $35,000 a month between April and August – a total of $175,000 – to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The fund will help the food bank acquire and distribute food and supplies to existing families in need while also addressing the increased demand from families recently impacted by the health crisis.

Matt Habash, president and CEO of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, says the donation will go a long way in helping the food bank meet the surging need for assistance.

“We understand that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and that it will take months for many of our struggling neighbors to recover,” Habash said. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of these amazing families to be on this journey with us.”

Read more by visiting or join the Buckeye Nation in supporting families impacted by COVID-19 by making a donation.


The Ohio National Guard – 100 strong – arrived on-site today and received a condensed, but robust, onboarding, after which our volunteer team deployed soldiers to help in sorting, loading/packing emergency food boxes, in the pantry and with Mid-Ohio Kitchen. Nearly 400 Ohio National Guard soldiers are being deployed to assist twelve food banks statewide. Ten soldiers accompanied the 1,600 meals prepped/prepared by our Mid-Ohio Kitchen team destined for delivery to the downtown YMCA, serving about 550 resident and emergency homeless men. We are so incredibly grateful to have their assistance during this time, making the continuation of our work possible during this public health crisis.


Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security in support of Franklin County Public Health and Columbus Public Health launched text message alerts for residents to receive the latest information on the coronavirus in central Ohio. Residents can text “COVID19FC” to 888-777 to receive real-time updates and instructions on the coronavirus on their mobile device.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of Ohio and Cuyahoga County have issued new guidance surrounding the public benefits many Ohioans rely on, including Supplemental Assistance for needy Families (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) and Medicaid.

Medicaid recipients can now utilize telehealth services even for first-time appointments. Redeterminations are suspended for 180 days, Medicaid benefits will not be lost if the renewal process isn’t able to be completed.

For SNAP and Ohio Works First, redeterminations are suspended for six months, meaning if benefits were supposed to expire in March, they now expire in September, April in October, May in November, and so on.

For unemployment benefits, quarantined workers are eligible for unemployment benefits even if they are not diagnosed with COVID19, work search requirements are waived during the pandemic, the waiting period is waived and partially-unemployed people can receive benefits.


All People’s Fresh Market, a free community market for those needing food assistance, is remaining open so that families in our community can continue to have access to free fresh fruits and vegetables. The market’s operations have been adapted to maximize safety by switching from in-house shopping to drive-up and walk-up service.

In addition, the United Methodist Free Store staff are distributing hygiene kits to families to ensure that they can stay clean to stay healthy, and the Youth Development team is distributing free, ready-made dinners to school-age children each afternoon. The All People’s Fresh Market resides at 945 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206. Membership is free and currently based on income eligibility. Simply visit the All People’s Fresh Market during open hours and present your photo ID to register. Visit the All People’s Fresh Market website or Facebook to learn more.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on March 15, 2020, that the Ohio Department of Health had issued a Director’s Order that closed all Ohio bars and restaurant dining rooms. Restaurants with carry-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services for the time being. To give relief to those who will temporarily be suspended from their jobs in food service, Governor DeWine also issued an executive order granting the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) the authority to accept and grant requests for unemployment compensation immediately. This executive order includes benefits for employees who can’t work because their employer has closed, employees under investigation for the virus, and employees without access to paid sick or vacation time. Those who apply for unemployment under these circumstances will be exempt from the requirement that they be actively seeking work. Visit the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services unemployment FAQ page to learn about applying for unemployment during this time.

If you are an individual who is suspended from employment and have no income, you are eligible to receive food from Mid-Ohio Foodbank;  we have resources for you:

  • If you need access to fresh and shelf-stable groceries, visit our Get Food page. Select the resource card for the county in which you live to see which of our agency partners are in your area. You are welcome and eligible to use these resources!
  • In the absence of income, you are eligible to apply for the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. SNAP benefits will ease access to food, groceries, and other necessities. Apply by visiting or feel free to reach out to our SNAP Outreach Team here at Mid-Ohio Foodbank for more information or for help with applying for benefits.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s South Side Roots Cafe Procedure Change After Dining Room Closures

South Side Roots has switched its cafe model to the distribution pre-packaged boxes while this rule is in effect. Pre-packaged, carry-out meals are being distributed near the Reeb Avenue Center’s gymnasium from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekly Community Dinner is also being served as grab-and-go on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In the interest of keeping human contact to an absolute minimum, what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) calls “social distancing,” we believe that this is the safest course of action to take moving forward, especially during these challenging times.


