Mobile Produce Markets Are Offering Free Produce To Families In Need Around Columbus

Columbus Recreation and Parks, Columbus City Schools, and the Mid-Ohio Food Collective are teaming up to bring fresh produce to families in need around the city.

The Mobile Produce Markets will offer boxes of free produce to families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays throughout May. The amount of fresh produce distributed to each eligible family (200% or below of the Federal Poverty Level) is approximately a one week supply based on the family size.

To ensure the safety of residents and volunteers, Mobile Produce Markets are set up as a drive-thru and staffed by volunteers wearing masks and gloves who load the produce directly into the trunk or car.

The collaboration was formed to provide free access to nutritious produce during the COVID-19 pandemic and to help stem the negative impacts of food insecurity on Columbus’ most vulnerable families. In addition to the produce boxes, the Mobile Produce Markets will also be serving free meals to children.

The following Mobile Produce Markets are scheduled at select Columbus City Schools.

Tuesday, May 19
West High School, 179 S Powell Ave.
Wedgewood Middle School, 3800 Briggs Rd.

Wednesday, May 20
Linden McKinley High School, 1320 Duxberry Ave.
Columbus Africentric, 3223 Allegheny Ave.

Thursday, May 21
Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Rd.
Woodward Park Middle School, 5151 Karl Rd.

Friday, May 22
Dominion Middle School, 330 E Dominion Blvd.

Tuesday, May 26
Starling Pre K-8, 145 S Central Ave.
Buckeye Middle School, 2950 S Parsons Ave.

Wednesday, May 27
Sherwood Middle School, 1400 Shady Lane Rd.
Independence High School, 5175 E. Refugee Rd.

Thursday, May 28
Columbus Global Academy, 4077 Karl Rd.
Mifflin High School, 3245 Oak Spring St.

Friday, May 29
South High School, 1160 Ann St.
East High School, 1500 East Broad St.

The Mobile Produce Market will continue throughout June. Additional information on Mobile Produce Markets and free summer meal programs can be found at www.GoLunch.club.

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