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So Many Ways to Get Started

Looking to get involved? Whether you’re interested in enrolling your child, donating, or stepping up as a Big, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio offers several types of programs. 

Changing Lives for the Better, Forever

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children for the better, forever. We operate in both urban and rural communities. Our mentors work with children in the community, in their schools, and many places in between.

Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring has a Big Impact

What do we acheive?

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children achieve success in school, helps them avoid risky behaviors such as getting into fights and trying drugs and alcohol, and helps them improve their self-confidence

Who do we serve?

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of youth ages 5-21. Our network of volunteers, donors and supporters come from all walks of live, all backgrounds and all corners of the area. 

What do we do?

Our unique brand of one-to-one mentoring, in which a child is carefully matched with a caring adult mentor in a relationship supported by professional Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members, helps kids reach their biggest possible futures.



IMPACTFUL and convenient

As a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, you’ll make an impact that will last a lifetime. 100% of Little’s in our community-based and school-based programs improved or maintained in at least two of seven outcome areas, which includes academic performance, sense of social acceptance, educational expectations and more! To see the full impact our Bigs have, view our Annual Impact Report.

Our match support specialists work to match you with your perfect Little and will guide you through every step of your match relationship. With their support, flexible scheduling and a multitude of program options, you’ll be able to make an impact that fits your lifestyle.

Ready to take the first step and make A Big Impact? Send us an inquiry.

Give a Little Something Back

You have the opportunity in front of you- to not only impact a child’s life today, but to transform their potential for tomorrow.

Go Big

We’re always looking for people eager to positively impact a child and improve their community at the same time.

Big Brothers especially are in high demand. 

As a Big you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your time. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their life. Play a board game. Make a craft. Hit the playground together. Just as your options are unlimited, so is your Little’s potential. But don’t just take it from us. Check out our Big Impact page for stories of what it means to be a role model from our Bigs & Littles. 

Ready to be a Big? Fill out our simple online inquiry form. After you complete it, a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff member will contact you within 72 hours. So many of our Bigs tell us that becoming a Big was the best decision they ever made.

What are you waiting for?

Learn More about the Enrollment Process

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What's it Like to be a Big?

We asked a few volunteers to share their experience

Interested in Volunteering?

Know Someone Who Would Make a Great Big Brother?

At Big Brothers Big Sisters we are always looking for more men to be mentors. We have boys ready and waiting to be matched with a role model. So tell the guys you know to sign up to become Bigs. They can do all the things they love to do already, like see movies, play video games, and go hiking. Only now, they’d get to enjoy it with a child who can truly benefit from it. 

More than 70% of our children waiting for a Big are boys, but only 3 out of every 10 inquiries to volunteer come from men. Research shows that having the positive influence of a Big Brother makes a real difference in a boy’s life. So join the thousands of volunteers who give a young person someone to look up to. Refer your friend to become a Big here.

Refer a Friend

Refer a Friend

At a time when not much seems certain about the world, having a Big can make all the difference for local youth.
Right now, we have hundreds of Littles waiting for a Big like you to help them navigate their new normal.

Research shows that volunteers who were referred to our program
by their friends are more likely to have long, impactful matches.
Help us get the word out about our need for Bigs by referring your friends to volunteer.

Here's How You Can Help

  • Refer one person who completes orientation– receive an invitation for you and your friend to a special Bigs Night Out celebration
  • Refer three people who complete orientation- receive a limited edition BBBS tee
  • Refer five people who complete orientation- receive a BBBS pullover
  • The two people who refer the most people who complete orientation will receive a mystery BBBS prize pack.

October 1st  
Facebook Live Kick-Off Noon

October 2nd Noon-2pm
Use your phone and record your own video or sign up for a time and let us record it for you. Sign up for a 10 minute slot and we will record your message via Zoom and provide you with a copy to share on social.

Week of October 5th - Get Social and Put Out the Call
This week we will focus on sharing videos submitted by you our Bigs. Create your own video sharing the impact volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters has had on you and your Little or challenge a few of your friends to become Bigs also. The important part is that people are hearing directly from you the impact your volunteer experience is having.

