Food Drives Happening in Grove City this Holiday Season

 

From Thanksgiving feasts to holiday dinners, the end of the year comes with many food-centric celebrations. While most of us are picking out the perfect turkey or ham, other members of our community are struggling just to find where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity is a devastating problem year-round, but especially disheartening around the holidays.

Looking to make a difference? Help make the holidays a little easier for insecure Grove City neighbors by volunteering at a local food bank.

Mid-Ohio Food Bank

The Mid-Ohio Food Bank has lots of different ways to get involved. Basic volunteer opportunities available to everyone include tending to the garden, sorting food, packaging grocery sets and serving hot lunches. If you are looking for a less physically-demanding opportunity and have data-entry, web-based or other administrative skills, you’ll also be able to volunteer in the office.

Volunteer shifts are typically around three hours long but are very flexible to accommodate for busy schedules. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank volunteer registration page has all the information you’ll need to get started!

Kroger Pantry

The Kroger Pantry was launched by the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in 2012 as another resource for those suffering from food insecurity. Ohio residents making less than 200% of the Federal Poverty numbers are allowed to shop at the Pantry weekly for free.

Kroger Pantry volunteers will guide shoppers through the store and help them make the healthiest choices possible. The Kroger Pantry is entirely run by volunteers, so the pantry cannot open as a community resource on days that there aren’t enough volunteers. Since they rely so heavily on their volunteers, the Kroger Pantry is a great way to directly help those in need.

Grove City Food Pantry

This pantry is located right in the heart of Grove City, so volunteering here is truly making an impact on your neighborhood. The Grove City Food Pantry has been in service since the 1980s but has since grown to be over triple the original size. It is run by four volunteer directors but serviced by the monthly 80-90 volunteers who come by to help.

This year, the Grove City Food Pantry is putting on a White Christmas Food Drive for the community. The drive has many dates and times available for volunteering, so you’ll most likely be able to find one that works for your family.

M.A.S.H. Pantry

This all-in-one pantry provides food, clothing, toiletry and hygiene products to military veterans and their families. While they serve a more narrow demographic, M.A.S.H. Pantry has no shortage of opportunities for you to get involved.

One of the most unique ways you can provide service to M.A.S.H. is by hosting your own remote good drive. Set up a food donation station at your office or school and collaborate with the pantry to schedule a pick-up time. This is an easy way to get a lot of your community involved in giving back!

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday season and forget about those who are less fortunate. This year, volunteer at one of your local Grove City-area food pantries and help put a smile on everyone’s face.

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