Through its Food Folks program—a comprehensive nutrition education series—Children's Hunger Alliance teaches children from low-income families about the importance of a nutritional breakfast, better fast-food options, and understanding nutrition labels. Kids get to enjoy healthy snacks in each lesson, and learn to cook their own healthy food. The series also includes a Family Night, where students get to flex their new skills by preparing a healthy meal for their families. On average, more than 85% of participants demonstrate improvement in their nutritional knowledge during the 12-week series, according to surveys taken before and after the program is completed.
The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks (OASHF) represents Ohio's 12 food banks and its food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Through its Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, OASHF purchases surplus produce and other agricultural products from local farmers and growers and distributes the fresh fruit and vegetables to families in need through its emergency food-assistance network. Additionally, through the Ohio Food Purchase Program, OASHF purchases protein-packed food—items that are typically more expensive and rare in local food drives—at significantly reduced rates, helping to ensure the families it serves receives nutritious, balanced meals.
Community Shelter Board (CSB) combats homelessness in Franklin County by working to identify and help solve the root problems that serve as barriers to securing stable housing. More than 8,000 adults and children facing homelessness each year seek assistance from the organization's emergency shelters, housing services, and supportive housing, and the organization doesn't turn away those requesting boarding. In addition to providing emergency shelter for adults and children in need, the organization provides free access to advocates, case managers, utilities, and supplies.
Since 1996, PetPromise's founders and network of volunteers have been rescuing and finding homes for stray cats and dogs. Along with rescuing stray animals from the streets and local shelters, the no-kill animal-welfare organization spays or neuters feral cats or pets whose owners need financial assistance. PetPromise also is in the process of creating an animal-care and adoption center to serve as a home-like sanctuary for animals as they await adoption.
HFF places family groups in separate apartment units to minimize the stress of acquiring permanent housing for young children. Last year, 139 children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years and their families moved into HFF housing, and few arrive with their own furniture. HFF aims to distribute pack n' play cribs to families in its transitional housing program to provide a safe environment for young children to sleep and play.
House of Hope provides residential services for reduced charges, so men living at the house can save money for permanent housing after completing their recovery programs. Currently, House of Hope only has 11 beds, and must place many prospective residents on a waiting list until a bed is available. House of Hope would like to expand its Sober House with five more beds.