Week of October 12th - Show Your Swag
Share a photo of you and your favorite BBBS swag on your social media- a hat, tee, or your favorite coffee mug.  Be sure to tag us with the hashtags #lovebeingabig #BBBSCentralOH.

Week of October 19th – Who’s Your Mentor
Everyone’s had a mentor at some point in his or her life- who’s yours? Tag your mentor and let them know how much you appreciate their guidance and support.

Week of October 26th  - Connect Your Community
Are you a member of a fraternity/sorority, club, or other organization where people may be interested in volunteering? Introduce us to your networks, and we’ll provide materials and information about getting started.

October 31, 2020
Last day to count referrals towards rewards

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  • One of my favorite activities each week is volunteering one hour with @BBBSCentralOH. Working with my brilliant and fun Little never fails to brighten my day. I encourage everyone to join me!
  • Volunteering with @BBBSCentralOH has been a transformative experience. I invite all of my friends and family to step up and defend the potential of a local child.
  • Today (Little’s first name) and I went to the Columbus Zoo! (Share a funny quote, memory, etc.). Thanks (tag) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for the free tickets!
  • As many of you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for the past ___ months/years. If anyone has ever thought about it, please let me know. It’s been a great experience so far and I’d love to help more Littles like __________ get a Big.
  • Are you interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? Let me know! They are always looking for Bigs and I’d love to help another kid like my Little Brother/Sister _________, reach their biggest possible future.
  • With the right mentor, Littles discover new hobbies and passions. Join me in defending potential. Become a mentor today at
  • Did you know you can defend potential right from home? My Little and I had a meaningful conversation without leaving our couches. Become a Big today at
  • Post stories of your experiences so all your friends can see in real-time what it’s like to be a Big. Share a video of what you’re doing

Follow us on Twitter

  • The hour I get to interact with my Little is the highlight of my week. Make time in your schedule to be a Big.
  • More than 200 students across 23 schools are empowered by the @BBBSCentralOH School-based mentoring program. I volunteer because ………. Join me
  • Had an awesome time with my @BBBSCentralOH Little Brother/Sister _________ today. We got to go to his/her first play together!
  • Had a great time with _________ today. Do you have time in your day to defend the potential of a local youth?
  • Being a @BBBSCentralOH Big has been (share your experience). You could make a difference too.

Follow us on Instagram

  • Today (Little’s first name) and I went to the Columbus Zoo! (Share a funny quote, memory, etc.). Thanks (tag) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for the free tickets!
  • As many of you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for the past ___ months/years. If anyone has ever thought about it, please let me know. It’s been a great experience so far and I’d love to help more Littles like __________ get a Big.
  • Are you interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister? Let me know! They are always looking for Bigs and I’d love to help another kid like my Little Brother/Sister _________, reach their biggest possible future.
  • Defender of potential. Giver of good advice, Friend. You’re all these things to me which is why I think you’d be a great Big. ( Tag a friend you think would make a great Big)
  • Post stories of your experiences so all your friends can see in real-time what it’s like to be a Big. Share a video of what you’re doing

Hi _________,

Just wanted to follow up with you on our previous conversation about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. I really think you’d have a lot of fun and you’d be a great fit. Let me know if you want more info and I can get you in touch with the right people.

-Your Name


Hey _________,

As you know, I’ve been a Big Brother/Sister for [insert length of time] now, and they are looking for more Bigs to volunteer. I really think you’d have a lot of fun. [Insert Info about your Little and how you have liked the program so far].

Let me know if you want any more info about it or have any questions. Their website has a lot of good info too. Check it out


-Your Name

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Big Futures

What is Big Futures?

In Big Futures, we provide support and resources to high school aged Littles as they work towards graduation. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio partners with community businesses and organizations to promote career and college readiness for Littles and their families as they explore post-graduation opportunities.

