Food Office


Mobile Produce Markets

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department offers Free Mobile Produce Markets throughout the year. The markets are set up as a drive-thru and staffed by volunteers wearing masks and gloves who load the produce directly into your trunk or car.

Free Mobile Produce Markets take place at the following community centers now through December. Note that the schedule may change due to holidays – check back for updates! Distribution at all sites begins at 3 p.m. and runs while supplies last.

First Friday: Marion Franklin and Scioto Southland
Second Thursday: Dodge and Holton
Second Friday: Barnett and Far East
 Third Thursday: Tuttle and Linden
Third Friday: Beatty and Adams
 Fourth Thursday: Feddersen, Howard

If there’s not a site in your area, visit to find a resource near you.

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Volunteer at a Market!

Join us as a Produce Market Volunteer! You’ll help to prep and pack produce in reusable grocery bags for community members. Volunteers are needed at each market.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Mobile Produce Market work?

Both walk-in and drive-thru options are available. All of our staff members and volunteers wear a mask, and will load the produce into the trunk of your car.

What do I need to bring? Do I qualify?

No tax information or identification is required.

The amount of fresh produce distributed to each eligible family (200% or below of the Federal Poverty Level*) is approximately a one-week supply based on the family size. You will not need to verify this information at the Mobile Produce Market. Unsure if you and your family qualify?  Please reference the annual income amounts below.

Family Size: Annual Income

1: $25, 520
2: $34,480
3: $43,440
4: $52,400
5: $61,360
6: $70,320

What if I can't get there right at 3 p.m.?

Distribution begins at 3 p.m. and runs while supplies last. We recommend getting there as soon as the Mobile Produce Market begins.

Where does the produce come from?

We are thankful for our partner, Mid-Ohio Food Collective (MOFC)! All produce is delivered by MOFC and distributed throughout our community centers.

Why is there not a Mobile Produce Market closer to me?

Our Mobile Produce Markets happen in areas that are identified to have high-need and have a community center, which is used for distribution.

If we don’t have a location close to you, visit and enter your ZIP code to find locations hosted by other community partners.

I don't need produce. Is there another way to get involved? How can I help?

There are several way that you can help Columbus Recreation and Parks healthy produce to deserving families. You can sign up to volunteer at one of our distribution sites, and you can support us by joining our email list.

Subscribe now to receive email alerts to be notified about our schedule and help out by picking up food items and distributing to families that can use the support.

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Families in need can call 866-3-HUNGRY (Español: 877-8-HAMBRE) or text 914-342-7744 with a question that contains a keyword such as “food,” “summer,” “meals,” etc. “Food” to 877-877, and receive a text back that will show free meal sites closest to them.

Our Summer Food Program, Go, Lunch!, offers free, nutritionally balanced meals during the Summer months at our community recreation centers along with other various locations (Dates and times may vary).

Last summer, more than 245,000 meals were served in the Columbus area. These meals are served to anyone between the ages of 1-18. Meals are also available for anyone ages 18-21 who have been determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and involved in an independent education program. Our (downloadable) Summer Food information can be found here: EnglishSpanish & Somali.

The 2022 Columbus Recreation and Parks Summer Lunch Program Site Application are now closed.

For information about hosting a Go, Lunch! Summer Food Service site please email

Contact Us

After School Meals

Many of our community centers provide afterschool meals for children up through high school seniors.  These meals are sponsored by Children’s Hunger Alliance and free for all participants.

Please reach out to your local community center for more information.

Senior Food Program

Senior Food Boxes are available for pick-up 1-2 times per month from Dodge and Thompson Community Centers.  Sign-up is required. Please call these sites for more information on eligibility.

Dodge: 667 Sullivant Avenue,  43215 | 614-645-3176
Thompson: 1189 Dennison Ave. 43201 | 614-645-3082

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.