As a result of a resolution passed during emergency action by the COTA Board of Trustees this morning, COTA President/CEO Joanna M. Pinkerton has issued the following changes for all COTA transit services – fixed route, Mainstream and COTA//PLUS on-demand:

  • COTA is not charging fare – all rides are be free – for transit during the COVID-19 Pandemic, although COTA recommends that customers limit non-essential bus travel until further notice.
  • Customers using transit are to board and exit vehicles from the rear of transit vehicles, except ADA/wheelchair service who will continue to use the ramp at the front door
  • Customers are asked to continue practicing social distancing and sit at least one seat apart from other customers

COTA has also provided resources on how to get to your local food pantry and, for students out of school, how to get to your school. For more information on modified routes and steps that COTA is taking to combat the transmission of COVID-19, visit



The health and well-being of our customers, volunteers and staff are top priorities for us here at the Foodbank.  To that end and due to the most recent coronavirus updates, the Kroger Community Food Pantry has moved its shopping model to pre-packaged boxes until further notice.

Upon arrival to the Foodbank’s parking lot, every vehicle will be given a number and asked to park in an orderly fashion.  A volunteer or staff member will conduct registration at the vehicle and a pre-packaged box will be delivered.  There is no need for you to get out of your vehicle as the food box will be brought directly to you.  In the interest of keeping human contact to an absolute minimum, what the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) calls “social distancing,” we believe that this is the safest course of action to take moving forward, especially during these challenging times.


  • Monday – CLOSED
  • Tuesday – 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. AND 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday – 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Friday – 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Saturday – 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday – CLOSED

We so appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all look out for one another during this public health threat and as this situation continues to unfold.  Thank you.

School Food Service Resources by County

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that schools for children in grades K-12 will be closed, starting on Tuesday, March 17th and continuing through Friday, April 3rd. This action presents the challenge of connecting school-aged children who receive free and/or reduced meals with food during this absence from school. We are exploring a number of paths to face this challenge as our Kid’s Cafe/Kitchen team continues to explore channels to meet the need.

In response to these school closures, many Ohio schools are still finding ways to meet the needs of students who might otherwise go without meals.

Restaurants and other sites offering meals to students

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on March 15, 2020, that the Ohio Department of Health had issued a Director’s Order that closed all Ohio bars and restaurant dining rooms, but restaurants with carry-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services for the time being. Here are a few central Ohio restaurants and other sites offering meals to students our of school, however, each of these offers below are strictly grab-and-go to reduce risk for transmission.


  • Children’s Hunger Alliance is distributing ready-to-eat meals to all children 18 years of age and under at three Columbus Metropolitan Library branches:
    • CML Whitehall Branch on E. Broad St. from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • CML Northern Lights Branch on Cleveland Ave from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    • CML Barnett Branch on E. Livingston Ave from 12-1 p.m.


  • The LunchBox Ohio is packing bags of food for children who do not have access to their school’s food programs. They will be delivering take-home bags to various neighborhoods throughout the duration of school closures. Follow The LunchBox Ohio on Facebook to see where they’re visiting next.


  • Piada Italian Street Food is offering a FREE kids pasta with sauce, cheese and a fountain drink, Monday-Friday, during lunch hours of 10:45am – 1:00pm to students affected.


  • The Lox Bagel Shop is offering FREE bagels for all children affected by school closures during their open hours.


  • Tim Hortons is offering a FREE meal of half grilled cheese or turkey sandwich with chips, milk, and two timbits to kids 12 & under at participating Columbus locations between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Mondays through Friday until April 2nd.


  • Legacy Smokehouse in Hilliard is offering free lunch for kids from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch includes a pulled pork slider or turkey hotdog, applesauce, and drink.


  • Moody Trudy Food Truck is offering free meals to kids from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 4490 Indianola Ave.


  • Fusian is offering $1 grab-and-go peanut butter and jelly rolls to kids and their families at all locations.


  • Smoked on High BBQ is offering a FREE order of drummies or pulled chicken at their Brewery District location, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. as supplies last.


  • El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant is offering FREE lunches to students in need, Monday-Friday, from 2-5 p.m. as supplies last.
    MONDAY: Chicken enchilada, rice and beans.
    TUESDAY: Ground Beef hard shell taco, rice and beans.
    WEDNESDAY: Chicken quesadilla, rice and beans.
    THURSDAY: Ground beer burrito with cheese sauce, rice and beans.
    FRIDAY: Chicken Nachos.