2020-2021 Big Futures Program Opportunities

  • ‘Welcome to Big Futures’ annual August orientation event for incoming 9th grade matches and families
  • Quarterly Mentor Cafes
  • Big/Little Camp Weekends
  • Access to week-long Life Skills Summer Camp
  • College campus visits
  • Annual combined military information night
  • Laptops and Tech Training
  • OnTrack program access
  • Expanding Visions Foundation Career Institutes
  • Paid Summer Internship opportunities
  • Ohio Workforce Readiness Seal
  • ‘Bridging to the Future’ annual end of the year celebration for Senior students, Bigs and families
  • Intentional, increased communication and guidance for matches working toward individualized goals and plans. 

Help Empower Big Futures

Interested in sponsoring or partnering with Big Futures?

Contact Ryan Love, Vice President of Resource Development at to learn more about available opportunities.

Thank You to Our Big Futures Sponsors & Partners

Ways to Give

Ways to Give

When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, you invest in a child’s future by ensuring they are matched with a caring adult mentor who will help them reach their biggest possible future.
Your gift will have a lasting impact for generations to come.

Give today in one of the following ways:

Make a One-Time Gift

Your gift defends the potential inherent in each child.

Monthly Giving

When you join our program, you increase your impact through ongoing monthly support.

Plan Your Legacy

Extend your legacy by making a planned gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Your gift ensures the continuation of our landmark mentoring programs and creates your own legacy of support. Planned giving also offers significant advantages, including tax breaks and a potential income increase.

If you’re considering making Big Brothers Big Sisters part of your trust, bequest, or endowment,
please contact Ryan Love at or 614-839-2447 ext. 121

Legal Notice:  This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. For more information about estate planning and making a planned gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, we encourage you to consult with your legal and financial advisors. Laws and regulations governing all gifts and availability of certain life income gifts vary by state.

Community Based

Community-Based Match Update

While we strongly encourage matches to continue meeting virtually, beginning July 1st Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is once again permitting in-person visits between Bigs and Littles under specific guidelines. All Bigs, Littles, and Parents/Guardians will receive a copy of the guidelines and are required to sign off on them prior to any in-person match activities.

You can find and sign a copy of the guidelines online at You can also download a copy here  (Spanish version) or request a printed copy to sign and return from your Match Support Specialist.

If you are uncomfortable with meeting in-person, you can continue to visit our activity toolkit for suggestions on fun and creative ways to connect.


Our Commitment to DEI

Together we affirm that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to creating and cultivating a safe environment where all individuals feel respected and valued equally. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory and anti-racist approach and are committed to dismantling any inequities within our policies, systems, programs and services. 

Our Statement

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is an integral part of our values and mission.  We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person [regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status] has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio believes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization is one where all employees, volunteers, youth, and families, whatever their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, income, or health condition feels valued and respected. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

Find training and educational resources below:

The term microaggression is thrown around a lot lately, but what does it mean? Microaggressions are typically categorized as unintended slights towards a person of a different race, gender, orientation, etc. They can seem like small, off-hand comments, but in reality are offensive and have damaging consequences for the person that hears them. They are borne from an historical issue of systemic and institutionalized racism and underlie greater racial tensions. Microaggressions happen so frequently, they are a daily​ occurrence for people of marginalized communities. Examples:

  • "When I look at you, I don't see race." or "I don't see color. I'm color-blind." This disregards the person's identity, experiences, and historical inequities/injustices.
  • "Where are you from?""What are you?", or "Your name isn't American." This labels the person as "other", implying they do not belong.
  • "Can I touch your hair?" or "You look so exotic." This objectifies the person and can make them feel powerless, taking away autonomy they have over their own body.
  • "You're great at science for a girl." This implies that females are not successful at STEM careers."
  • "You don't act black." or "You don't look gay." This indicates that there is some "box" that all people of color or those in the LGBTQ community must align with.
People in marginalized populations experience microaggressions constantly. Overtime, these repeated, veiled insults wear on a person and break them down. Victims of microaggressions tend to internalize these messages and often think to themselves "did I hear that person correctly? Am I crazy? Am I being too sensitive? Maybe it's just me." This is a very common reaction to microaggressions. However, you are not alone. It is not okay. And it is a problem. If you experience a microaggression, know that you are not alone, reach out to your support system to discuss your feelings, contact an ally, and be sure to practice self-care.

