About Us

Did you know that 11% of Pickerington lives below the poverty line?

The Pickerington Food Pantry is governed by a Board of Trustees who volunteer their time along with 80+ people who also volunteer their time on a daily, weekly and/or monthly basis. Together, they successfully serve an average of over 600 people each month in the Pickerington Local School District who need food assistance.

The mission of the Pickerington Food Pantry is “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.” The purpose of the organization is to provide emergency food assistance to income eligible clients (at or below 200% of Federal poverty guidelines) who reside within the boundaries of the Pickerington Local School District. The Food Pantry is organized exclusively for the charitable provision of food for the relief of the poor under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Food assistance is provided for households once per calendar month. The Food Pantry is a choice pantry, meaning that it operates much like a grocery store, where clients are given a list of categories from which they are free to choose whatever food they like to correspond with dietary restrictions and preferences. Each person in a household is given enough food to last the equivalent of eight days, or 24 meals, to supplement the household’s food for the month. The Food Pantry makes an effort to provide nutritious food for clients, including fresh produce every week and provides a recipe book to help prepare food that clients are not familiar with. The vast majority of the food distributed from the Food Pantry is either purchased at a steep discount from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank using monetary funds donated to the Food Pantry, or donated by various sources around the community, including grocery stores, churches and schools.

The Food Pantry is located in the Olde Village of Pickerington, and it serves an average of 600 people a month. 

The Food Pantry’s clients are a diverse portrait of the Pickerington community, including young children, extended families and senior citizens. Many unforeseen scenarios, including job loss, sickness or injury, can put a financial burden on households – it is with generous support that we can aid our neighbors in their time of need. Thank you for supporting the Pickerington Food Pantry and our mission of “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.”

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Vanessa Niekamp, Executive Director

Maartje Eagle, Pantry Operations Coordinator

Renee Roberts, Client Relations Coordinator

Board of Trustees

Desiree Youngblood, President
LaTashia Reedus, Vice President
Dan Fawcett, Treasurer
Darrin Monhollen, Violet Township Representative
Anna Meyer, Pickerington Local School District Representative
Tony Barletta, City of Pickerington Representative
Vacant, Pickerington Christian Ministry Association Representative
Bob McAdams, Member
Marian Reitano, Member

The Pickerington Food Pantry is a choice Food Pantry serving residents of the Pickerington Local School District. We are located in the Olde Village of Pickerington, at 70 Cross Street, Suite B.


Clients are currently asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to close to receive service. Hours until August 31, 2019:

Monday 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM (arrive by 8:15 PM)

Thursday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (arrive by 11:45 AM)

Starting September 1, 2019, the pantry will see all clients who arrive by the close time (no need to arrive 15 minutes early), but the hours will be changed and published as:

Monday 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Thursday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Please fill in the information below to contact us via email. We usually respond within 24-48 hours.