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COVID-19 Resources
Updated 1/14/21 1:15 PM 

 

If you are having symptoms of COVID-19 (see below) or think you have been exposed to the virus, please call your primary care physician, Columbus Public Health at 614-645-1519, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634.

Click the below image to be directed to the Ohio Department of Health website for COVID-19

Announcements 

Masks required in public places – Beginning Friday, July 3rd, facial coverings/masks are required in public. Residents will be required to wear masks in Columbus when in retail establishments, in restaurants (when not eating), on public transit, nail salons and similar businesses. Governor DeWine announces face masks required statewide effective at 6PM on July 23rd. Masks must be worn at all times when at an indoor location that’s not a residence, outdoors (when unable to keep 6 feet social distance from those not in your household), and while waiting for/riding/driving/operating public transportation services (bus, taxi, private rideshare).

Statewide Curfew Extended until January 23, 2021 – Governor DeWine announced a curfew in Ohio that will run from 10PM-5AM, with exceptions including carryout and delivery, grocery stores, and pharmacies.

Columbus Public Health & Franklin County Public Health have issued a Stay-at-Home Advisory – Beginning November 20th at 6PM, a Stay-at-Home Advisory has been issued for Franklin County due to rise in COVID-19 cases until January 2nd. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, and picking up food.

Blended Learning at Columbus City Schools – All grades PreK-12 will have entirely virtual classes until at least February 1st. As of January 13th, the plan is to transition student groups (All students in grades PreK through 3, Students with identified complex needs in grades PreK through 12, Students in Career and Technical Education programs at Columbus Downtown High School and the Fort Hayes Career Center) to a blended learning model, which means they will attend classes at school two days per week and at home three days per week. On February 8th, student groups (All students in grades 4 and 5) will transition to a blended learning model, which means they will attend classes at school two days per week and at home three days per week. Students in grades 6 through 12 (except those with identified complex needs) will remain in a remote learning model until additional transportation logistics can be worked out to meet COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Franklinton Area Commission – Hosting commission meetings on Facebook Live. The full commission meets the second Tuesday of the month. Check Facebook page for agendas and schedule.

Greater Hilltop Area Commission – Hosting commission meetings on Facebook Live. The full commission meets the first Tuesday of the month. Check Facebook page for agendas and schedule.

City of Columbus COVID-19 Resource Page

Text COVID19FC to 888-777 for COVID-19 Updates from Franklin County Emergency Services.

COVID-19 Vaccine UpdateColumbus Public Health continues to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to those outlined in Phase 1A under the Ohio Department of Health guidelines which includes health care workers, EMS responders, and staff and residents at long-term care facilities. Columbus Public Health is currently unable to register individuals for the COVID-19 vaccine due to technical and capacity issues. As safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, the general public will be able to get vaccinated as well. The timeframe for general public distribution will be determined by vaccine availability and Ohio Department of Health guidelines. Continue to follow state guidelines of mask-wearing, social distancing, and avoiding large groups to stop the spread. Please check the linked page for updates. 

Columbus Public Health Resource List

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Find a COVID-19 Testing Site – Search by zip code feature for testing locations. Westside Location: Walmart Mobile Testing (866-448-7719; 5200 West Pointe Plaza, Columbus OH 43228) is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7-9AM with the requirement of an appointment and screening.

Lower Lights Christian Health Center is offering testing for those who are symptomatic, or whom believe they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or those who live in congregate housing (such as a shelter). Testing will take place at 777 W. State Street (outside of entrance), Columbus, OH 43222 on Wednesdays from 2-4PM and Fridays from 8:30AM-11:30AM.  Registration is strongly preferred: www.LLCHC.org/COVID19, or call 614-274-1455 (option 1).

PrimaryOne Health at the Health and Wellness Center – Offering testing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9AM-1PM at 2300 West Broad St, Columbus OH 43204. No physician referral required, testing by appointment only, drive-through testing. Call 614-859-1895 for more information. PrimaryOne will test those WITHOUT symptoms.

Drive-thru Testing at Walgreens – Testing is available 9AM-5PM Monday through Sunday for individuals that are 18 and older who meet testing criteria by the CDC/ The test is a self-collection test using a nasal swab while inside your vehicle. The test is no cost even without insurance. Westside location: 1280 Demorest Rd Columbus, OH 43204.

