Healthy Food Options for Families in Need
The LSS Food Pantries serve people in need by offering a source of nourishment to families who are food insecure. We enable families in 12 counties around Ohio to focus on other important aspects of life, like paying bills or finding employment. We do so by removing the immediate concern of hunger in a way that honors our clients’ dignity, offers hope and makes nutritious food more readily available to families and individuals who need it.
As part of the Lutheran Social Services’ Network of Hope, our mission is “to create a better world by serving people in need.” We live out our faith by providing nourishment and other resources to individuals and families in need.
At the LSS Food Pantries we offer the following services:
- Choice Food Pantry: We provide a choice food pantry model, empowering our clients to select their own food.
- LSS Mobile Food Pantry and Produce Distributions: We bring shelf-stable groceries and/or fresh produce directly to residents in need in 12 Ohio counties.
Daniel and Kelly’s Story
A job change for Daniel led him and his wife, Kelly, to the LSS Food Pantries. Their first trips involved visiting a LSS storefront pantry, but now they’ve made the transition to LSS’ new online ordering system. They appreciate the ease of the online system and the fact they don’t have to wait in line very long to pick up their order at a nearby parks and recreation center. Whatever the method though, they are grateful that with LSS’ help, they don’t have to choose between rent, electric and food. Kelly and Daniel and their two children, ages ten and seven, especially enjoy the LSS Food Pantries’ selection of fresh produce because otherwise they couldn’t afford to buy it in a grocery store. They say fresh produce makes cooking and eating healthy and easy.
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a United Way agency, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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