  • Greek Express is offering FREE lunch to any school-aged child in need from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday, at any of their 5 locations throughout central Ohio.


***Our partners at COTA have offered to provide free bus rides to all students who need to get to a grab-and-go feeding site in the Columbus Metropolitan Area. Children under 48 inches tall always ride COTA at no charge, but during this challenging time, children taller than 48 inches who need to access a meal at these school food locations can make COTA operator aware they need a ride for no charge as well.

  • Columbus City Schools  is distributing free breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 and under from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 14 feeding sites, including children who do not attend Columbus City Schools. Throughout the month of May, Mid-Ohio Foodbank will also host produce markets for families of students to pick up produce groceries to take home at each of Columbus City Schools’ 14 feeding sites from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. per the schedule below:
    • Tuesday, May 5 – Wedgewood Middle School & West High School
    • Wednesday, May 6 – Columbus Africentric Early College & Linden-McKinley STEM Academy
    • Thursday, May 7 – Centennial High School & Woodward Park Middle School
    • Friday, May 8 – Dominion Middle School
    • Tuesday, May 12 – Buckeye Middle School & Starling PreK-8
    • Wednesday, May 13 – Independence High School & Sherwood Middle School
    • Thursday, May 14 – Columbus Global Academy & Mifflin High School
    • Friday, May 15 – East High School & South High School
    • Tuesday, May 19 – Wedgewood Middle School & West High School
    • Wednesday, May 20 – Columbus Africentric Early College & Linden-McKinley STEM Academy
    • Thursday, May 21 – Centennial High School & Woodward Park Middle School
    • Friday, May 22 – Dominion Middle School
    • Tuesday, May 26 – Buckeye Middle School & Starling PreK-8
    • Wednesday, May 27 – Independence High School & Sherwood Middle School
    • Thursday, May 28 – Columbus Global Academy & Mifflin High School
    • Friday, May 29 – East High School & South High School


  • Bexley City Schools has breakfast and lunch meals available for pick-up at 4 sites in the city of Bexley twice per week from 12-1 p.m. for students that normally receive free or reduced-priced meals.


  • Canal Winchester Local Schools is distributing free breakfast and lunch to Canal Winchester students from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Canal Winchester High School, Indian Trail Elementary, and 23 other satellite sites by school bus.


  • Dublin City Schools has grab-and-go breakfast and lunch available to any student in need from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Dublin Scioto High School and Riverside Elementary School.


  • Grandview Heights Schools is offering grab-and-go breakfast from 8-8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11-11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, at Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School the week of March 17-20, 2020 and the week of March 30-April 3, 2020.


  • Groveport Madison Schools food services department is providing bagged meals of both breakfast and lunch items from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 6 school sites. These meals are open to any child under age 18, even if they do not attend Groveport Madison Schools.


  • Hamilton Local Schools is offering free lunches in a drive-up delivery to students who sign up for the service.


  • Hilliard City Schools is offering grab-and-go bagged lunches at all school buildings between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays. In addition, students can pick up their lunches from a number of delivery sites: Hilliard Village Apartments, Pine Crossing Apartments, Wilson Court Apartments, Bayside & Countryview Apartments, Hilliard Station Apartments, Hilliard Park Apartments, Country Ridge Apartments, and Cabot Cove/Gable West Apartments.


  • Gahanna-Jefferson City Schools is hosting grab and go lunch events for pick-up at 5 feeding sites on March 18, March 23, and March 30, where they will supply their students with up to 5 days worth of lunches.


  • New Albany-Plain Local Schools has partnered with the New Albany Food Pantry, Healthy New Albany, and New Albany Neighborhood Bridges to provide food for identified students and families at no cost.


  • Reynoldsburg City Schools is offering students grab-and-go breakfast from 8-10 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 3 school sites for the week of March 17-20, 2020 and the week of March 30-April 3, 2020.


  • South-Western City Schools is distributing grab-and-go style breakfast and lunch at 21 feeding sites beginning March 23, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


  • Upper Arlington City Schools provides boxed lunches (complete with a breakfast for the next day) to any school-aged child in need at five elementary schools on weekdays starting March 24, 2020.


  • Westerville City Schools is sending 16 buses and 2 vans to make a total of 75 stops around the district to deliver food to children who are 18 years of age and younger. Each of these stops will be for a designated window of time, with all stops being completed between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


  • Whitehall City Schools provides a grab-and-go lunch for all Whitehall students from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Whitehall Yearling High School.


