Our goal is to provide a six-day supply of food per month to qualifying individuals and families residing in ZIP codes 43201, 43211 and 43215. Clients may visit the pantry twice each month to receive a three-day food supply. Approximately 10 percent of our clients are homeless. Since most homeless customers do not have access to cooking or refrigeration, we provide items that can be eaten as they are packaged as well as hygiene items.
A staff member from Mid-Ohio Food Bank is available weekly to assist clients in determining eligibility for food stamps. Eligible clients with a picture ID can apply at the pantry. The representative can also evaluate eligibility for other benefits through Ohio Job and Family Services.
Each summer, sponsoring churches donate school supplies for distribution to our clients. Volunteers assemble kits for each grade level based on recommendations of Columbus City Schools administrators. The kits are distributed in August and September.
Each fall we distribute approximately 1,500 grooming kits containing soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, comb, razor, shampoo, lotion, and a wash cloth. Volunteers assemble the kits so that they are ready for distribution. Donations to NNEMAP also help us provide holiday gift boxes to almost 100 families.
Each quarter, NNEMAP provides access to the Breathing Association’s medical van. We schedule clients for free physicals and x-rays. Once a month, representatives from CareSource and Wellcare visit our pantry to answer questions and provide information about their Medicare and Medicaid programs. In addition, nurses from the Columbus Public Health Dept. visit to give flu shots, check blood pressure, sugar levels, and perform other basic screening procedures.