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CCAF Columbus Ministries


Food Pantry

The Challenge

Food insecurity is a real challenge, affecting the lives of our friends, our families and our neighbors. As Christians, it is our duty to serve anyone in need.

  • 16.4 percent of the population hungry, Ohio is one of only eight states where the rate of hunger exceeds the national average of 14.6 percent.
  • 300 food pantries and soup kitchens in Franklin County address this need, providing food for 63,025 meals per day, or over 23 million annually.
  • 38 percent of people receiving food from these agencies are children, and 11 percent are 60 or older.

The statistics above bear witness to the need for the CCAF Food Pantry.

The Solution

While not a total solution to the underlying issues surrounding food insecurity, the CCAF Food Pantry provides emergency food to families on the third and fourth Wednesday and Friday of each month. Over 30 faithful volunteers organize and distribute food to over 7,000 individuals annually. The Food Pantry has evolved over the years from simply providing emergency services to combating chronic hunger and poor nutrition in underserved populations. Approved by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the pantry is 100% funded by the church. Fresh fruits and vegetables make up an increasingly larger portion of the food we distribute at our pantry.

CCAF Food Pantry

James 2:15-17

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Individuals Served | 2009

Individuals Served | 2015

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Pantry Usage | 2009-2015

  • Food insecure families in Ohio 16.4% 16.4%
  • National Average 14.6% 14.6%
  • Children served by CCAF Food Pantry 44.8% 44.8%
  • Senior Citizens served by CCAF Food Pantry 31.3% 31.3%
  • Food Pantry funding from CCAF congregation 100% 100%

Why have a Pantry?

  • 16.4 percent of the population hungry, Ohio is one of only eight states where the rate of hunger exceeds the national average of 14.6 percent.
  • 300 food pantries and soup kitchens in Franklin County address this need, providing food for 63,025 meals per day, or over 23 million annually.
  • 38 percent of people receiving food from these agencies are children, and 11 percent are 60 or older.

These statistics bear witness to the need for the CCAF Food Pantry.