Columbus Public Health COVID-19 Community Testing Sites – Find a coronavirus testing site near you. Columbus Public Health is offering testing on Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM for those with symptoms at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair Celeste Center (717 E. 17th Ave.) Call 614-645-1519 to schedule an appointment. Please call 614-645-1519 for an appointment. No physician referral required, testing by appointment only, drive-through testing. December 11 is the last day of our drive-thru flu shot clinic at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair Celeste Center (717 E. 17th Ave.). Learn more at www.columbus.gov/flu.

Housing/Utility Assistance 

Accessing Shelter – If you are in-need of housing, please call the Homeless Hotline at 614-274-7000

IMPACT HOPE FundNew Applications for The Home Relief Fund 2020 Have Been Closed. IF more funds become available WE WILL contact those on the waitlist first. If you have submitted an application and are still waiting on its processing to be completed, please login and check its status. (Only those who applied for the Home Relief Fund will be able to do this) Applications are processed on a first come, first completed basis. Please be sure to respond to inquiries as soon as possible to ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible.

Franklin County Municipal Court – Eviction Hearings in Courtroom 11B and Traffic Arraignments in Courtrooms 1A/1B will be heard at the Columbus Convention Center (Main Concourse Entry, B Meeting Rooms, 400 N. High St., Columbus, 43215) from June 1st until August 31st. Traffic cases can call: 614-645-8186; Eviction cases can call: 614-645-7235. 

Columbus CARES Act Utility Assistance Program – This program offers one-time payment aid of up to $750 toward an eligible Columbus water/sewer/stormwater bill, and/or up to $500 toward an eligible power bill. Columbus residents who qualify can receive financial help for overdue utility charges.

Additional Utility Assistance – The City of Columbus has announced additional assistance to Columbus residents facing utility shutoff or are unable to secure housing due to overdue utility bills. Funding has been provided to the following organizations (website linked for each organization): The Breathing Association, Gladden Community House, YMCA of Central Ohio, Central Community House, Community Refugee & Immigrant Services (CRIS), LifeCare Alliance, Columbus Literacy Council, St. Stephen’s Community House, Mid-Ohio Board of Independent Living, and Catholic Social ServicesPlease contact the organization directly for assistance.

Gladden Community House – Please call 614-227-1600 for utility guidance/counseling available for all Franklinton residents (43222, 43223, 43215 West of the Scioto river). We have limited financial assistance to help to stop a disconnect/past due electric, gas, or water bill. Please call or stop in for additional guidance.

Legal Aid Society of Columbus – Mortgage Assistance during COVID-19 (FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac)

Pandemic Payment Relief Program – The City of Columbus Division of Power understands that the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted our lives, homes and businesses in many ways. To assist our electric customers, the Division of Power has set aside nearly $300,000 in funding for our Pandemic Payment Relief program. This program offers a credit up to $500 to customers of the Division of Power who are having difficulty paying their electric bills or are at the point of disconnection. For more information on program eligibility, you can apply online or call customer service at 614-645-8276.

AEP – Assistance with electric bill payments. Call Customer Solutions Center at 800-672-2231 for payment assistance.

Free Internet through Spectrum/Charter – Offering free access for 60 days to K-12 & College students – Call 1-844-488-8395

Free Internet through Comcast/Xfinity – Offering two free months of internet

City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities – Temporarily suspending disconnection for non-payment of water and sewer bill

Affordable Computers & Wireless Internet – Columbus Metropolitan Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation have partnered with PCs for People to provide computers and laptops that are no longer used in locations and normally recycled to eligible families and students.

Mental Health Resources

If you just need someone to talk to text “4HOPE” to 741741 and a mental health expert will reach out.

COVID CareLine – A new confidential emotional support call service available to all Ohioans: 1-800-720-9616. Trained, licensed staff from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services will answer calls and offer emotional support and assistance from 8AM-8PM, 7 days a week.  After 8PM, the CareLine will forward to the National Suicide Prevention Helpline (1-800-273-8255), allowing those calling to have access to someone at all times.

