Monthly Distributions

In addition to our weekly Choice Pantry, every second Saturday per month we provide a distribution of fresh, non-perishable, prepared and specialty foods to families in our community. Eligible residents can join Saturday distributions in addition to the weekly Choice Pantry. Hours for Saturday distributions are from 10:30 am-12:30 pm.

We also provide a Summer Fresh Produce Distribution the third Tuesday of the month from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm outside the Depot by OCS from July-October.


Saturday Distribution

At this distribution, we offer a wide variety of foods, including fresh produce, non-perishable items, refrigerated or frozen items and pre-prepared foods, as well as some specialty items.

Saturday distribution dates and times 2018

Saturday distributions are held the second Saturday of every month. Dates for 2018 are January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 8 August 12, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8. There is a cooking demo in the morning in the Depot from 9:30 am-10:30 am and a Plant-a-Row workshop at 10:00 am before distribution begins. If you would like the distribution food but cannot make it on Saturday morning, and if you live in JFO or Concord, you can get a pre-packed bag of food delivered to your door on Friday afternoon before distribution between 3:00-5:00 pm. Ask us for more information.

Volunteer help

We need volunteers from 8:30 am-12:00 pm and 11:00 am-2:00 pm. You are welcome to volunteer and get food but if you would like to do both, you must arrive before 9:00 am.


Summer Fresh Produce Distribution

At our Summer Distribution, we offer a variety of fresh summer produce such as greens, watermelon, corn, squash and more. You may walk through and choose, or drive through and get a pre-packed bag put directly in your car.

Summer Fresh Produce distribution dates 2018

Summer Distributions are held outside the Depot by OCS on the third Tuesday of the month from July-October. Hours are 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.

Volunteer help

We need volunteers from 1:00-4:00 pm and 4:00-7:00 pm.

Eligibility for Saturday and summer distributions

To use the distributions, you can live anywhere in Lorain County. You will need to provide a photo ID. To be eligible, your income must be 200% of the poverty level or less. All of your information will be kept private and confidential. If you can't get to the pantry, you are welcome to send someone else, but you will need to fill out a proxy form authorizing them.


Our Food Programs Coordinator is Hannah Rosenberg:

For volunteering information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinators, Rosa Gadsden,