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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I qualify for services?

The Food Pantry Network of Licking County serves qualifying residents in Licking County at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

What do I need to bring on my first visit?

Each qualifying household must provide a photo ID and proof of residency in Licking County.

How often can I visit the food pantry?

Each qualifying household is allowed 15 visits per calendar year (includes one visit per month and three emergency visits). We also have weekly produce markets for fresh produce, an open pantry for emergencies, and a soup shelter offering three meals a day, seven days a week.

Where do I pick up food for my family?

Food is distributed at 20 food pantries and weekly produce markets during the hours listed for each location.

Do you deliver food to households?

We do not offer food delivery service.

Is your produce market open?

We are closed the day after Monday holidays and for inclement weather due to road conditions. Holidays are posted ahead of time; otherwise, we will be open. View our hours on our website.

Is it better to donate food or money to the food pantry?

We are grateful for all donations. However, if you can give monetarily, the Food Pantry Network of Licking County can purchase food at very low costs. For every $1 donated, we can purchase $11 worth of food! 

What kind of food do you need?

Kid-friendly snacks and easy-to-open containers. Some ideas include canned soups and stews, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, and macaroni and cheese.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

Anyone can show up and help volunteer on Tuesday and Thursday at the Produce Market. For a local pantry volunteering opportunity, we can help you find your nearest pantry. Event volunteers are needed. Group volunteer options are available on an as-needed basis. Contact alyssa@foodpantrynetwork.net for more information about group volunteer options.

I’m considering donating and want to know how my money will be used.

We have purchasing power like no other. Through a partnership with Mid-Ohio Food Collective, we can purchase food at $0.08 a pound. $.97 of every dollar donated goes towards programming to acquire and distribute food.

Are donations made to the Food Pantry Network of Licking County tax deductible?

Yes, Food Pantry Network of Licking County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations to us are tax-deductible. Our Tax ID Number is: 31-1028761. We suggest you speak to your tax advisor with specific questions.

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