Food and Public Transportation
Community Resources Update
CONTACT WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS Keeping in contact is helpful and supportive but should only be done with social distancing, by phone or through social media unless absolutely necessary (such as delivering groceries or prescriptions).
If you are not feeling well, CALL your doctor. DO NOT GO to the DOCTOR’S OFFICE, URGENT CARE or the EMERGENCY ROOM. Follow the information given by your doctor during the call.
CLEANING HARD SURFACES like kitchen counters, desks, stove tops, or handles on refrigerator in your home is very important. If possible, use a solution that contains bleach or alcohol. You should also wipe down your keyboard, phone and other devices.
FOOD for school aged children: Grab and Go meals are available for school aged children from various resources. Please check the ETSS website (ethiotss.org) for locations.
BUS SERVICE, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION is very limited. You can check the COTA website for more info
MOST BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS, BANKS are CLOSED.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: The easiest way to file for unemployment is via the internet (unemployment.ohio.gov). Be sure your claim includes the number 2000180 as this places your claim for rapid response.
AMBER ALERT is issued by a police department/government agency to let the community know that a child has been abducted and alerting them to any information that would help identify the child or the abductor. You only need to contact the authorities if you see the child or vehicle.
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Health and Safety
Free Produce Market
The Clinton Township Community Health Action Team (CHAT) is hosting their monthly produce distribution tomorrow, March 27th from 5-7pm at the Northern Lights Library (4093 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43224). We will be implementing a “No-touch” distribution, having residents drive up for produce to be put in their vehicles. A table with prepackaged produce will also be available for those who walk or bike. All are welcome!
Childrens Hunger Alliance Free Food
Beginning Monday, March 23, Children's Hunger Alliance staff will be distributing ready-to-eat meals at three Columbus Metropolitan Library branches. Children 18 and under will be able to pick up two ready-to-eat meals to take home, at no charge.
The grab-and-go meals will be served in the parking lots of the following locations:
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Whitehall Branch, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Barnett Branch, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Northern Lights Branch, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30pm.
During this time of uncertainty surrounding what is now termed the COVID-19 pandemic, ETSS wants to assure you that the safety and well-being of our staff, clients and students is our highest priority. We have been and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
All program sites and the main office are closed until further notice.
Please continue to check our Facebook and this website to further updates. We will update as more information on COVID-19 comes to us.
Please do all you can to make sure you and your loved ones remain healthy!
The Governor's stay at home order has been extended through May 1.
COTA: How to get to your Local Food Pantry:
The following information is provided by Franklin County to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe. Click the buttons below to open a PDF link.
ETSS Covid-19 Response
Free School Breakfast/Lunch for students under the age of 18:
Columbus City School Meal Sites:
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The Neighborhood Social Work team at Columbus Public Health has put together an extensive list of community resources.
COTA: How to get to your CCS Mealsite:
COVID-19 UPDATE(updated 3/23/20 4:45pm)
STAY AY HOME ORDER: Everyone living in Ohio is ordered to stay at their place of residence. This order goes into effect Monday, March 23 at 11:59 PM and will last until at least Monday, April 6. You should stay in your home and only go out for a limited time to the grocery, pharmacy, gasoline station or to take care of family or neighbors. Individuals can also take a walk as long as they practice SOCIAL DISTANCING.
SOCIAL DISTANCING means always staying at least 6 feet from other individuals to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is particularly important when outside of your home.
NO GROUP ACTIVITIES. Gatherings of people in groups should not happen as it increases the possibility of transferring the virus between people. In the case of funerals or weddings, small numbers of people may come together if they practice social distancing, covering coughs/sneezes and washing their hands. MOST PLACES OF WORSHIP ARE CLOSED. However, you may be able to access services on your phone, internet, television or radio.
FREQUENTLY WASHING YOUR HANDS and DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water helps prevent the spread of the virus. Additionally, do not touch your face as this could allow the virus to spread. Use hand sanitizer.
COVER YOUR COUGH AND YOUR SNEEZES. You should cough into the elbow section of your sleeve and cover your sneezes with your arm or a clean tissue that you then dispose of immediately.