Netcare – 24-hour mental health and substance abuse crisis and assessment services for Franklin County. Call 614-276-CARE (614- 276-2273) or Toll Free at 1-888-276-CARE (1-888- 276-2273).

Neighborhood Social WorkAccepting referrals and anyone in the community can call our 24 hour social work voicemail helpline at 614-645-6807 for information on community resources and any related questions. Voicemail is checked several times a day by one of the assigned social workers in our program.

Financial Assistance 

Unemployment Benefits – File through Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Right to Recover Program – Through Columbus Urban League, the Right to Recover program provides up to $1,200 to cover the time off work needed to isolate, recover or care for a minor child recovering from COVID-19. Call 614-484-9111 (and select Right to Recover) to learn more. The Right to Recover initiative is designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. To qualify,  you must be a resident of Columbus; recently tested positive with COVID-19 or caring for minor child who has;  have been employed at least 20 hours a week prior to diagnosis; earn under 185% of the Federal Poverty Level; and commit to isolate for 14 days after the diagnosis.

Economic Impact Payments/Stimulus Payments – One-time payment of $600/single or $1,200 married (with $500 for each qualifying child) for those who made less than $75K/single and $150K/married in 2018 and/or 2019 tax season. For questions about the economic impact payments, call the IRS help hotline at 1-800-919-9835.

Columbus Foundation – Funding for non-profits during the emergency response fund

Ohio Means Jobs – Postings for jobs available during COVID-19

Apply for Ohio Benefits – File for food, healthcare, childcare benefits

Legal Assistance

COVID-19 Specific Legal Aid Society of Columbus Resources – Including unemployment, assistance for small businesses

Ohio Domestic Violence Network – COVID-19 specific resources for victims of domestic violence. Hotline to call: 1-800-934-9840.

Domestic Violence/Stalking Unit of Columbus City Attorney – You can now text 614-653-8075 to report a case. Provide your name, when it’s safe to communicate, and an email or phone number.

Franklin County Municipal Courts – All non-prisoner cases are being scheduled or continued until June 1st or after (including Eviction hearings). Eviction hearings will resume on June 1st and will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 N. High St., Columbus 43215) – masks and temperature checks required upon entry.

Legal Aid Society of Columbus – All in-person Brief Advice Clinics through June 1st are cancelled. All clients are encouraged to call our office to register for a “virtual clinic.”

Resources for Babies/Toddlers

Little Bottoms Free Store – Drive-thru style until supplies last, every Thursday from 6:30-8:00PM at 89 West Park, Columbus OH 43222. Diapers, wipes, and clothes for pregnant moms/newborns thru age 3 (up to the 4th birthday). Please bring birth certificate or ultrasound for all children under 4. Check Facebook Page for updates.

Moms2B – Enrolling new moms at 614-292-1605 and offering video educational classes.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Do NOT place a mask on a child under 2, other tips for keeping baby safe during COVID-19 linked.

YMCA Community Health Team – Call 614-276-8224 x 5036 to get connected to resource for you and baby, like a pack n play. You can also email nadine.rinehart@ymcacolumbus.org or text 614-203-2804.

Cribs for Kids – Email 311@columbus.gov or submit a request online to get a pack n play from Columbus Public Health

Celebrate One – Community Health Workers are still connecting with pregnant and/or parenting families. The linked map will help you search for a Community Health Worker by zipcode. You can contact Brianna at her office 614.645.5712, cell 614.809.2554, or by email at Bmyoung@columbus.gov.

Resources for Teens 

YMCA Teen Drop-in Center opens on Monday, July 27th at the Magnolia Masonic Lodge #20 F.&A.M. (Next to the Hilltop YMCA at 2933 Valleyview Dr  Columbus OH 43204). You must register to join. To register, call Latoyia Mosley at 614-389-4565  x5011, or email lmosley@ymcacolumbus.org. The center is open from Monday to Friday from 12-4PM (Monday is virtual).

MY Project USA – Offering help with academic and/ or college prep support through Under MY Wing Mentorship Program. This 12-week project offers an opportunity for mentees to learn from accomplished local professionals. Email programs@myprojectusa.org for an application.

School Resources 

Columbus City Schools – PreK-12 will have entirely virtual classes until at least February 1st, 2021.