An implicit bias is the unconscious attribution of particular qualities and characteristics (both favorable and unfavorable) to a certain social group or status. Implicit biases are typically formed through experiences or learned associations. These attitudes and stereotypes affect our understanding, actions, and decisions towards these groups in an unconscious manner.

Implicit biases are hidden from the person experiencing them, thus are activated involuntarily without the person's awareness or control. These biases cause us to have feelings and attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, and appearance.

Implicit biases are pervasive -- everyone has them -- but they do not necessarily line up with one's stated beliefs. The great news is that they can also be gradually unlearned over time.

"Your willingness to examine your own possible biases is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice in our society. Categories give order to life, and every day, we group other people into categories based on social and other characteristics. This is the foundation of stereotypes, prejudice and, ultimately, discrimination." - Teaching Tolerance

Click here to Take a Test from Project Implicit to assess your own Implicit Biases. Fifteen tests are available, including Implicit Association Tests (IAT) on age, religion, sexuality, skin tone, race, gender-science, and disability.

​** Please note: encountering your own Implicit Biases can be challenging and upsetting to some. Please keep this in mind before navigating to the Project Implicit site.


DEI Terminology

LGBTQ Terminology

Race Terminology

Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers Adapting During Pandemic

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio relies on personal contact between its adult volunteers and children.

The close nature of those relationships has been challenged by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

To keep those bonds as close as possible, the organization launched a pen-pal program and encourages contact through online services, said Erica Strother, who is on the program’s staff.

Big Sisters are paired with Little Sisters, and Big Brothers are paired with Little Brothers….

Read full article on ThisWeek’s website.

Big Sister with a BIG IMPACT – Dominique’s story

I met Esmeralda when she was eight years old through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Hispanic Mentoring program. Our first meeting was interesting. Children typically aren’t too receptive to strangers in their home. She was shy and hesitant to speak, but then again so was I. Being this was the first visit with Esmeralda, her mom, the mentoring manager, and myself I really had no idea what to talk about. Fortunately, her mother was very welcoming, and the mentoring manager knew exactly what we needed to talk about. Esmeralda ended up coming around too, so that made me feel a whole lot better.

Being fresh out of college and new to Columbus, I was looking for a way to get to know the people that made up the community. I’ve never thought too much about mentoring youth. I grew up with two younger brothers and a bunch of cousins, but that was less about mentoring and more about doing whatever I could to make sure they stayed out of my room. The decision to become a big was handled like any other important decision I make—take a piece of paper and write a “Top 10 Reasons Why I Want to Do This” list. Some of the reasons were easily developed: get involved with a great nonprofit and connect with people who are a part of the program. Ultimately the one that ended up making the decision for me: Give this kid the boost they need to realize their potential.

As a kid, my class was part of a mentoring program through my school. I don’t remember how we got involved, I just remember being told you all have mentors now—they may have been college students, but I’ll never be too sure. Regardless, the matches were made, and the mentoring began. I may have met with my mentor twice over lunch after school and never heard from her again. That wasn’t too great. Although I don’t remember too much of that relationship, what I did remember is that if I’m going to become a mentor, I will not become the one that disappears on my little after a few hangouts.

Getting involved with the BBBS Hispanic Mentoring program was simple. Figuring out how I wanted to handle things once the match was made was a challenge. What kind of activities should we do together? How do I entertain this kid? Am I supposed to be inspiring? What does she eat? So many questions, a little nervousness, but a whole lot of excitement for the possibilities ahead.

It didn’t take long for Esmeralda to bust out her shell. We started having conversations about her family, and her excitement toward starting high school. One of my favorite earlier memories with Esmeralda is the time we visited a veterinarian’s office. Most of our hangouts revolved around careers that she was interested in pursuing when she got older. She was obsessed with animals and wanted to become a vet. I asked a veterinarian if we could visit her office to shadow her and get some tips on how to prepare for a future in veterinary science. Esmeralda took a tour of the operating room, learned about the schooling required to become a vet, and even looked through a microscope at a blood sample. The office had animals of various sizes and depending on how long it had been since they were worked on by the vet, various temperaments. After that trip, we learned Esmeralda did not like large or medium dogs and only wanted to work on chihuahuas. It wasn’t too long until she realized she didn’t want to become a vet after all. She wanted to become a baker instead!