  • Worthington Schools Food Service is providing breakfast and lunch pick-up on weekdays between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Thomas Worthington High School, Worthington Kilbourne High School, and Slate Hill Elementary School.


  • Bellaire Local Schools is serving lunches to qualifying students on Monday, March 23, 2020. Lunches will be distributed at the Bellaire High School gymnasium foyer on weekdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. as supplies last.


  • Martins Ferry City Schools is delivering meals that can be picked up by students between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the following locations: the E.M.S. Office, the Alerts Engine Company, the St. Myers Community Room, and the Dollar General in Colerain.


  • St. Clairsville-Richland City Schools is offering breakfast and lunch to students who participate in free and reduced lunch. If your student(s) participates in Free & Reduced Lunch and you would like to be placed on the pick-up list, please call 740.699.2256.


  • Bridgeport Public Schools provides breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at 20 local feeding sites during school closures. Bridgeport advises that children under the age of 10 should be accompanied by an adult for meal pick-up.


  • Union Local Schools will continue to provide backpacks to families who regularly receive them. In addition, Real Life Church and the Belmont/Bethesda Ministerial Association is delivering daily hot lunches for students in need. To sign up for these hot lunches, call 740-310-4991.


  • Coshocton City Schools has breakfast and lunch available for curbside pick-up each weekday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Coshocton Elementary School. In addition, there will be six other Coshocton sites that will be offering free meals to students each day.


  • Ridgewood Local Schools is providing free student meals every weekday at Ridgewood Middle School that will serve as curbside service from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and will also deliver meals along afternoon bus routes. These meals are open to any child under 18 years of age from any district.


  • River View Local Schools is combining efforts with their existing “Blessings in a Backpack Program” to continue providing meals to students. Parents who would like to sign up their student can contact River View’s Food Service Director at 740-824-4286 or 740-294-8245.


  • Big Walnut Local Schools is providing breakfast and lunch to students in the free and reduced lunch program during the weeks of March 17-March 20, 2020 and March 30-April 3, 2020.


  • Buckeye Valley Local Schools is offering drive-through services at Buckeye Valley Middle School, Buckeye Valley East Elementary, and Buckeye Valley West Elementary Buildings during the hours of 4-6 p.m. Families can visit these locations to pick up lunch and breakfast items (up to 4 days worth) for their students.


  • Delaware City Schools is providing grab and go breakfast and lunch via curbside pickup from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at each elementary school and Willis Education Center on weekdays, as well as delivery to outlying neighborhoods via school bus drops. Meals are available to any child or adult.


  • Olentangy Local Schools is distributing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals to students ages 18 and under on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and from six sites. On Mondays, students receive two breakfasts and two lunches, and on Wednesdays students receive three breakfasts and three lunches.


  • Amanda-Clearcreek Local Schools is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunches for their students from 8-9 a.m., and lunch will be available for pick up from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 3-12 building. There are also meal delivery options.


  • Berne Union Local Schools is providing meals for their students in the free and reduced lunch program in a drive-thru format in the parking lot of the school from 10-11 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. each Wednesday beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Students will receive a bag containing 5 days worth of meal items, as well as one bag containing items for the whole family.


  • Bloom-Carroll Local Schools is providing meals to qualifying students on free and reduced lunch — contact the Director of Food Service at 614-834-6751 to arrange for curbside pick-up.


  • Fairfield Union Local Schools is providing up to 5 days of breakfast and lunch supplies for students every Sunday from 12-2 p.m. at 4 sites. Students can reserve a bag by calling 740-240-2068.


  • Lancaster City Schools has sack lunches available via drive-thru with breakfast items included for the next morning. Pick-up takes place between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. at 7 sites, with delivery options also available if necessary. Any child 18 years of age or younger can receive these meals. 


  • Pickerington Local Schools is offering bagged breakfast and lunch (in one bag) between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on weekdays at Tussing Elementary School, Harmon Middle School, and Ridgeview Junior High School during the weeks of March 16-March 20, 2020 and March 30-April 3, 2020. Meals can be provided for anyone through the age of 18, free of charge.


  • Miami Trace Local Schools distributes breakfast and lunch meals to students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7 feeding sites at varying times.


