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