We had been matched for a year and were able to manage a minimum of three visits a month. This was before I had a steady full-time job and had more time to commit. Slowly, the number of visits began to dwindle from twice a month, to once a month, to once every three to four months. My schedule had changed, and I was struggling with balancing my commitments. I couldn’t face the fact that I was letting down my little and slowly started to become that mentor I told myself I would never be. It wasn’t fair to Esmeralda, and I was ashamed for letting it continue that way for as long as it did. We eventually talked about it, and we agreed that I needed to do better with upholding my commitment as a big. For a moment, I honestly thought about stepping down as a mentor. I wasn’t confident in my capability to manage all my responsibilities and be there for this kid. But why not? Kids get involved with the BBBS program for different reasons, but mentors are all in for one unifying purpose: to be there for the kids. Esmeralda deserved a dedicated big and that’s what I was determined to be.

We’ve been matched for almost seven years now. Esmeralda is in high school and is doing so well. It has been a privilege watching her grow into a fierce, smart, and funny young woman who is obsessed with Tik Tok. She has strong opinions and a kind heart. She has good friends, some that she has known since first grade. She has a mother that has been a shining example of strength and accepting people for who they are. We have deep conversations about challenges faced by society and how we believe her generation will be the ones to create the solutions. We talk about her goals of going to college and her future.

Becoming a big was a good decision—getting it together and realizing how important it was for me to stick with it was an even better decision. Esmeralda and I have made so many good memories. From ice skating for the first time to visiting OSU’s campus, we’ve done so much together and there’s still so much to do. My favorite recent memory is going to Esmeralda’s first concert. We saw Shawn Mendes and had the best time singing along to every song on the setlist. At the end of the concert, she asked me if we could still hang out once she graduated and the BBBS program was over. Obviously, the answer was “of course” and it brought me so much joy knowing that our friendship goes beyond the program. The picture of us is from that concert. I am looking forward to taking more pictures with her and creating more memories together.


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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our BBBS Community, including youth, parents, volunteers and staff, is of the utmost importance to us. We continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately:

  • Our offices will be closed. Staff will continue to work remotely. 
  • Program orientation, Volunteer interviews, youth/parent interviews and MENTOR trainings will take place via web conferencing or phone. 
  • Match Support Specialists will contact matches and discuss options for virtual match outings via Google Hang Outs, FaceTime, Google Voice 3-Way and through our pen pal program. 

We remain inspired by stories of Bigs and Littles staying connected in this time of social distancing. 

Big Sister Stephanie and Little Sister La’Miyah decided to stay connected through our Pen Pal system. With Match Support Specialist Nikiah’s coaching and support on the importance of maintaining relationships even over long distance, this match has been able to keep building their rapport, building La’Miyah’s reading skills, and building optimistic about the future of their Relationship.

Please visit this page frequently for continued updates

Community Resources

  • E-Learning
  • Housing & Utility Assistance
  • Exercise & Meditation
  • Franklin County School
    Food Programs
  • Food Pantries &
    Restaurant Deals
  • Delaware County
  • Union County

Virtual Field Trips:  

  Museums           Zoos, Parks, and more

Cincinnati Zoo will be going Live via Facebook at 3PM 

Homework Help: 

Khan Academy has lessons listed by grade/subject and a search feature: 

Scholastic “Learn-At-Home” Platform 

Clever is a digital platform where families can find all of the resources for Columbus City Schools Home Learning 

preschool-2nd grade: (FREE Membership with Code SCHOOL7771) 

preschool-6th grade 

3rd grade-8th grade 


Josh Gad, Amy Adams, Jennifer Gardner and other celebrities are reading books to families 

Brooklyn Public Library is offering Virtual Storytime via Facebook

New York Public Library has 300,000 free books available for download 

Arts & Theater:  

The Met Opera will be releasing Live performances nightly 

Canvas Creations (based in Delaware!) is doing Facebook Live painting classes. All you need is black, white, red, yellow, and blue paint, brushes and a canvas. Others have used crayons or colored pencils and paper! 


