Central Ohio Community Resources

Organizations around central Ohio are offering resources and information to help older adults during these extraordinary times due to COVID-19.  If you are in need of assistance, the following organizations may be able to help.  Certain requirements to qualify may apply.  Call ahead to learn more.  We will continue to update this list as we learn of additional resources.

Fayette County

Fayette County Commission on Aging - currently offering supportive services that can be done over the phone and Meals-on-Wheels if individuals meet criteria.  Call 740-335-2159  

Fairfield County

Meals-on-Wheels of Fairfield County – accepting volunteers to help with emergency food drops, tele-friend phone calls, packing food, and delivering meals.  Call 740-681-5050.  www.mowfc.org

Franklin County

Columbus Area Food Resources - information about food pantries, soup kitchens, grocery stores, and lunch programs in central Ohio.

Friendly Phone Line – The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, Greater Columbus Network of Villages, and Clintonville Community Resource Center are all partnering to offer a phone line to senior citizens who are looking for a friendly conversation.  During these times of social distancing, the phone line is a resource to combat loneliness.  The number is 614-993-3614.  Older adults may call Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Hilltop Produce Distribution - The Hilltop YMCA (2879 Valleyview Dr, Columbus, OH 43204) is offering a produce distribution in their parking lot from 4-6pm beginning tomorrow, April 1st and April 15.  This will be a drive through operation, but walk-ups are also welcome. Please bring a valid photo ID. 

The B.R.E.A.D Organization (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity) – B.R.E.A.D is offering a similar phone line to help senior citizens experiencing social isolation.  For more information, visit www.breadcolumbus.com or call 614-220-9363

Mid-Ohio Food Bank – Connects hungry neighbors with food and provides efficient and effective ways for people to meet their basic food and nutrition needs.  Call 614-277-3663.  www.midohiofoodbank.org 

New Albany Food Pantry –They are available to drop off food as needed to seniors. New Albany Food Pantry: 79 N. High Street, New Albany OH 43054. Per Mid-Ohio Food bank guidelines, they service zip codes related to the NAPLS school district. Along with 43054, those areas codes are in some of Blacklick and some of Westerville.  Call 614-413-7907

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, Necessity boxes - Older adults in greater Columbus who are in need of food and supplies can call Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center at 614-268-3539. 

Catholic Social Services Money Management – assists seniors who are having difficulty managing daily finances.  Call 614-221-5891. www.colscss.org

The Columbus Department of Neighborhoods created a sheet in multiple languages to prevent the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.

HandsOn Central Ohio service finder – The HandsOn Central Ohio service locater can direct you to local food pantries, as well as other resources. 

Shopping Angels - service that shops for and delivers groceries to high-risk groups or those who are self-quarantined.  Individuals pay for their own groceries.  614-664-9155 

Madison County

Mt. Sterling Community Center Food Pantry – food pantry will have pre-packed food boxes delivered in the parking lot during regular pantry hours, Tues. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. -1 p.m. as long as there are food resources.  Call 740-869-2453.  www.mountsterlingcc.org 

Licking County

Licking County Aging Program - offering home-delivered meals, adult day services, and transportation to medical appointments.  Call ahead to 740-345-0821www.lcap.org

Union County

Union County Senior Services - provides resources that address feeling isolated.  Call 937-644-1010.

Additional Information and Resources

Ohio Department of Health – COVID-19 Call Center

The Ohio Department of Health opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) 

Resources for Unemployed Ohioans Fact Sheet - Helpful information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that offers free resources that explain how to apply for unemployment, how to meet program eligibility requirements, and how to access free employment services.  

2-1-1 Information and Referral Services – number to connect people to information and referral services.  Trained professionals will assist individuals and families in finding the help they need.  For more information about your 2-1-1 provider in Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties, visit 2-1-1 Providers.

Ohio Attorney General – The Ohio Attorney General encourages Ohioans to follow tips to avoid coronavirus-related scams.  Learn more by reading the latest news release from the Ohio Attorney General.

Special Shopping Hours for Seniors - information about stores providing special hours to senior citizens and those at risk.  Call your local store for details.