Making a Difference

Making a Difference

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We can use your help in meeting the needs of many during this time of emergency.


The health and well-being of our customers, volunteers and staff are top priorities for us. To that end and due to the most recent issued Stay at Home Order, 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 will also restrict box distribution to clients from 10:30AM to 11:30AM on Thursday and Saturdays only. It is imperative for clients to be in line to receive food within the published times. Our volunteers will not be retained at the pantry waiting for clients to arrive. 

Clients are reminded we are operating under a pre-packaged box model. Clients will not be permitted to shop/select items.  Upon arrival to the pantry, please proceed down the alley in an orderly fashion to the back garage area (similar to Holiday Basket distribution). Clients need to remain in their vehicle. Clients will be asked for their name, and registration will be completed by a volunteer for them. Clients do not need to hand volunteers proof of residency information. 

Please continue to call Fairfield County 2-1-1, or (740) 687-0500, to schedule services. It is important that we know you are in need of assistance to be able to have food ready and waiting for you.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all look out for one another during this public health crisis. Thank you.

We appreciate any financial support you can provide to help us meet the increased need.

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 (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 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 (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.

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:


  • 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 to make a reservation. See When to Call below.




  • Reservations should only be made between 8AM and 4PM on  Wednesdays (for Thursday morning shopping) and  between 8AM and 12PM on Fridays (for Saturday morning shopping). No calls or emails will be accepted at other times or more than 24 hours in advance.


  • 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.



  • 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 (excluding zip code 43068). We are located in the Olde Village of Pickerington, at 70 Cross Street, Suite B.


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


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