Kroger Community Pantry

Established in 2012, the Kroger Community Food Pantry operates as a choice food pantry and is open to the community four days a week. Individuals and families with household incomes less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible to receive food from the pantry.

Kroger Community Pantry FAQ

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.

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.

The Kroger Community Pantry hours are:

  • Tuesday –  11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays – 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to posted closing time.

***Because the pantry relies on volunteers to remain open, the pantry may close earlier than the above posted times. Please call 614-317-9487 before you arrive to hear any changes to the above schedule.***

Q: This is my first visit. What do I do?

  1. Please take a colored card from the greeter at the door.
  2. When the color of square in window matches the color of your card, please enter pantry and take a seat.
  3. When your number is displayed, please go to the welcome desk.

Q: How often can I shop?

You may shop once a week. This includes one full shop and bread and fresh produce every remaining week of the month, as desired.

Q: Do I need an appointment?

No, this is a walk in, choice pantry. You choose your food.

Q: How do families qualify to get food?

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 $49,199 or less a year would be eligible to receive food. Learn more about the qualification process here.

Q: What documents do I need to bring when I visit the pantry?

  • If it’s your first visit to the pantry, take your picture ID and one proof of residency to the front desk.  Proof of residency should include your name and current address, dated within the last 90 days. This could be a utility bill, lease agreement, medical bill, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announcement.
  • If you’ve been to the pantry before, you just need your picture ID.

Q: Is there a cost to shop at the Pantry?

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?

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?

Once your registration is complete please take a seat until a volunteer calls your name and then you will shop.

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: Can I shop for someone else?

Yes, this is called a Proxy Shop. There must be a signed Letter of Proxy on file prior to shopping. You are required to submit a new Letter of Proxy every July or your first visit after July. Please ask the greeter or someone at the welcome desk for a Letter of Proxy form.

To shop please return this on your next visit along with a picture ID and proof of residency for the person you are shopping for. We are unable to offer Proxy Shopping during Produce Markets, due to the large number of people in attendance.

Q: Will this "hurt" other food pantries in the area?

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?

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 is not addressed here?

Feel free to call the Food Pantry Coordinator at 614.317.9482 with any additional questions about the Kroger Community Pantry.

Volunteer at the Kroger Community Pantry

Last year, the Kroger Community Food Pantry at Mid-Ohio Foodbank provided groceries to nearly 8,000 households in the greater Columbus area. The success of the Pantry depends on the commitment and generosity of many volunteers. We need people to staff the Welcome Desk, stock grocery items, and assist families shopping in the Pantry.

WATCH A VIDEO that tells more about volunteering in the Kroger Community Food Pantry

Kroger Community Pantry Closure Schedule 2017

  • Saturday, May 27
  • Tuesday, July 4
  • Saturday, September 2
  • Friday, November 24
  • Saturday, November 25
  • Saturday, December 23
  • Saturday, December 30

Please plan your shopping accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.