  • East Guernsey Local Schools offers a drive-thru pick-up at the Campus MS Loop and the Quaker City Firehouse that provides five days worth of meals every Monday from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., starting March 23, 2020. Other arrangements can be made for students unable to access these pick-up meals by contacting East Guernsey Local Schools by email or social media.


  • Harrison City Schools offers breakfast and lunch distribution to their students starting Friday, March 20th, then Monday, March 23rd and every Monday thereafter at 5 feeding sites from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. To prepare appropriate amounts of meals for the first pickup, please call 740-942-7797 to provide students’ names and your preferred pick-up location. Parents may continue to sign-up anytime for future grab and go student meals.


  • Buckeye Local Schools are considering offering food service at no cost to interested families beginning the week of March 30th if there is enough interest. If you would like to participate in this free program, please complete the survey here. Additionally, Feeding Medina County is extending its community food distribution program to include every Thursday for the next three weeks in the Medina County Fairgrounds parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Open to all Buckeye residents.


  • Edison Local Schools is distributing grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to their students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. while schools are closed at 10 feeding sites.


  • Indian Creek Local Schools  is offering meals to students at Indian Creek High School, Indian Creek Middle School, and at the Two Ridge Apartments (grab and go). Food will be available for pickup to any child under the age of 18, regardless of the school they are registered to attend.


  • Steubenville City Schools is serving grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to all students from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the high school cafeteria on weekdays during school closure.


  • Toronto City Schools offers grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Toronto High School, Whispering Hills parking lot, and the Presbyterian Church parking lot on weekdays during school closure.


  • Centerburg Local Schools offers free/reduced lunch meals, delivered to eligible students upon request. If your student attends Centerburg Local Schools, call directly at 740-625-6346.


  • Danville Local Schools delivers breakfast and lunch meals to their students by bus via regular bus routes upon request. Deliveries will begin at approximately 11:15 am on March 23, 2020 and continue each weekday following.  There is also an option to pick up meals at the bus loop at the elementary building at 11:30 am daily.



  • Fredericktown Local Schools is serving a grab and go breakfast/lunch combo for their students in the high school parent loop behind the high school. There will be one food distribution for the entire week, each Monday, taking place between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. The menus for the next two weeks will be available soon on the district website.


  • Mount Vernon City Schools is handing out breakfast and lunch meals to their students from school buses parked at 9 locations throughout the district from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Other options are available for students that live outside a 1-mile radius of the schools.


  • Madison-Plains Local Schools is partnering with Mt. Sterling Community Center who will be providing bagged lunches, and with Sufficient Grade who will be delivering food boxes to students’ families.


  • Johnathon Alder Local Schools is serving free grab-and-go meals (lunch and breakfast for the next day) to any student who attends their district from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 18, 19, and 20, as well as the week of March 30-April 3, 2020. Pick-up locations will be in the parking lots of Plain City Elementary and Monroe Elementary.


  • West Jefferson Local Schools is serving grab-and-go lunch and breakfast from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on March 19, March 30, April 1, and April 2. These meals are Free of charge and available to All students K-12 who attend Jefferson Local Schools. Students need to bring the student IDs or Pin numbers that they use during lunch time to pick up meals. Pick-up locations will be at the High School student parking lot and Norwood where students are picked up.


  • Elgin Local Schools is delivering meals via current bus routes to ALL Elgin students that fill out the online form.  Buses will arrive between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays.



  • Pleasant Local Schools is delivering meals to regular school bus stops between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of Spring Break. Meals will include a lunch and a breakfast for the next morning.


  • Ridgedale Local Schools is delivering meals during morning bus routes to their students/families that have requested this service. It is not to late to join in on the meal delivery, in order to be added either call your bus driver or call the administration office and leave your child(ren)’s name, address and a contact number so that Ridgedale may confirm delivery.


  • River Valley Local Schools is delivering lunch and breakfast for the next morning to their students via school bus stops between the hours of 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of Spring Break. Parents/Guardians who wants to pick up a meal for their child(ren) may stop by any of our four schools (HS/MS will be combined into one) between 11 am. and 1 p.m. on weekdays. Pick-up locations are open to any child in need, even those who do not attend River Valley. 



  • Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools is providing lunch and a snack for ALL children ages 1-18, even those who attend school outside the district (including all High School students regardless of age) at the ​Cardington-Lincoln High School cafeteria. Meals are also being delivered to households inside the District by school bus for students who attend Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools.


