Making a Difference

Making a Difference

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Learn about our passionate team, and how you can help!

About Us

Did you know 11% of Pickerington live 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, we successfully serve an average of over 600 people each month in the Pickerington Local School District who need food assistance. 


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.” 


Food assistance is provided for households once every 30 days. 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. 

Who We Are

Vanessa Niekamp, Executive Director

Maartje Eagle, Pantry Operation Coordinator

Renee Roberts, Client Relations Coordinator

Desiree Youngblood, President

LaTashia Reedus, Vice President

Dan Fawcett, Treasurer

Anna Meyer, Pickerington Schools Representative

Darrin Monhollen, Violet Township Representative

Tony Barletta, City Representative

Anthony Rex, PCMA Representative

Bob McAdams, Member

Marian Reitano, Member

and over 80 volunteers

Our Mission

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.

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Food Assistance

What you need to receive food assistance:

 CALL INFORMATION AND REFERRAL

  • Clients are required to call Information and Referral at 740-687-0500 to make a reservation for food assistance. In an emergency, or if you cannot get to a phone during the times required, then you can email info@fairfieldcounty211.org to make a reservation. See When to Call below.

PROVIDE INFORMATION

  • Remember to always include: YOUR FIRST NAME, YOUR LAST NAME AND YOUR HOME ADDRESS.

WHEN TO CALL

  • Reservations should only be made between 8AM and 4PM on Mondays (for Monday evening shopping), on Wednesdays (for Thursday morning shopping) and on Fridays (for Saturday morning shopping). No calls or emails will be accepted at other times or more than 24 hours in advance.

DO NOT LEAVE A MESSAGE

  • Please do not leave a message on the food pantry’s voicemail system to request a reservation to shop. If you do not have a reservation when you come in to shop, you will be asked to wait until the clients with reservations have been served, but we do reserve the right to refuse service if there is no room for more clients the day you come in without a reservation.

THERE IS NO COST TO THE CLIENT TO SHOP FOR FOOD

PROVIDE ID & CURRENT UTILITY BILL

  • Clients must provide a government issued ID for at least one member of the household (preferably the member who is present at the Food Pantry). A copy of a current utility bill must be provided when there has been a change of address or it’s the beginning of our new fiscal year (July). If you do not have this information when you come in, we have the right to refuse service.  Paper copies or a picture of the required information on your cell phone are accepted, but we do not keep copies on file.  You must bring required information each time you shop.


Once you are on the Food Pantry floor, a volunteer walks along with you and you will get a certain number of items per section (product, dairy, meats, vegetables, fruits, proteins, soups, grains, household, hygiene, baby, etc.) depending on the size of your family.  We offer a Choice Pantry which means you pick the items you want to take home, the items you and your family are not allergic to and the items you like. You will take enough food home to make approximately three meals a day for every member of your household for eight days. You are allowed to visit us for food once every 30 days.


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.


Hours:

Monday 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

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

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If your household income is at or below the income listed above, you are eligible to receive food.