Virtual Dissections 

Virtual Labs:  

Cloning Mice

Life and Earth Science


University of Colorado has several online learning simulations, broken out by age group

PBS Nova Labs (Clouds, RNA, Evolution, and Cybersecurity Simulations) 


Breathing Association Winter Crisis Program

Family Shelter: 
*Note: families need to call the shelter directly for more guidance 

Star House: #614-826-5868 (ages 14-24)  
Closing everyday 11am-2pm. Taking temperature when enter the building. If you have a fever you will be given a goody bag and turned away. Not allowing usual partners or visitors inside except for medical personnel  

Huckleberry House: #614-294-5553 Crisis shelter (ages 12-17) open 24 hours   


Spectrum: Free Wi-Fi for K-12 (for 60 days) #1-844-488-8395 

Comcast: Available to all qualified low income households (English) #855-846-8376 (Spanish) #855-765-6995 


AEP is suspending all shut-offs
Columbia Gas is suspending all shut-offs  

United Way 

COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund – will help with bills, rent and foodcall 1-866-211-9966; provide zip code, you will be given a list of local agencies to provide assistance  

Additional Resource: Helpline/HandsOn Central Ohio 

Dial 2-1-1 in your service area to connect with Helpline/HandsOn- Free referral program that can connect people to any service they need for their health, family, financial, or disaster related needs. 


GoNoodle: Virtual workouts, games, dancing and yoga. FREE for families  

Cosmic Kids Yoga (YouTube): Yoga Workouts 

New Horizon Meditation and Sleep Stories (YouTube)


OSU LiFE Sports Home Workouts

Zumba Kids Playlist (YouTube)

Many Local yoga and fitness studios are going LIVE on their Facebooks with workout classes 

Home Physical Education Journal 

Columbus City Schools Locations (Breafast 8am-9am and Lunch 11am-1pm)

Linden-McKinley Stem AcademmySouth 7-12Buckeye Middle SchoolIndependence High School
Columbus Afrocentric Early CollegeSherwood Middle SchoolCentennial High SchoolColumbus Global Academy
Mifflin High SchoolWoodward Park Middle SchoolWest High SchoolStarling PreK-8
Wedgewood Middle School

Dublin City Schools (9am-2pm, grab and go)

Dublin Scioto High SchoolRiverside Elementary

Pickerington Local Schools (11:30am-12:30pm, grab and go)

Tussing ElementaryHarmon Middle SchoolRidgeview Jr. High

Groveport Madison Schools (11:30am-12:30pm)

Asbury ElementaryDunloe ElementaryGlendening Elementary
Madison ElementaryMiddle School CentralMiddle School North

Worthington Schools (10am-1pm)

Thomas Worthington High SchoolWorthing Kilbourne High SchoolSlate Hill Elementary

SouthWestern City Schools (10am-12pm)

FinlandHarmonHighland ParkGalloway
Franklin WoodsWest FranklinHolt CrossingPark Street
WestlandAlton HallBolton CrossingDarby Woods
East FranklinPrairie LincolnRichard AvenueStiles
Prairie NortonGalloway RidgeGrove CityFranklin Heights
BrookparkNortonPleasant ViewCentral Crossing

Canal Winchester Local Schools (grab and go)
Check school website for full details  (

Westerville City Schools
Starting 3/19/2020 will have food delivery.

Hilliard City Schools 

Pick up and Delivery details will be available on 3/18/2020 

On 3/16 and 3/17 from 10am to 1pm-grab a lunch (child that this is for must be present) 

Bexley Schools 

Breakfast and Lunch available 2x’s per week at 4 different locations  

(NOTE: only for students who qualify for free lunches)-Check website for details 

Reynoldsburg City Schools 

-March 17-20 meals can be picked up between 11a-1p 

French Run ElementaryHannah Ashton Middle SchoolReynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus

-March 23-27 meals can be picked up between 11a-1p at

French Run ElementaryReynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus

-March 30-April 3 meals can be picked up between 11a-1p at 

French Run ElementaryHannah Ashton Middle SchoolReynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus

