We appreciate any financial support you can provide to help us meet the increased need.
Donations of unopen food items are accepted at the pantry on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
UPDATED COVID PROCEDURES:
The health and well-being of our customers, volunteers and staff are top priorities for us. To that end, the Pantry will limit the number of volunteers, their amount of time at the pantry, and appropriately distance them while they assist us in getting food to those in need.
We ask clients to arrive between 10:30AM to 11:30AM on Thursdays and Saturdays:
1. Clients will continue to register for services with Fairfield County 2-1-1.
2. Upon arrival to the pantry, clients will be asked to print their first name and their cell phone number on a clipboard posted on the front door. The pen used at the clipboard will be wrapped with saran wrap and hand sanitizer will be placed for use in the area.
3. Clients will be asked to wait in their vehicle until they are texted to enter the pantry.
4. The registration volunteer will have only one client in the pantry lobby at any given time. After the client is registered and has entered the shopping area, the next client may be texted to enter the lobby. Clients will not touch the keyboard during registration and the registration area will be wiped down between clients. The volunteer will continue to use the expedited registration option in Pantry Trak. Additional family members/children will not be permitted in the pantry, nor able to wait in the pantry lobby.
5. There will be only two clients permitted in the shopping area and must maintain an isle between them.
6. Volunteers in the shopping area will no longer shop along-side the client, nor bag their items. Instead, volunteers will be placed at the ends of the isles to help provide verbal shopping advise and direct the client along the shopping isles.
7. A volunteer will be placed at the refrigeration area, and a second at the meat freezer. These volunteers will wipe down the handles after each client has shopped.
8. The last volunteer will be placed in the bread isle at the exit. This volunteer will open the door for the client and then wipe down the cart when returned.
9. Both volunteers and clients will be required to wear a mask. Masks are only provided for volunteers. Clients must provide their own. If a client is unable, or refuses to wear one, a volunteer will be assigned to shop for the family while the client remains outside.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all look out for one another during this public health crisis. Thank you.
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 500 people each month in the Pickerington Local School District (excluding zip code 43068) 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 five days, or 15 meals, to supplement the household’s food for the week. 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.
Board of Trustees:
and over 100 volunteers
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 (excluding zip code 43068). 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.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
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THERE IS NO COST TO THE CLIENT TO WEEKLY SHOP FOR FOOD
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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 five days. You are allowed to visit us for food once every week (seven day period).
The Pickerington Food Pantry is a choice Food Pantry serving residents of the Pickerington Local School District (excluding zip code 43068). We are located in the Olde Village of Pickerington, at 70 Cross Street, Suite B.
Clients must arrive for service between :
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Thursdays and Saturdays
If your household income is at or below the income listed above, you are eligible to receive food.