Provide a Meal


In 2005, YWCA Columbus responded to a community call to take over emergency shelter and services for families without homes. Many are working poor and unable to meet high housing costs; many are women raising children alone. The 50-room center offers these families safety and support, a place where they can get three healthy meals a day, and a warm, secure place to sleep.

There is no higher priority for us than the health, safety, and physical well-being of our visitors, the population we serve, and YWCA Columbus employees. In an effort to ensure the safety of volunteers, we have suspended all in-person volunteer opportunities until further notice. We rely on volunteers and donors 365 days a year to provide meals to homeless families staying at our Family Center. This saves the organization over $200,000 annually, and when there’s a crisis, this need is even more crucial.


Drop Off a Meal

Physically provide and drop off the meal for our kitchen staff to serve. Your group should expect to serve up to 185 people for breakfast/dinner and 50-120 for lunch. (Contact Naomi prior to purchasing food)

Sponsor a Meal

Financially sponsor a meal (or part of a meal) for our kitchen staff to prepare and serve for a donation of:
$300 for breakfast | $500 for lunch or dinner

Contribute to Part of a Meal

NEW! Community Night is an evening where the community comes together to donate a full meal for families. This takes place on the last day of the month (except for Dec). Shop our amazon wish list, drop off items or make a donation.

See Meal Guidelines

meal related calendars

see open meal dates see meal schedule


We're Here to Help!

Jessica Wichtman-Will

Director of Engagement

Contact Jessica for big volunteer ideas that you may not see listed on our website.
65 South Fourth St.
Columbus, OH 43015

Email Jessica

Naomi Merino

Volunteer & Donations Manager

Contact Naomi for general information or to schedule a volunteer opportunity.
YWCA Family Center
900 Harvey Ct.
Columbus, OH 43219

Email Naomi