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Fairfield County has a population of 136,000, 92% Anglo and 8% persons of color. 33% have no faith committment.

The average household income is $54,000, with 8% living below the poverty line. 29% are single parents and 15% are college graduates. 

The largest town is Lancaster with a population of 58,000. 

Pickerington has a population of 35,000, 15% of which are persons of color. 

There are 20 United Methodist Churches in Fairfield County, 13 of which are small and rural. 

There are 4 UM churches in Lancaster and 3 in Pickerington.


Information & Referral cannot guarantee the clothing pantries will have the clothes you need or always be open during the above stated times. If you are in doubt, be sure to call ahead.


Community Action Agency
1743 East Main Street
1:00 – 3:30 pm Tues & Thurs 


St. Peters Lutheran Church
105 East Mulberry Street (across from Library)
12:30 – 3:00 pm Thursdays 
and 6:30 – 8:30 pm Thursdays 

Victory Center
211 Madison Avenue
10:00 – 3:00 Saturday  


Maple Street United Methodist Church Free Store

438 E Wheeling St, Lancaster OH 740- 687-6384

Wednesday 10 – noon

Thursday 6 – 8 pm






This list is supplied by:
Information and Referral Services of Fairfield County 
Now called: Fairfield County 211

It is also available at their website
You should take:
    Social Security Cards for all members of household
    Identification (Drivers License, State ID, etc.)

    Proof of income, if possible

2045 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 11 - 3, Thurs 11 - 7
Call Information & Referral for food referral at 687-0500
You can get food 2 (two) times per month

424 East Locust Street
Lancaster, OH 43130                
Program called "We care" for Fairfield County Residents on limited income
Call St. Vincent with request.  A home visit will be conducted including completing an application.  If you qualify, you can pick up a large tote with food each month or St. V will deliver, if needed.
1029 South Broad Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
Tues - Fri 9 - 3:30  Sat 9 - 12 (if emergency)
Call Information & Referral for referral at 687-0500
You can get food once every 30 (thirty) days
Corner of Broad and King Streets
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Only 4th (fourth) Saturday of every month only 9 - 11
1760 West Market Street
Baltimore, OH 43105
Must live in Baltimore or Thurston
Call Information & Referral for referral at 687-0500
You will be contacted for appointment time
You can get food once every 60 (sixty) days
Pleasantville United Methodist Church
112 Lincoln Ave
P.O. BOX 5847
Pleasantville, OH 43148  
Must live in Pleasantville
Only 3rd (third) Sat of every month 9 - 11
You can get food once per month
600 Hill Road North
Pickerington, OH 43147
Do not have an actual food pantry, but help with food, when needed.
Must live in Pickerington
141 E. Church Street
Amanda, OH 43102
Must live in Amanda School and/or Fire District
Only 3rd (third) Wednesday of every month 6 - 8 pm
You can get food once per month 

1743 East Main Street
P.O. Box 768
Lancaster, OH 43130                  
Mon - Fri 8 - 4:30
Call Information & Referral for food referral at 687-0500


You can get food once per month SALVATION ARMY
228 West Hubert Avenue  
P.O. Box 517
Lancaster, OH 43130                   
Mon - Fri  9:30-11:30am
Call Information & Referral for food referral at 687-0500

You can get food once every 30 (thirty) days LANCASTER VINEYARD
423 West Wheeling (AGAPE building)
Lancaster, OH 43130                    
Wed 5-6:30pm, Thurs 2-3:30pm
                                                                                                                                                           Call Information & Referral for referral at 687-0500 You can get food once per month


221 Madison Avenue
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
756-7563 (call if food needed other than Sat)
756-7434 (on Saturday only) Saturday 10 - 3
You can get food once per month
Mailing address:
Marvin Hughes
4420 Sugar Grove Road S.E.
Lancaster, OH 43130