  • East Muskingum Local Schools is providing grab-and-go meal bags for their students on Wednesday, March 18, and will continue on a date TBD. The bags contain breakfast and lunch for three days. Meals are distributed in a drive-up manner in the front of John Glenn High School from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. while supplies last.


  • Franklin Local Schools is providing 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals each Monday for children ages 1-18 in the Franklin Local School District following bus routes and delivering meals to houses and open enrollment stops. For walkers and large pick-up sites, a box truck arrives at Parkview Arms Apartments and Roseville Elementary School around 11:30 a.m., then travels to Village Green Apartments and Franklin Local Community School around 12 p.m.  The school van will be at Duncan Falls Elementary School at 11:15 a.m., then at Philo Junior High School around 11:45 a.m.


  • Maysville Local Schools is running routes to deliver grab and go bags containing multiple days worth of food for students at the bus stops. The bus runs will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and finishing around 1:15 p.m.


  • Tri-Valley Local Schools offers grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items available for their students at the Municipal Building in Dresden Monday, March 16 through 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 17 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. as supplies last.  Lunches can also be picked up at the Club View Apartments, Vista View Apartments or the Car Wash beside Bills BBQ in Nashport from 11:30-11:45 a.m. each day during school closure.


  • West Muskingum Local Schools is offering grab and go meals on Wednesday, March 18 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the high school parking lot. These bagged meals cover lunch and breakfast for March 18, 19 and 20. Bags can be reserved by registering here or calling the district office at 740-455-4052.


  • Zanesville City Schools distributes a weekly food allocation for pick-up consisting of primarily shelf-stable breakfast and lunch meals to their students each Monday. Meals are distributed in a drive-up manner at Zanesville Middle School, Zane Grey Intermediate, and National Road Intermediate from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Students who walk are not excluded from participating, but the drive-up method is preferable for the health and safety of all.


  • Caldwell Exempted Village Schools is providing a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches each Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the elementary school. In order for the schools to prepare enough food, they recommend calling the district office at 740-732-5637, between 8-10 a.m., to pre-order your food.


  • Noble Local Schools has grab-and-go lunches available from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. every weekday via drive-thru pick-up at 6 feeding sites throughout the district for ALL students.


  • Circleville City Schools provides grab-and-go lunches at Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center-Circleville Campus from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. starting Monday, March 16th. The program is open to any child ages 3-19, even those who do not attend Circleville City Schools.


  • Logan Elm Local Schools has food resources available for pick-up. If families are unable to pick up food, staff is available to make deliveries. Please call any building for more information on food pick-up or delivery.


  • Teays Valley Local Schools is offering bagged meals consisting of both lunch and breakfast items at three school sites from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at no cost. Students will be receiving two days of meals for each day of the program. Please be prepared to provide the student’s name and/or student ID number for each child receiving meals.


  • Westfall Local Schools partnered with Westfall CARES to create care packages with three weeks’ worth of food that have been made available to students and their families by either pick-up or delivery.


  • Adena Local Schools is providing one week’s worth of shelf-stable breakfast and lunch for each individual who has been registered. If you have not signed up and need to do so, please call the school office at 740-998-4633 Option 7, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.



  • Huntington Local Schools is providing 5 days worth of breakfast and lunch to our students upon request during the mandated school closure. Pickup locations are Huntington Schools, Bethesda Church, Beulah Chapel Church, Mt. Tabor Church Fellowship Center, or Pleasant Valley Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 20th, March 26th and April 2nd. Parents can request meals for their students by filling out an online form or by calling the District Office at 740-663-5892.


  • Southeastern Local Schools is providing free breakfast and lunch for all students starting Thursday, March 19, 2020, as a grab-and-go option in the Miami View cafeteria from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on weekdays.



  • Fairbanks Local Schools is offering meals to students for pick up on March 18th, March 20th, March 30th, April 1st and April 3rd from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Please drive to the back of the elementary school for food pick up; there are directional signs posted. For students unable to pick up food, please call the district office at (937) 349-3731 ext 1200 to make alternative arrangements.


  • Marysville Exempted Village Schools is providing free grab-and-go lunch and breakfast for all students age 18 and under at 6 sites.  Meal service runs from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. during the weeks of March 17-20, 2020 and March 30-April 3, 2020. There are delivery options for students who do not have transportation to the meal sites.


  • North Union Local Schools is providing grab-and-go meals to all students March 16-19 and March 30-April 3 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Depending on the day, both pick-up and home delivery may be available.