Central Ohio Nonprofits Ramp up to Fight Hunger in a Pandemic

Peter Tonguette
Staff and volunteers unpack crates of nonperishable food at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective.
Children's Hunger Alliance staff distribute food at a mobile meal stop.

Fighting Hunger, by the Numbers

  • Clients increased by 54 percent 
  • Number of meals served increased by 65 percent 
  • 25 percent of families served since March are first-time clients 
  • Pounds of food distributed increased by 20 percent 
  • 10,000 meals served to affected hospitality workers 
  • Summer feeding sites went from four in 2019 to over 50 this year

National Guard members were deployed to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective to supplement a diminished volunteer force during the pandemic.