Free Meals for CCS Students – When classes begin on September 8th, Columbus City Schools will open 44 grab-and-go site locations at schools across the city. Students will be able to pick-up 5-day meal packs to cover breakfast and lunch for a week. This service is only available to registered CCS students. Families will be assigned a location to pick-up their students’ meals based on their address in Infinite Campus (not necessarily the school they attend). Locations will be shared by phone and email. As of November 30th, pick-ups will take place on Wednesdays from 11AM-1PM and 5-7PM for a 5-day meal pack. 

After School Snacks at Libraries – Columbus Metropolitan Library has once again partnered with Children’s Hunger Alliance to provide after school snacks to children ages 1-18. This marks the sixth year of the partnership, which now offers free Grab & Go meals Monday-Thursday from 12-6PM, and Friday & Saturday from 12-5:30PM. The Franklinton branch (1061 W Town St) is a participating location in this program on the Westside. 
Free Virtual After School Learning Program – The Salvation Army has a free virtual after school program for Columbus area students in grades 1-5. This virtual program is offered Monday-Friday from 3:30-5PM (learning program) and 5-6PM (support for families). For more information, call the Educator Coordinator at 614-437-2155.

The Dowd Education Center at Homeless Families Foundation – Virtual Programming will include daily lessons in a small group setting with access to follow up activities and lessons accessible online. All supplies for the activities will be provided weekly and can include items such as watercolors, pencils, crayons, sewing supplies, and more. All Dowd students receive daily food delivery include a cold breakfast and lunch and family-style dinner meals on Fridays. All TANF qualified families can apply to enroll in the Dowd Education Center programs. For questions contact Jermaine Kennedy at 614-715-8544 or jkennedy@homelessfamiliesfoundation.org.

SPARK at Homeless Families Foundation – SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) provides families of 3-5-year-old children with the skills and tools needed to prepare their children to enter kindergarten.  Parent Partners conduct monthly home visits, working with parents to become their child’s first teacher.  This program is open to children throughout Franklin County.  Students enrolled in our Spark program will also have access to support services including case management, access to our food pantry, and financial assistance for emergency needs. Spark Program is now virtual! We offer 1 lesson per week for 12 weeks. We will provide book kits that include books, reading activities, pencils, crayons, and more. Parents are given access to Class Dojo to submit the completion of assignments to their teacher. For more information contact Michelle Jones at MJones@homelessfamiliesfoundation.org.

Gladden Community House Preschool – Currently enrolling for Fall 2020! Class starts Tuesday, September 8th. We are still maintaining COVID-19 student-teacher ratios and precautions. Please reach out to trose@gladdenhouse.org or call 614.227.1624 for more information.

Hilltop Preschool – Enrolling for preschool & Pre-K this schoolyear! Call 614-279-9991 for more information. Looking for 4-year-olds.

School Help through Columbus Metropolitan Library – Ready to answer questions about homework (K-12) and help students practice reading (K-3). Get Help Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM through texting 614-810-4457, calling at 614-645-2275, or using the text box on their website. Digital tools to help students learn are also available online.

Westside Learning Extension Centers 

For Columbus Students LEC – Register for a Learning Extension Center (LEC) that provides a safe environment for students to have access to internet and learning devices to assist them in remote learning, as well as meals and trained tutors. Serving grades K-12 and space is limited. The Columbus Dream Center’s LECs are open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be used as deep cleaning days. The hours for elementary students are 1:00-4:00PM, and the hours for middle and high school students will be 5:00-8:00PM. Registration is available HERE. Westside locations: Post Oak Station Apartments (1383 Vida Way, 43228), Hillcrest Baptist Church (2480 W Broad 43204), and Southpark Apartments (841 Greenfield Dr 43223), Garden City Church (3880 Clime Rd 43228), Parkview United Methodist Church (344 S Algonquin Ave 43204).

Lower Lights LEC – Lower Lights Community Church and Lower Lights Ministries, in partnership with Columbus City Schools, will be hosting a Learning Extension Center at 1066 Bellows Ave to support students in the community with virtual learning. Together, we will provide a safe location with caring adults and internet access to assist students with on-line learning. Free to area families and space is limited! Call to reserve a spot for your child!  Parent Orientation is Thursday, September 3rd at 6:00PM and the Center opens on Monday, September 14th. Contact Mary Mugrage at 614-228-3855, or Pastor Christine Siordia at 614-228-1262.

