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.***

Kroger Community Pantry Closure Schedule 2018

  • Saturday, May 26
  • Wednesday, July 4
  • Thursday, November 22
  • Friday, November 23
  • Saturday, December 22
  • Tuesday, December 25
  • Saturday, December 29

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

Produce Markets

These produce markets provide fresh food to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. Markets offer fresh fruits and vegetables as well as bread and dairy items.

Serving up to 300 families, eligibility to obtain food from a market is 200% of the Federal Poverty Line.

 

Kroger Community Food Pantry Produce Markets

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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

You have two choices: Pantry Express or choice Pantry

PANTRY EXPRESS:


If you choose Pantry Express you do not need a color coded number. Pantry Express is open the same hours as the Food Pantry. Enter through the glass door near the warehouse doors. For a full shop, please complete an order form for the dry goods.  Produce, bread and meat will be added to your order and brought to your car with minimal wait time. If you are picking up bread and produce only, you do not need to fill out an order form.


CHOICE PANTRY:


Directions for choice Pantry:

  • Please take a colored card from the greeter at the door.
  • When the color of square in the window matches your card, please enter pantry and take a seat.
  • When the number on your card is displayed, please proceed to the Welcome Desk.
  • Once your registration is complete, please take a seat until a volunteer calls your name.

Q: How often can I shop?

You can shop once a week. One visit will be a full shop of everything we have to offer and the other visits will be produce and bread only.

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 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. Due to the large number of people during Produce Markets, we are unable to offer Proxy Shopping.

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

 

You can also call 614.317.9703 or email us at volunteers@midohiofoodbank.org