HOPE IN ACTION
The mission of the PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington is “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.” The purpose of the organization is to provide emergency food assistance to income eligible clients (at or below 200% of Federal poverty guidelines) who reside within the boundaries of the Pickerington Local School District. The Pantry is organized exclusively for the charitable provision of food for the relief of the poor under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Food assistance is provided for households once per calendar month. The food pantry is a choice pantry, meaning that it operates much like a grocery store, where clients are given a list of categories from which they are free to choose whatever food they like to correspond with dietary restrictions and preferences. Each person in a household is given enough food to last the equivalent of 8 days, or 24 meals, to supplement the household’s food for the month. The food pantry makes an effort to provide nutritious food for clients, including fresh produce every week and occasionally recipes to help prepare food that clients are not familiar with. The vast majority of the food distributed from the Pantry is either purchased at a steep discount from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank using monetary funds donated to the Pantry, or donated by various sources around the community, including grocery stores, churches, and schools.
Clients of the PCMA Food Pantry make an appointment through the Fairfield County food pantry referral line (211 or 740-687-0500). The PCMA Food Pantry is open for clients, Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm, Thursday from 10 am-12 pm and Saturday from 10 am-12 pm. When a client arrives for his or her appointment, an ID for each member of the household requesting food assistance is required as well as a current utility bill proving he or she resides in the Pickerington Local School District. Once clients have signed a current Job and Family Services form, they are ready to shop. The Pantry will not turn anyone away in an emergency situation.
The Pantry has continued to see an increase in need for our services in 2014-15. The number of clients served continues to increase, and in October 2014, 195 households containing 650 people, received food assistance--a record month. This is just one of the many indicators of the continuing need for the Food Pantry in the Pickerington community.
Our clients are a diverse portrait of the Pickerington community, including young children, extended families, and senior citizens. Many unforeseen scenarios, including job loss, sickness or injury, can put a financial burden on households—it is with generous support that we can aid our neighbors in their time of need.
Thank you for supporting the PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington and our mission of “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope”.
.September 11, 2021
235 Diley Road
Pickerington, Ohio 43147
Peace United Methodist Church
GET RID OF ITEMS FROM HOME AND WORK. MAKE A DONATION TO HELP OUR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS IN NEED OF CLOTHING TO STAY WARM AND SAFE THIS WINTER!!
We will also collect donations of non-perishable food (and coats (as well as hats, scarves and gloves/mittens) to help PLSD students and other families in our community!!
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Thank you to everyone in our community who helped promote and participate in our 6th annual Shred, Food and Clothing drive which was held on September 12, 2020. Thanks to your amazing generosity, we collected several coats to donate to the children in our Pickerington Local School system as well as several bags of food and cash donations totaling $3,920.00 to donate to the PCMA Food Pantry to assist families in the Pickerington Community, a need which is greater than ever due to the pandemic. We are so grateful to our community for another successful year!
We sincerely apologize to those whose shredding donations could not be accepted after 11:30am. We rented the maximum number of trucks possible and collected more than what the trucks were supposed to accept. To protect your confidential information, donations could not be accepted which would not fit securely on the truck. We will certainly explore adjustments which can be made for next year's event.
Pickerington Shred it Day
670 Windmiller Dr.
Pickerington, OH 43147
10991 National Road
Pataskala, OH 43062