Foodbank opens on-site pantry!

The Kroger Community Pantry opens at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.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 directions, click here.

A sample of the items that were available at the new Kroger Community Pantry. The pantry follows the same State of Ohio guidelines that the Foodbank’s other partner agencies use and offers a full mix of non-perishable products, frozen meats, dairy products, fresh produce and an assortment of breads and desserts.

By operating a food pantry, the Foodbank seeks to gain hands-on experience on what it takes to run a pantry and explore strategies to build capacity and serve more hungry people throughout the network. The Kroger Community Pantry will test shopping methods & nutrition education approaches that will best meet the needs of those in our communities who are hungry.

Interested in Volunteering?

We need people to assist families shopping in the Pantry, to staff the Welcome Desk, and to stock grocery items in the Pantry. Click here to view the Food Pantry Training video. If you are interested in volunteering in the Pantry, please visit VolunteerHub or contact Jessica Wright, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 614.317.9482. Welcome desk volunteers must be 18+. Individuals aged 11-15 are welcome to volunteer in the pantry as Pantry Assistants with adult supervision. Due to the nature of the pantry environment, we are unable to host volunteers under the age of 11.

Kroger Community Pantry FAQs

Here’s a bit more about the Kroger Community Pantry:

Q: What are the pantry’s hours of operation?
A: Current hours at the Kroger Community Pantry are on Tuesdays from 12Noon to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call HandsOn Central Ohio at 614.341.2282.
Q: How do families qualify to get food?
A: 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 $47,099 or less a year would be eligible to receive food. Learn more about the qualification process here.
Q: How much does it cost to shop at the Pantry?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A:  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. We even provide simple cooking tips. Our volunteers also can push shopping carts for people who need a little extra assistance. To sign up for pantry volunteer orientation or learn about other Foodbank volunteer opportunities, click here.
Q: Will this “hurt” other food pantries in the area?
A: 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. Also, our hours of operation support families at times when other pantries are closed. The Pantry at MOF will serve as a “learning lab” to help us do a better job of supporting our partner agency network.
Q: What documents will I need to bring to my appointment?
A: A current photo ID for the Head of Household, and proof of address for the Head of Household, and some form of ID for all additional members of the household. Acceptable forms of proof of address include rental agreements and/or utility bills.
Q: Does the Food Pantry offer any additional services?
A: 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 isn’t addressed here?
A: Feel free to call Jessica Wright, Food Pantry Coordinator, at 614.317.9482 with any additional questions about the Kroger Community Pantry.