Hilltop YMCA LEC – Beginning, September 14th, the Hilltop YMCA is operating a distance learning extension center. Students grades 6-12 are welcome to join for academic assistance, breakfast or lunch, creative arts projects, physical activities, and social emotional development. Registration is required and students must bring their own laptop/tablet.  For information, please contact Latoyia at lmosley@ymcacolumbus.org.

Faith Community Church LEC – Faith Community Church (2578 Sullivant Ave) is hosting a Learning Extension Center  for students in grades Kindergarten to 8th grade at Burroughs Elementary and Hilltonia Middle School. Please contact Sue Rowe at 614-329.0408 or info@faithcommunitychurch.com to sign-up.

Memorial Baptist Church LEC – Memorial Baptist Church (2435 Eakin Rd) is hosting a Learning Extension Center  for students in grades Kindergarten to 8th grade at Hilltonia Middle School. They are accepting 20 students and interested families can contact the church office at 614-274-7551.

Community Christian Church LEC – Community Christian Church (107 S Powell Ave) is hosting a Learning Extension Center for students in grades 9-12 at West High School. They are accepting 15 students and interested families can contact Sydney Hall at 614-949-0072.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Updates

Curbside Pick-up/Walk-up Services Only –  Due to the City of Columbus and Franklin County joint health advisory, CML branches will only be open for curbside pick-up and walk-up services only starting Saturday, November 21st. There will be no entry into our buildings for services. Marion-Franklin Branch will be closed for all services.

Hilltop Branch Temporary Location – The temporary location will open July 8th as the branch on Hague is renovated. The new branch will be at 3658 Soldano Blvd, in Consumer Square West just down from Kroger.  Starting Tuesday, July 28th, hours will be 10AM-7PM from Monday to Thursday, and 10AM-6PM on Friday and Saturday. Curbside pickup will include the following services: pick up of reserves, retrieval of things from library shelves (so customers can request things verbally and staff will bring items out to their cars or deliver to them if they are on foot), document services (mobile printing, faxing, copying, and scanning).

Online Resources – Digital library access and other tools. Reserve an expert to get assistance with resume/job help, research, business, and more.

Changes to Franklin County & City of Columbus Services 

Changes to 311 Services – Submit requests via email, through the website, app, or by voicemail at 614-645-3111 or 311. Code enforcement officers will be back in the office to respond to the backlog of requests starting on June 1st. Live calls to 311 are back! Call 311 and speak to a customer service representative Monday to Friday from 8AM to 5PM. Requests for service can also be submitted online at 311.columbus.gov, or use the My Columbus mobile app, and by e-mail to 311@columbus.gov.

COTA – Rides are FREE. Enter the bus from the back, don’t sit next to other people, use the hand-sanitizer provided on the bus. Beginning April 15th, riders are required to wear secure masks covering their faces on all transit vehicles. Masks can be medical, homemade, scarves or bandanas. They must be secure and must cover the nose and mouth. Update on fares: bus fares will be returning January 11th for all fixed-route vehicles and COTA/Plus as for Mainstream and Mainstream On-Demand bus fares will begin February 1st. People will be able to start purchasing and replacing expired passes beginning December 14th.

Columbus Recreation & Parks – Columbus Recreation and Parks Department continues to focus on serving residents during the pandemic. With the recent surge in cases in Columbus, the department is shifting its focus to ensure residents’ essential needs are met while promoting social distancing to slow community spread. Produce distributions at rec centers will continue as scheduled.

Central Ohio YMCA – Select locations are opening for fitness on June 8th and then June 29th. Hilltop YMCA will be welcoming back members beginning on Monday, August 3rd for fitness related services (Monday – Thursday from 7AM-12PM/4-7PM, Friday from 7AM-12PM, Saturday from 8AM-12PM, and closed Sunday). Three sites will be open for childcare, including Hilltop Educare (serving children 6 weeks to school age) on June 8th.

Narcan Request Form – If you or someone you know in Franklin County needs Narcan, complete the request form linked and it will be mailed to you.

