The Center serves over 2,000 men, women and children every month.
The Choice Food Pantry provides a 3 day supply of food per person per month. Meat, dairy (milk, eggs and cheese), bread, staples, and fresh produce (in season) are typically available. Over 10,000 pounds of food are purchased from the Mid Ohio Food Bank and distributed every month.
Clothing is available for all ages (newborn to adult). Each person may take 25 articles per month. About 20,000 articles of clothing are distributed each month. All the clothing we give away is donate.
A playroom is available for children while their parents "shop." Each child can take home one toy per visit.
House wares are also available and family size dictates the amount that can be taken. All these items are donated as well.
Our award-winning garden was judged Best Garden of 2008 and has been selected for inclusion on the 2009 World Garden Tour by the Franklin County conservatory.
All offered services are without charge. Financial support is from individual and corporate funding plus Grants when available.
The Bishop Griffin Center
2875 East Livingston Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43209
Open for Donations:
Donations are accepted during open hours. To arrange for a different time to drop off donations, please call the Center at (614) 338-8220
Open for Clients
Every Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Every Friday 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bishop Griffin Center is a choice food pantry, where clients can choose among a variety of items to suit their family’s needs and preferences. Available food items are canned and boxed goods, meat, eggs, fresh produce, and bread and baked goods. Clients may shop once a month for a 3-day emergency supply of food.
In addition, each family may fill a large bag with clothing and household items from the free store on the premises.
In the summer, produce from the community garden is available. Interested clients may take vegetable plants home in the spring to start their own gardens.
The Bishop Griffin Center opened in November 2007 as a “special work” of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Our mission is to humbly serve and preserve the dignity of the needy among us: the homeless, the unemployed, and families in transition or in crisis. We seek the face of God, who is Love, through His people.
The Center serves those who live in 5 east/southeast Columbus zip codes: 43209, 43213, 43219, 43227, and 43232.
The Mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.