BREMEN FOOD PANTRY               
Calvary United Methodist Church
124 Purvis Avenue
Bremen, OH 43107
Must live in Bremen
Call Information & Referral for referral at 687-0500
You will be contacted for appointment time
You can get food once every 30 (thirty) days


15 East Columbus Street (Old Library)
Pickerington, OH 43147   
Must live in Pickerington
Mon 6:30 - 8:30, Thurs 10 - 12, Sat 10 - 12
You can get food once per month

David's United Church of Christ
80 West Columbus Street
Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
614-470-2574 - voice mail - leave a message
You can get food once per month
Call for details

Eagle Rock Church

6810 Blacklick Eastern Rd, Pickerington, Ohio                                                                                                                                    

3rd Sat 10-noon

Walk in service once a month serving clients in Fairfield and Franlkin Counties


St. Marks Catholic Church

324 Gay St, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

704-653-1229  Thurs and Sat 11am-1pm


Millersport Food Pantry

Millersport UMC, 2310 Refugee St, Millersport, Oh 43046, open every Thurs evening plus last Sat. of the month


First United Methodist Church, High and Mulberry St, Lancaster, Ohio; Meals Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Maple Street United Methodist Church, Maple St, Lancaster, Ohio, Meals Wednesday

Mills Memorial United Methodist Church, Corner of Broad and Union St,, Meals Friday


For additional information contact Information and Referral of Fairfield County at 211

Fairfield County Emergency Shelter
Lutheran Social Services
1681 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
Contact:  Becky Longnecker
Office hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shelter Hours: Daily; 5:30 pm - 7:30 am 365 days a year.
The Fairfield County Emergency Shelter is a 24-bed facility for single adults.    Shelter services include a bed, shower, meals, laundry facilities, short-term case management and up to 30-day stay.
The Foundation Shelters
800 West Sixth Avenue
Lancaster, OH 43130
740-653-1960 or 740-503-2381
Contact: Ed Clum
Hours: Daily; Opens 8:00 pm during daylight savings time,   5:00 pm during the winter; closes 7:30 am, 365 days a year.
The Foundation Shelter is for homeless men, women, and families with children.  It is an overnight shelter only.  Call the above numbers for information. 

Lancaster-Fairfield County Community Action (CA)
Emergency Homeless Shelter
1743 East Main Street
PO Box 768
Lancaster, OH 43130
Contact: Carol Wagner
Community Action has an emergency shelter for eligible homeless families with children only - no single adults.  It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Lighthouse
PO Box 215
Lancaster, OH 43130
24-Hour Hotline: 740-687-4423
Contact: Bev Porter
The Lighthouse provides a safe, supportive environment for women or men and their children, when faced with domestic violence.  The Lighthouse is staffed 24 hours a day and will assist victims of domestic violence with referrals, housing assistance, and supportive services.



All of these OTHER agencies use volunteers:

United Way - 653-0643 (740)385-3536


American Red Cross - 687-5585


Big Brothers/Big Sisters - 687-9477


Camp Shining Sun/Rainbow 654-9521


Center For Disabilities & CP 653-5501


Vision Rehabilitation Center 687-4785


Volunteer Guardian Program 740- 215-1234 or 1-800-589-7277


Habitat for Humanity of Fairfield County 654-3434


Lancaster Jaycees 740-215-6835


Community Action Head Start 653-1305


Community Action Food Pantry 653-4146


Lancaster Fairfield Humane Society 687-0627


Lancaster Parks and Recreation 687-6651


Special Wish Foundation 687-4909


Olivedale Senior Center 687-6655


Lutheran Social Services 653-2012/653-2265


Fairfield Department of Health Clinics 653-4489


Meals On Wheels of Fairfield County 681-5050


Salvation Army 687-1921


The Lighthouse, Inc. 687-4423


West After School Center 653-5678


Eastside Center for Success 687-7197


Lancaster City Schools 687-7300


Fairfield County Board of DD 687-7244


Fairhope Hospice & Palliative Care 654-7077


Charity Newsies(740) 687-9469


Fairfield County 211