Westside Meals, Pantries, & Produce Distribution Schedule 1/11-17/21

Monday: Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 10:30AM-12PM to-go meal // Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 9AM-12PM woodsbags //Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center (342 N Hague Ave) @ 11AM-1PM hot meal & 10AM-4PM to-go bag // Lower Lights Church (1066 Bellows Ave) @ 5-7PM pantry (Call 614-228-1262 to make an appt.)

Tuesday: Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 10:30AM-12PM to-go meal // Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 9AM-12PM woodsbags // Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center (342 N Hague Ave) @ 11AM-1PM hot meal & 10AM-4PM to-go bag // Salvation Army Hilltop (2300 W Mound St) @ 9-11:30AM pantry (Bring ID)   // Crossroads UMC Food Pantry (Corner of Hague/Briggs) @ 4:30PM drive-thru pantry (43204 & 43223 only, wear a mask)   // Feed My Sheep (2364 W Broad St) @ 7PM meal

Wednesday: Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 10:30AM-12PM to-go meal // Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 9AM-12PM woodsbags // Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center (342 N Hague Ave) @ 11AM-1PM hot meall & 10AM-4PM to-go bag  // Salvation Army Hilltop (2300 W Mound St) @ 9-11:30AM pantry (Bring ID) // Salvation Army Hilltop (2300 W Mound St) @ 11AM-12PM to-go lunch  // Crossroads UMC Food Pantry (Corner of Hague/Briggs) @ 11:30AM drive-thru pantry (43204 & 43223 only, wear a mask) // Hilltop Community Worship Center (2622 Sullivant Ave) @ 6-8PM meal // St. John’s Episcopal Church (1003 W Town St) @ 6PM to-go bag  // Columbus City Schools 5-day Meal Pick-ups @ 11AM-1PM & 5-7PM (Any child under 18) 

Thursday: Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 10:30AM-12PM to-go meal // Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 9AM-12PM woodsbags  // Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center (342 N Hague Ave) @ 11:30AM meal & 10AM-4PM to-go bag  // Salvation Army Hilltop (2300 W Mound St) @ 9-11:30AM pantry (Bring ID) // Lower Lights Church (1066 Bellows Ave) @ 9AM-12PM pantry (call 614-228-1262 to make an appt.)

Friday: Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 10:30AM-12PM to-go meal // Holy Family Soup Kitchen (Behind 588 W. Gay St) @ 9AM-12PM woodsbags // Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center (342 N Hague Ave) @ 11:30AM meal & 10AM-4PM to-go bag // Salvation Army Hilltop (2300 W Mound St) @ 9-11:30AM pantry (Bring ID) // Salvation Army Hilltop (2300 W Mound St) @ 11AM-12PM to-go lunch // Lutheran Social Services (LSS) at Glenwood Rec Center (1888 Fairmont Ave) @ 12-2PM Drive-thru pantry // Crossroad World Outreach Ministries (165 S Cypress Ave) @ 5PM free food 

SaturdayFeed My Sheep (2364 W. Broad St) @ 9AM to-go breakfast // Westside Free Store Ministries (61 S. Powell Ave) @ 11AM-1PM to-go meal // Hilltop Community Worship Center (2622 Sullivant Ave) @ 1:30-3:30PM meal  // MY Family Pantry by MY Project USA (3275 Sullivant Ave) @ 10AM-12PM drive-thru pantry  // Columbus Food Not Bombs at SW corner of Sullivant Ave/S Burgess @ 12:15-1:30PM Free Food Distribution  // Crossroad World Outreach Ministries (165 S Cypress Ave) @ 2:30PM free food 

Sunday: St. John’s Episcopal Church at Broad/Central @ 1PM free lunch at street church

Westside Other Food Options/Requirements

Holy Family Soup Kitchen – Due to unexpected maintenance issues (unrelated to COVID-19), Grubb St. operations will end on Friday, May 29th. Effective Monday, June 1st, basic to-go meals will be offered from 10:30AM-Noon and woodsbags (which include a sandwich, bottled water, and snacks) are distributed from 9AM-Noon behind the Parish Center (Behind 588 W. Gay St). All volunteer and donation operations will also cease until further notice.

Crossroads UMC Food Pantry – Corner of Hague/Briggs has reopened for Tuesdays at 4:30PM and Wednesdays at 11:30AM as a drive-thru operation. Limit to 30 households each time and serving 43204 and 43223. Please wear a mask. 

