Childhood Hunger in Columbus, Ohio

In the state of Ohio, 24% of all children are food insecure, which means they live in a household that lacks the proper resources to acquire the nutritious food it takes to live an active, healthy lifestyle. In Franklin County alone, there are more than 60,000 food insecure children, the highest concentration in the state of Ohio. The Archives of Pediatric Medicine have found the impacts of experiencing hunger can have negative impacts on children 10 to 15 years later. Some of these impacts include behavioral issues, educational delays, and even development of chronic health conditions.

While federal nutrition programs have a wide reach, too many children slip through the nutrition safety net – especially during the summer when kids don’t have access to free or reduced price meals at school.

Program Details/ Volunteering

This summer, with your help, we will serve over 2,000 meals to children from Columbus, who would otherwise go hungry. Summer feeding is a perfect opportunity for a meaningful weekly activity, students looking for volunteer hours, or just a simple way to positively impact the community.

Volunteers are needed each weekday throughout the summer from 8:30-1:00 to prepare meals and distribute them to the children at St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church located at 2219 Summit St. Columbus, OH 43201. Volunteers will help prepare and distribute the food and also help run kid’s activities for the children while they are at the church. 

To volunteer in Columbus, please click here.

Meal Sites and Times


St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church
2219 Summit St. Columbus Ohio 43201


June 13-August 19
Breakfast 9:00-10:00
Lunch 11:30-12:30

Questions/ Contact

Nathan Smith- Director FOCUS Columbus
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