The Columbus Foundation’s Great Needs Challenge
The Columbus Foundation’s Great Needs Challenge was created to address urgent needs and support seven local nonprofit organizations that provide basic needs services to tens of thousands of central Ohioans every year.
In an extraordinary outpouring of generosity, Columbus Foundation donors and members of the community responded to the Challenge, and in less than a month surpassed $1.9 million in gifts to The Columbus Foundation’s Great Needs Challenge. The Governing Committee approved an initial matching pool of $500,000 to support the effort, and an additional $100,000 in matching funds were made available for the public match, including a $25,000 gift from the William H. Davis, Dorothy M. Davis and William C. Davis Foundation. For every one dollar contributed, fifty cents was added, until the match was exhausted.
Support Participating Nonprofits:
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
Primarily serving the downtown and near east side areas, this choice food pantry is open five days a week, offering afterschool snacks, grab-and go summer lunches for children during the summer, and healthy recipes. Clients may come once per month, and a second time only to receive fresh produce and bread. Total persons served from January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012 was 17,031.
Total Raised: $23,849.53
Community Kitchen offers a free, hot nutritious breakfast and lunch six days a week at main site on South Ohio Ave. and lunch five days a week at its satellite site at 453 North 20th St. It primarily serves the Near East Side and the Near South Side, however anyone is welcome. Other services include bus passes for medical appointments and new employment, personal care bags for toiletries, health screenings, and assistance with completing forms and requirements for other social service agencies. Community Kitchen served 70,761 individuals from January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Total Raised: $6,799.53
The Community Kitchen at Faith Mission serves three meals each day, every day of the year to anyone in need in the community. It doesn’t request demographic information and attempts to remove all barriers between the person in need and food. Other services include three emergency homeless shelters with a capacity for 262 adults. Faith Mission served 312,351 individuals from January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Total Raised: $38,369.00
Gladden Community House
Gladden Community House, a three-day supply choice food pantry, provides 200 food baskets that are delivered each month to homebound seniors and disabled residents. In addition, it provides education and recreational programs, emergency assistance, and advocacy and support for almost 10,000 community individuals, families, and groups each year. Gladden Community House serves Franklinton, the Southwest community, south of Franklinton to Frank Road; and the eastern most part of the Hilltop community west of Franklinton to Highland Avenue. It served 28,207 individuals from January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Total Raised: $15,408
Holy Family Church
Holy Family Church operates a full hot meal soup kitchen for lunch Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and its food pantry is open from 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mt. Carmel Outreach provides medical screenings each Thursday and Job and Family Services works with the organization twice a week to help people get food stamps, Medicaid, HEAP, Golden Buckeye cards, prescription aid, and Medicare Premium. It served 129,125 Franklin County residents from Janaury 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Total Raised: $25,242.53
Lutheran Social Services
Each family may visit one of Lutheran Social Services’ pantries up to two times each month. By focusing on choice within the USDA food groups, it hopes to educate and reinforce the importance of proper nutrition to improve our neighbors’ and our community’s health. The Ohio Benefit Bank provides easy access to a wide range of programs including food stamps and health insurance.
Lutheran Social Services served 106,023 Franklin County residents from January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Total Raised: $26,201
Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program (NNEMAP)
NNEMAP’s basic goal is to provide a six-day supply of food per month to qualifying individuals and families residing in the postal zip codes 43201, 43211, and 43215. Clients may visit the pantry twice each month to receive a three-day supply of food. Its primary focus of improving the nutritional offering for all of its clients continues to grow. Approximately 10 percent of them are homeless and 1/3 are new. Since most do not have access to cooking or refrigeration, it provides homeless emergency kits. Complete with items that have pop-top lids, these bags are full of items that can be eaten as they are packaged. This choice food pantry served 17,956 individuals from January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Total Raised: $6,519.06
St. Stephen’s Community House
St. Stephen’s Community House primarily serves residents of Greater Linden, but no one is ever turned away. It provides a wide range of family and community supports meeting the needs of children, youth, families, and seniors. A childcare center is located on-site. Also, The Ohio Benefit Bank is offered. St. Stephen’s Community House served 16,500 individuals from January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Total Raised: $14,312.53
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Material Assistance Program helps low-income individuals and families living in Franklin County who are experiencing a financial crisis or lacking a basic need. The organization operates five choice food pantries in central Ohio, providing a three-day supply of food for the entire household, every 30 days if needed. The program also provides assistance in the form of food, clothing, furniture, and utility assistance and/or rental assistance. Total residents served from January 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012 was 17,215.
Total Raised: $25,327
Mid-Ohio Foodbank feeds hungry people by providing food and grocery products to a network of agencies in Franklin County, along with 19 additional counties in central and eastern Ohio, which distribute food directly to individuals and families in need. As demand for food assistance continues to grow, our community supported Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s distribution of 45 million pounds of food over the past twelve months—enough to provide 101,700 meals to children, seniors and families in need every day. It serves 280 agencies in Franklin County.