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We understand that the unprecedented set of circumstances caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency have brought about many challenges and hardships for residents in our city. Columbus Recreation and Parks continues to be a resource for children, families, adults and seniors and is sharing the information below to help you and your family navigate through this difficult time.

FOOD

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Columbus City Schools Columbus City Schools is providing free meals for all children ages 18 and under, at locations throughout the city. Find out more about locations and hours here.

Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Mid-Ohio Food Collective Mid-Ohio Foodbank supplies food to food pantries throughout Franklin County, where you can get produce, dried goods and more for your family at no charge. Click here to see the list of Food Pantries in Franklin County.

EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT

Many resources are available for families looking for activities to keep their children active and engaged, from books to arts and crafts to educational videos. Below are some terrific options for families with children of all ages, from preschool through 12th grade.

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Columbus City Schools Columbus City Schools has an Academic Resources page on their website, to provide families with options for children who are at home right now. This page even includes information for English as a Second Language (ESL), Gifted and Talented and Special Education students.  Click here to find out more.

COSI Science Museum

COSI Science Museum Columbus’ own COSI Science Museum offers COSI Connects, with fantastic science learning and activities for all ages. Click here for more information.

TRANSPORTATION

COTA

COTA COTA is offering free bus rides to all riders during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Suspending fares will help students and families access Columbus City Schools’ free "Grab-and-Go" food sites, and will also help anyone who may not be able to pay fares due to tighter budgets or unexpected unemployment. Suspension of fares will continue for the foreseeable future. All riders are being asked to enter the busses through the rear doors to maintain social distancing. Customers who need to use a ramp will still be able to enter through the front door. Click here for more information.

CHILD CARE

Action for Children

Action for Children Action for Children has a comprehensive listing for more than 1,600 child care providers in Central Ohio who are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services or the Department of Education. Contact Action for Children's Information and Referral team at 614-224-0222, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. or email the team at childcareresources@actionforchildren.org.  Click here for more information.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Columbus Recreation and Parks is working with many of our community's non-profit, social service and business partners to assist families secure access to essential goods and services throughout this public health crisis. Many organizations are in need of volunteers to support their efforts. If you, your family member or your organization would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact the entities below directly:

BESA Be The Good

Besa Besa connects people with local charities - from food pantries and community gardens to homeless shelters and diaper banks. With your help, we provide support to those who need it most. Click here for more information.

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Columbus City Schools

Columbus City Schools is providing regular updates on information for students and families, including online access to academic activities, a listing of community resources, and locations of “Grab-and-Go” sites for free breakfasts and lunches for ALL children 18 years old and under. Visit www.ccsoh.us/covid19 for more information.

To volunteer with Columbus City Schools Food Service, please complete this online form: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/7564

 

Emergency Response Fund

Columbus Foundation Emergency Response Fund

Columbus Foundation Emergency Response Fund assists nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so. Nonprofits seeking assistance may apply here.

 

Lifecare Alliance

LIFECARE ALLIANCE MEALS-ON-WHEELS DELIVERY DRIVERS Lifecare Alliance needs assistance with delivering for its Meals on Wheels program. If you are interested in volunteering, there will be daily trainings. For more information, and to schedule your training, you may call the volunteer hotline at 614-437-MEAL(6325). You may also email the Lifecare Alliance team members, Pauli Tice (ptice@lifecarealliance.org), Stephanie Hughes (shughes@lifecarealliance.org) or Marissa Deerwester (mdeerwester@lifecarealliance.org).

Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Mid-Ohio Food Collective There is a significant need for volunteers to support multiple service opportunities. To browse for projects and register, please click here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Office of the Mayor

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our community, the City of Columbus has compiled a comprehensive page of resources for human services, businesses, volunteer opportunities and online recreation options.  Visit https://www.columbus.gov/covid19resources/ for more information.

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Dial 3-1-1 Dial 3-1-1 to access the City of Columbus Service Center for help with requesting non-emergency City services. You can also call 614-645-3111 or click here to visit the website.

Cap4Kids

CAP4Kids CAP4Kids provides a listing of many community agencies who are committed to serving children and families, with helpful information about child care, food assistance, immigration/ESOL, legal and financial assistance, medical conditions or supplies, safety and shelters. Click here for more information.

Hands On Central Ohio

HandsOn Central Ohio HandsOn Central Ohio provides easy, immediate access to thousands of programs and services available at a range of nonprofit, government and healthcare organizations across Central Ohio. You can call 2-1-1 (614-221-2255) or visit www.211centralohio.org to get information on how you can get help with adult care, emergency food or clothing, health care, housing and utility assistance and mental health and counseling resources.

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children's Hospital Nationwide Children's Hospital can connect you with doctors and health services across the city. Click here for more information or call 614-722-2000.