The LSS Network of Hope offers a continuum of services to meet basic needs in our community. From homeless shelters to senior living, we are here to help.
If we do not offer a program to meet your needs, please call your local information and referral agency by dialing 2-1-1.
Please note: we are unable to offer monetary or rental assistance.
For those seeking shelter in Franklin County, there is a Homeless Hotline for single adults and families (adults with children). You must call 614-274-7000 to be assigned a bed. The hotline is available 24/7.
For those seeking shelter in Fairfield County, call LSS Faith Mission of Fairfield County at 740-653-2265.
If you are seeking shelter from an abusive intimate partner relationship in Franklin County, call the LSS CHOICES 24-hour crisis hotline at 614-224-4663 (HOME). You can only be admitted to the shelter by calling this number.
If you need groceries, please contact the appropriate location below to obtain a referral to a food pantry.
- Franklin and Delaware County residents do not need a referral. Just visit www.lssfoodpantries.org, register, place an order and make a pickup appointment.
- Fairfield County residents call (740) 687-0500
- For Caldwell and Southeast Ohio mobile food pantries, call (877) 704-3663. Referrals to the mobile pantry can be made one week prior to its visitation date.
Clients must bring ID as well as an ID for every member of their household.
For adults, photo IDs (Driver’s License or state ID) are accepted. For children, birth certificates, Social Security cards, insurance cards or school IDs are accepted.
If you do not have internet access or would like to place your order over the phone, please call the Help Desk at 877-LSS-MEAL. Volunteers will be available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Otherwise you may leave a message, and we will get back with you. PLEASE NOTE: the Help Desk will be closed April 6 through April 12.
COVID-19 Update: As of 3/19/20, the Community Kitchen will be closed to the public.
If you are in need of a free meal in Columbus, please join us at the Faith Mission Community Kitchen (245 N. Grant Ave.) during the following times.
Men – 6:30 – 7:15 (8:30 – 9:30 on weekends and holidays)
Women and families – 7:30 – 8:15
Women and families – 11:30 – 12:15
Men – 12:30 – 1:30
Women and families – 5:30 – 6:15
Men – 6:30-7:30
No ID or proof of need is required.
If you are in Franklin County, call LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence 24-hour crisis and information hotline at 614-224-4663 (HOME). You can only be admitted to the shelter by calling this number.
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