Grandview Heights Schools (grab and go meals)
Breakfast: 8am-8:15am at Edison Commons
Lunch: 11am-11:30am at Edison Commons

Gahanna Jefferson Schools (11am-1pm) 

March 18 (3 days worth of food) , March 23 (5 days worth of food) and March 30 (5 days worth of food)

Goshen Lane ElementaryRoyal Manor ElementaryMiddle School East
Middle School WestLincoln High School

Columbus City Schools Mobile Produce Market

St. Stephen’s Community House Food Pantry 

Food Nutrition Center: available for all Franklin County Residents (no zip code restrictions). Families can visit 1x a week through March 2020. Food will be pre-boxed foods ONLY.  

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12pm-3pm 

Tuesday and Thursday 3p-6p 

**NOTE: if never been to the food pantry will need to bring proof of residency and ID   

Diapers: available for children under 3 years old 

Go to:  for updated information and their blog 

Gladden Community House- 

After School Program: Monday-Friday from 1:30p-4:30p children can get dinner who are within the zip code 

Food Pantry: zip code only and will receive pre-boxed food 

Serving Zip Codes: 43204, 43222, 43223, 43215 and west of the Scioto River. 


-EVERYONE Contact via phone call before going to appointment 

-Do not have to see the infant, but will need to provide birth certificate 

-Children 1-5 years old have to be seen, but this will be a short 10-15 min visit and are eliminating medical portion (height/weight)

Restaurants with Free/Discounted Food  

Piada: Free kids meals for K-12 students between 10:45am-1pm

Smoked on High Barbeque: Starting 3/18/2020, kids can get an order of drummies or pulled chicken for free for the next 3 weeks.

Nasty’s Sports Bar and Restaurant in Hilliard: Kids eat free Sunday’s and Monday’s  

Uber Eats: waived all delivery fees 

Greek Express: free lunch to school aged kids Monday-Friday 11am-2pm 

Fusion: $1 Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls through app and in-store 

El Rodeo Mexican: Free meals K-12 Monday-Friday from 2pm-5pm (no purchase necessary) 

Roosters: Free kids meals age 12 and younger starting 3/16/2020 through 4/5/2020 

All People’s Fresh Marketopen for regular hours #614-445-7342 

*ALL Central Ohio Districts are offering pick-up or drop-off options for school-age children for breakfast and lunch. See your District website for more information* 

Lutheran Social Services- FULL PANTRY Tuesdays 4-6 and Wednesdays 10-12 at Willis Education Center by appointment via phone 1-877-LSS-MEAL or online  

Pacer Pantry and Diaper Bank at Willis Education Center, appointment only, 740-833-1619  

Andrews House Carry-Out Meals available on the 2nd Friday and 3rd Thursday of the month, call 740-369-4520 to reserve 

People In Need, Inc.  has pre-packaged meal boxes available 1x/month, open 9:00 AM, call 740-363-6284 

Salvation Army Delaware Food Pantry has pre-packaged meal boxes 10AM-2PM 

Restaurants offering free meals 

The Greater Gouda is offering a free turkey and cheddar or salami and provolone free to school-age children from 11am-3pm on weekdays. 

FOR ANY ASSISTANCE, Dial Helpline at 2-1-1 or 800-684-2324, or text “helpline” to 8 

Food Resources: 

Marysville Exempted Village Schools

This is where you can find day, time, and location of food pick up if your child attends Marysville schools. Delivery is available.  

North Union Local Schools

Find mental health resources, food resources, technology resources, etc. 

The Hope Center: Serving dinner Monday-Friday from 4-6:00pm, carry out. 

Blessings in a Backpack-Marysville, see their Facebook page for up to date locations for food pick up 


Local Restaurant Specials 

  • Buckeye Family Pizzeria, Wednesday-Friday between 11-2pm, any school age child can come in and get 2 slices of pepperoni or cheese pizza and a fountain drink for free 
  • Wildcat Pizza and Pioneer Pizza$1 slice of pizza and a drink between 11-1pm 
  • The Ville Grille, when parents purchase a meal all kids up to 8th grade will receive a free kids meal, high school students can receive 25% off their meal when they present their school ID