Due to the pandemic and to keep all involved safe, the Cardington Community Food Pantry has changed pantry procedures, effectively immediately, from shopping in the pantry to making available pre-boxed food items.
Registration will be completed outside and boxes will be loaded into vehicles or given to those who walk-in. Please remain in your vehicle or on stand on the sidewalk staying 6 feet apart. For the safety and health of everyone, we do ask that you refrain from coming to the pantry if you have any symptoms of illness. If you live in the Cardington School district, arrangements will be attempted for home delivery. Please send an email to email@example.com if you need immediate assistance.
Per the instructions and guidelines from the US Surgeon General and the Ohio Department of Health, the Pantry is limiting workers to only 10 or less. Healthy and younger volunteers are needed during Wednesday pantry hours and will need at least 5, but no more than 10 to prepack boxes as well. Boxes are also needed. If you would like to volunteer or can provide boxes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How often can I shop? Families may visit once per month during the regular Wednesday hours from 9:00 am to noon. To avoid long lines we ask that you shop as per the schedule below, if possible.
If your last name begins with: A – G Shop the 1st Wednesday of the month H – L Shop the 2nd Wednesday of the month M – R Shop the 3rd Wednesday of the month S – Z Shop the 4th Wednesday of the month Closed 5th Wednesday of the month, with the exception of January 29, 2020.
Please note Pantry will be CLOSED on the following dates: 2020: April 29, July 29, September 30, November 25, and December 30 Also, if Morrow County is under a level 2 or 3 weather emergency, the Pantry will be closed.
Produce Market Dates for 2020: Open to all families in Central Ohio who meet the household eligibilty guidelines, Produce Market days will be held at the Cardington First United Methodist Church, 300 S. Marion St.on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please park in the rear of the church and enter in the side sanctuary door.
February 11 March 10 April 14 May 12 June 9 July 14 August 11 September 8 October 13 November 10 December 8
A written proxy note is required to pick up produce for another family. The note must have the signature of the person requesting the pick up, his/her address and phone number so that we can verify the request. The note must have the number and ages of the family members: Seniors___ Adults___Children___. See sample proxy letter that you can download and print to use.
How do I qualify to get food? The Pantry serves families who live in Morrow County or live in the Cardington School District in Marion County. The Free Produce Markets serve families who live anywhere in Central Ohio.
Families must certify that their income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty guidelines. See the chart below:
Household Eligibility Guidelines Effective July 1, 2018
What documents do I need to bring when I visit the food pantry? You will need to verify that your household resides in the area served by this organization by providing a copy one of the following:
some type of I.D. verifying your residency
Is there a cost to shop at the pantry? No, there is no cost for the food we provide to hungry families we serve.
How do I shop? We utilize wonderful volunteers to assist as you come through the pantry. Through our signage and volunteers, we advise about what foods are available. Our volunteers also can push shopping carts and take your bags to your vehicle for those who need a little extra assistance.
Can I visit other food pantries in the local area? Yes, you can shop at other food pantries in the area per their guidelines.
Need a ride to the food pantry? The Morrow County Area Transit service is available for your convenience. Please visit their website to learn how to schedule the service.
Have a question? Contact the Cardington Food Pantry at 1-419-408-4201 or email email@example.com. You can also find us on Facebook at "Cardington Community Food Pantry."
Right to Refuse Service Policy In order to maintain a high standard of service and provide a safe work environment for our volunteers and patron families, this Food Pantry reserves the right to refuse or discontinue service to food pantry patrons. Service may be denied to any patron who acts inappropriately by disrupting the normal provision of services or if a patron’s behavior or environment threatens the safety of the Food Pantry’s volunteers or patron families.
Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:
Unreasonable demands for service
Threatening or erratic behavior
Misrepresentation for the need of service
Inappropriate physical contact
Personally, threatening and offensive language or behavior
Any Food Pantry volunteer can exercise the right to refuse service when confronted by a patron acting inappropriately or when facing an unsafe situation. They will notify their supervisor or team leader of the situation immediately.
For full non-discrimination policy, which this Food Pantry abides by, please review full statement here.
This pantry is an equal opportunity organization.
Cardington community food Pantry
Located at Cardington First United Methodist Church 300 S. Marion St Cardington, Ohio 43315 1-419-408-4201 firstname.lastname@example.org