Layoff? Job Loss? You May Be Eligible for Assistance

2020 Household income qualifications

If you lost your job, saw your hours cut back or had to take time off without pay due to the orders of the government, you may be eligible for emergency food assistance. If your gross monthly income falls below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, even temporarily, you are eligible to shop at a food pantry or free produce market until your income recovers.

For guidance on income thresholds, please click on the link at the top of this post. Not sure if you qualify? Give us a call at the number below and we can help you figure it out.

If you are eligible for assistance, you will be required to present a photo ID and may be required to show proof of residence (we require a piece of mail or other documentation showing that you live in one of our service area ZIP Codes: 43201, 43211, 43215, 43219 or 43224). You are NOT required to present pay stubs, tax returns or other proof of income.

If you or someone you know is struggling to purchase food or can’t afford vital medication due to the cost of groceries, PLEASE contact a food pantry for assistance.

Call us at 614-297-0533  *** E-mail us at


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Three Easy Ways to Help Right Now

Things are happening fast these days. Travel restrictions, school and business closings, inexplicable runs on toilet paper….it can be a little overwhelming. Now is not the time to recoil in the face of calamity. As my typing class primer implored instead–“Now is the time for all good [people]* to come to the aid of their country.”

*-edited to use more inclusive language!

NNEMAP Food Pantry could use your help. Here are 3 easy ways for you to pitch in and make an immediate difference:

1: VOLUNTEER  Monday through Friday mornings from 8:30am to 12:00pm, needed to help manage our temporary service model and also “deep clean” the pantry. To schedule volunteer days/times, please contact Executive Director Roy Clark at

2: DONATE STUFF  Bars of soap would be awesome. We would like to make sure every household gets at least one full-size bar of soap every visit. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and feminine hygiene products are always good products to donate as well. For additional donation ideas, please contact Pantry Manager Jim Hamberg at

3: DONATE MONEY  We expect service numbers to increase greatly over time as the impact of this event comes to bear on our customers. The “downstream” effects of school closures, job layoffs and wage losses will devastate our customer base. It costs about $16 per customer visit and around $1,200 a day on average to operate the pantry. Contributions now will go a long way to keeping us ahead of what will almost certainly be a wave of increased need in the weeks and months to come. To make secure online donations, sign up for the new Givevia “Shop to Give” platform, or learn about other ways to contribute financially, please visit or direct others to visit our website at


While discussing another matter of worldwide concern once, a volunteer assured me, “We’ve survived since the days of living in caves–we’ll surely survive this.” When we all work together, we work best.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission!

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***UPDATE*** Temporary Service Changes!


In response to the coronavirus/Covid-19 illness outbreak and guidance from government officials, NNEMAP Food Pantry posted some temporary changes to our service delivery yesterday. Please review those changes and continue reading below.

PLEASE NOTE that the following service hours are CANCELLED until further notice:

Wednesday 3pm-6pm

Saturday 11am-1pm

Due to the short notice, we will be open for service on Saturday, March 14; however, we will not be open again on Saturday until further notice. 


We will continue to provide updates via website and Facebook as this situation changes.

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IMPORTANT!!!–Temporary Service Change Starts MONDAY, MARCH 16

Attention NNEMAP Food Pantry shoppers: As a precautionary measure to our valued customers, volunteers and employees relative to the Coronavirus, beginning MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020, NNEMAP Food Pantry will begin distributing pre-filled orders of grocery items. Each order will include a variety of canned fruits, grains, proteins and a beverage. You will also receive abundant fresh fruits and vegetables. As available, you will receive eggs and meat products.

During this time, customers will be required to wait outside the pantry. Only volunteers and employees may enter the building. Please have your identification ready. You may be asked to complete a paper form for verification purposes.

In order to best protect the health of our community, we will distribute food in this manner until further notice.

For up-to-date and accurate information about the Coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 illness, please refer to any of the following resources:

World Health Organization:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Ohio Department of Health:

Thank you for your patience as we adjust to this temporary service model. Stay healthy!

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Shopping for Spring Fashions? Start Here!

Sure it’s cold and gross outside, but spring is really just around the corner–promise! Picnics, parades, block parties, beach vacations…these festive occasions bring questions. What to wear? What to bring? Where to go?

Trends, trinkets, travel–not to worry. We can help! NNEMAP Food Pantry has partnered with Givevia to empower YOU, our loyal supporters, to make more of an impact than you ever thought possible. Givevia allows you to generate funding that comes directly to NNEMAP Food Pantry by doing something you’re probably already doing: shopping online. Find great deals from major retailers and desirable brands and a generous portion of your purchase is directed to NNEMAP Food Pantry. It’s so convenient!

You can spread the word about the mission we care so deeply for by using advocacy features like building teams or sharing your impact online. We encourage you to join the movement and share this opportunity with your friends. With a few clicks, you can make a HUGE difference.

Click on that lovely blue-green button above to get started today–and PLEASE SHARE this post!!!

As always, thank you for your support–happy shopping!

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677 E. 11th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

PLEASE NOTE NNEMAP Food Pantry will be CLOSED Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day. We will be open for business again on Monday, July 6. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Monday: 9am-12 noon

Tuesday: 9am-12 noon

Wednesday: 9am-12 noon

Friday: 9am-12 noon

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

NNEMAP Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

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