Neighborhood Services, Inc.
Assistance Programs

Choice Food Pantry

Neighbors may shop in the Choice Food Pantry and receive seven days of food. Residents living in zip codes 43201, 43202, 43210 and 43211 are eligible to receive food assistance one time each month. Other Franklin County residents are eligible to receive food once each year. 
To visit the Choice Food Pantry, neighbors must bring:

  • proof of address (a lease; a mortgage; or a current water, gas, or electric bill)
  • photo identification to verify their eligibility. Additionally, identification (a medical card or a birth certificate) for each child in the home is required.

Children’s Clothing Room

The Children’s Clothing Room distributes gently-used clothing to newborns and children up to age 12. Residents of Franklin County may visit the clothing room one time each month. Clothing hours are Wednesday & Thursday from 10:00 - 1:00.

When visiting the Children's Clothing Room, parents and guardians must bring proof of address (a lease; a mortgage; or a current water, gas, or electric bill) and photo identification to verify their eligibility. Additionally, identification (a medical card or a birth certificate) for each person in the home is required.

AARP Tax-Aide

NSI became an AARP Tax-Aide site in 2010. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service to answer the tax questions commonly asked by low- and moderate-income taxpayers and to help them prepare their taxes. We do not offer any cash assistance in any of our programs. 


Back to School

Neighborhood Services, Inc. collects and distributes backpacks, writing utensils, paper, calculators, pens, and other essentials that kids need for a productive school year to children in grades K-12.

NSI also offers a program that provides children that live in the service area with new clothing for school. Students who receive new outfits start their school year with an increased sense of self-esteem. Our service area are the following four zip codes 43201, 43202, 43210 and 43211.

Donors wishing to contribute to the school-clothing program receive a child's profile noting his or her specific sizes. Donors may also participate in the program by purchasing gift cards that students can use to show off their own style. 

Benefit Bank
The Benefit Bank helps neighbors research and apply for publicly-funded benefit pr such as food stamps, child care subsidies, medical benefits, and home energy assistance. Participants work with a trained Benefit Bank volunteer who works closely with a case manager from the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services to insure that applications are expedited. Our Benefit Bank site operates on an appointment-only basis. Call (614) 297-0592 to schedule as appointment. We do not offer any cash assistance in our programs.

Project Kringle

Through the generosity of many donors, Project Kringle provides toys and winter clothing to infants and children up to age 12. In 2013, NSI's Project Kringle program helped distribute toys to over 500 children who would not have received gifts during the holidays.
Please contact the office if you are interested in adopting a family or donating toys.

Holiday Food Boxes

Holiday Food Boxes, which includes a complete holiday meal, are available during Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas to families living in our service area and who register in advance. Holiday Food Boxes give families the opportunity to celebrate holidays with a quality meal that they otherwise would not be able to enjoy with loved ones. The Holiday Food Box program is available to residents living in zip codes 43201,43202, 43210 and 43211.

We do not offer any cash assistance in any of our programs.