Food Resource Ministries

Epworth Church offers three ministries which provide fresh produce, and non-perishable items to food-insecure households throughout the community. We partner with the Mid Ohio Foodbank and other friends of the church who donate resources. Monetary donations are always welcome, and can be made through the “Supporting Epworth” page.

Food Pantry

Epworth’s food pantry provides a 3-day supply of groceries to folks Monday through Thursday each week. We are able to serve our neighbors who meet current income guidelines.

If you qualify to use the pantry, make an appointment by calling 211. That’s Hands On Central Ohio, the resources clearinghouse for Franklin County. HandsOn will send your information to Epworth. We will then call you to arrange a time to pick up your food. You may use the pantry twice each month.

The pantry served around 500 families, (over 1,600 individuals) during 2018.

2019 marked 43 years of service for Epworth’s Food Pantry. Through November 2019, a total of 492 households were served, representing 1,745 individuals.

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic and social distancing guidelines, food pantry is closed until further notice. Thank you.

Produce Markets

Epworth, in partnership with the Mid Ohio Food Collective, offers free produce markets to the community from April through October. The markets occur on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month. Each one is a drive-thru market. Simply stay in your vehicle and our volunteers will place the food items in your trunk or backseat, whichever you prefer. Please ensure these areas are clear. Folks without transportation may participate, too, but still must register in the south lot.

Registration for each market begins at 1:00 p.m. in Epworth’s south parking lot. Use the Karl Rd. entrance. Bring an official photo ID with you. Each market opens about 2 p.m. and lasts until 4:30 p.m. or earlier if all food items are gone.

Households are eligible to participate in these markets when they earn no more than 230% of the federal poverty level. Click the Product Market Chart link on this page for specifics. Check here monthly for any updates.

During 2020, Epworth distributed 26 tons of produce during 5 markets. More than 3,200 people were served during that time.

Produce Market Chart

Street Ministry

Epworth’s street ministry, in partnership with the Mid Ohio Food Collective, serves food-insecure households in the community as well as people who are homeless.

Epworth has offered this ministry on the streets of Northland since 2013. Every Thursday it provides a free “mobile food market” to our neighbors in need. This is a non-contact process, following current safety guidelines for the COVID-19 virus. Once food orders are received on Wednesdays, we pack and deliver the orders to your doorstep on Thursdays.

Last year the street ministry distributed 26.3 tons of food and served 7,934 people.

This ministry operates within the boundaries of Dublin-Granville Rd. on the north, Oakland Park Ave. to the south, Cleveland Ave. on the east, and I-71 to the west. Current income levels for our produce markets apply for this ministry as well, however, if people are hungry, we give them food! Click the Product Market Chart link on this page for specific eligibility levels.

Epworth Church funds this ministry but your donations are always welcome. See the Online Giving section under the Supporting Epworth tab at the top of this page.