Dodge Rec Center – FREE fresh produce from 3-5PM (or until food runs out) on select Thursdays. First come, first serve and the event is rain or shine. Please do not get out of your car – staff will bring the food to you. ID required. 2021 Dates: February 11th, March 11th, April 8th, May 13th, June 10th, July 15th, August 12th, September 9th, October 14th, and December 9t

LSS Food Pantry – Due to COVID-19, the pantry at Glenwood Rec Center (1888 Fairmont Ave) is a drive through model in the parking lot on Fridays from 12-2PM.

Feed My Sheep (2364 W. Broad St) – Hot meal served on Tuesdays from 7PM. Breakfast is served on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of each month at 9AM.

Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church – Curbside Pantry open the last 2 Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12-1PM at 2930 W. Broad Street  Columbus OH 43204. Call 614-276-5433.  You can check the church calendar for dates that the pantry is open. There can be up to 50 clients served each day. The following zip codes are served: 43204, 43223, 43228.

MY Family Pantry by MY Project USA – Drive-thru pantry on Saturdays from 10AM-12PM at 3275 Sullivant Ave. 43204. 

Compel Christian Center – Produce Market at Hilltonia MS Parking Lot (2345 W Mound St) on the Second Saturday of the month at 10AM. Bring your ID or copy of your utility bill showing your name and address.

Gladden Community House –  Zip code requirements 43222, 43223, and 43215 (West of the river), Food distribution being a 3-day emergency food supply handed out in the entrance of our food pantry, senior deliveries will continue as scheduled

Hilltop YMCA Produce Distribution – Every third Wednesday in the parking lot from 4-6PM. This will be a drive through operation. Please bring a valid photo ID and wear a mask. Upcoming: January 20th, February 17th, March 17th.

Lower Lights Community Church of the Nazarene Pantry – Call 614-228-1262 to make an appointment to pick-up a box of food on Monday evenings (5-7PM) or Thursday mornings (9AM-12PM).

Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center – Free hot lunches Monday through Friday starting at 11:30AM, to-go lunches offered weekdays from 10AM-4PM. Call 614-507-3246 for specific questions about Jordan’s Crossing.

Columbus Food Not Bombs – Free food provided on Saturdays (1/9, 1/16, 1/23) from 12:15-1:30PM at SW corner of Sullivant Ave and S Burgess. No questions asked.

Westside Free Store Ministries – Updated Hours are: Mondays from 9:30-11:45AM, Thursdays from 3-5:15PM, and Saturdays from 11AM-1:15PM. There will be no open shopping. Shopping will be for emergency needs only! If you have an urgent need please ask to speak to a manager during store hours or call 614-351-5480 to schedule an appointment. We will continue to serve a Grab and Go meal as usual. Donations are accepted by appointment only.

Franklinton Farms Online Order – Pick-up in Franklinton or Worthington on Saturdays from 10AM-12PM, order by Thursdays at midnight. There are three different scales of payment: Franklinton neighbors get 50% off, SNAP/EBT payments with 75% off, and WIC coupons accepted.

Senior Specific Options 

Dollar General – Dedicating the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers

Aldi – Stores will open at 8:30 a.m on Tuesdays & Thursday for only vulnerable shoppers (senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns).

Franklin County Senior Options – To request home delivered meals, and other available services, please call Senior Options at 614-525-6200, Monday-Friday from 9AM-4:30PM. Now through September 1st, there will be no income verification required.

Memorial Baptist Church – If you are over 60, live in the 43204 zip code, and need food assistance during this time please call the church to set up meal delivery through Franklin County. Call 614-274-7551 on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9AM-2PM for more details.

Friendly Phone Line at 614-993-3614 is available to older adults in greater Columbus who are looking for friendly conversation and social connection

Warming Center

Westside Location: Jordan’s Crossing (342 N Hague Ave) 9AM-3PM Monday-Friday

Gladden House: Helping People Manage COVID-19 Related Hardships

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You can include in the notes section the name of the program you would like your support to go towards, or you can simply support the overall mission of Gladden and leave that section blank. The two prioritized programs in response to the COVID-19 are housing/utility assistance, or food pantry.

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