Stay-at-Home Order – Governor Dewine and Ohio Department of Health have ordered that people stay at home starting 3/23 at midnight until 4/6 at midnight unless you are engaged in essential activity
Text COVID19FC to 888-777 for COVID-19 Updates from Franklin County Emergency Services.
Accessing Shelter – If you are in-need of housing, please call the Homeless Hotline at 614-274-7000
Franklin County Jobs & Family Services PRC Emergency Assistance Program – Call 1-844-640-6446 to provides one-time financial assistance for rent/utility help
AEP – Temporarily suspending disconnection for non-payment
Columbia Gas – Temporarily suspending shut-offs for non-payment
Free Internet through Spectrum/Charter – Offering free access for 60 days to K-12 & College students – Call 1-844-488-8395
Free Internet through Comcast/Xfinity – Offering two free months of internet
City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities – Temporarily suspending disconnection for non-payment
Unemployment Benefits – File through Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
Columbus Foundation – Funding for non-profits during the emergency response fund
Ohio Means Jobs – Postings for jobs available during COVID-19
IRS Tax Deadline – Extended until July 15th
Apply for Ohio Benefits – File for food, healthcare, childcare benefits
Courts – Updates about the Franklin County Municipal Courts, including Eviction Court hearings will not take place for at least the next eight weeks.
Legal Aid Society of Columbus – All Brief Advice Clinics are cancelled
Additional COVID-19 Specific Legal Aid Society of Columbus Resources – Including unemployment, assistance for small businesses
Free Meals through Schools
Columbus City Schools Free Lunch Sites – Any kids under the age of 18 will be able to pick-up to-go bags during breakfast and lunch at the locations listed (Westside Locations: West High School, Wedgewood Middle School and Starling Pre-K-8)
Southwestern City Schools – Food distribution schedule and locations
Changes to Franklin County & City of Columbus Services
Changes to 311 Services – Submit requests via email, through the website, app, or by voicemail at 614-645-3111 or 311
Columbus City Schools – CCS is closed through April 3rd – Updates regarding the schools during COVID-19
COTA – Rides are FREE. Enter the bus from the back, don’t sit next to other people, use the hand-sanitizer provided on the bus.
Department of Public Service – Delaying street-sweeping until mid-April, parking ticket appeals cancelled, 72-hour parking rule is not being enforced
Franklin County Children Services – Visitation has been suspended
Columbus Recreation & Parks – All Recreation Centers are closed through April 3rd
Columbus Metropolitan Libraries – All Libraries are closed until April 6th
Columbus Metropolitan Library Online Resources – Digital library access and other tools
Primary Voting – Polls are CLOSED on Tuesday, 3/17 due to an order from ODH. The Primary will be conducted all via mail and the ballots will be counted on April 28th. Request your ballot before April 25th. You can call 614-525-3100 to have a form sent to you if you don’t have a printer at home.
Central Ohio YMCA – Temporarily closing all locations
BMV Deputy Registrar – License agencies and Driver Examination services will be closed until further notice. The only office open in Central Ohio is at 4503 Kenny Road, Columbus 43220 and it is for Issuance of commercial driver licenses, or CDLs and Renewal of CDLs.
If you just need someone to talk to text “4HOPE” to 741741 and a mental health expert will reach out.
Holy Family Soup Kitchen – Offering to-go meals during the week at 9:30AM
Jordan’s Crossing Resource Center – Free hot lunches Monday through Friday starting at 11:30AM, to-go lunches offered weekdays from 10AM-4PM
Westside Free Store Ministries – To-go meals offered Mondays from 9:30-11AM, Thursdays 3-5PM, and Saturdays 11AM-1PM. If you are in need of emergency clothing you may make an appointment to shop by call us at 614-351-5480 and leave a message or make the appointment during food pick up.
Franklinton Farms Online Order – Pick-up in Franklinton or Worthington on Saturdays from 10AM-12PM, order by 3/26 at midnight
Gladden Community House – Food distribution being a 3-day emergency food supply handed out in the entrance of our food pantry, senior deliveries will continue as scheduled
Hilltop YMCA Produce Distribution – Every Wednesday in April in their parking lot from 4-6PM beginning April 1st. This will be a drive through operation. Please bring a valid photo ID.
Salvation Army Hilltop – Food pantry (Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri from 9AM-12PM); Produce (Wednesdays 9AM-12PM); Bag lunches (Wed and Fri 11AM-12PM)
Hilltop Community Worship Center – Providing meals Wednesday nights from 6-8 PM and Saturday afternoons from 1:30-3:30PM
Lower Lights Community Church of the Nazarene Pantry – Call 614-228-1262 to make an appointment to pick-up a box of food on Monday evenings (5-7PM) or Thursday mornings (9AM-12PM)
Senior Specific Options
Dollar General – Dedicating the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers
Aldi – Stores will open at 8:30 a.m on Tuesdays & Thursday for only vulnerable shoppers (senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns).
Friendly Phone Line at 614-993-3614 is available to older adults in greater Columbus who are looking for friendly conversation and social connection
Gladden House: Helping People Manage COVID-19 Related Hardships
You can include in the notes section the name of the program you would like your support to go towards, or you can simply support the overall mission of Gladden and leave that section blank. The two prioritized programs in response to the COVID-19 are housing/utility assistance, or food pantry.