The Gahanna food pantry began in 1972 when Sarah and Jim Williams started the pantry in their own home. By 1978, Mifflin Presbyterian Church offered to house it for them. The pantry officially became GRIN in 1999, with the support of the Gahanna Ministerial Association and Rotary under the leadership of Sally Williams and Reverend Roger Wagner from Mifflin Presbyterian.
Today, GRIN is more than just a food pantry — it’s a community-wide, faith-based organization committed to helping the residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in a time of need with a “hand-up”. GRIN still provides food (by appointment), but offers a summer lunch club, provides assistance with diapers, utility/rent payments, school supplies for students, and holiday assistance, and even includes a free clothing store.
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It’s giving season once again in Gahanna — a time when individuals, communities, and organizations come together with a commitment to open their hearts to help those in need. And it’s in this spirit of sharing that some of Gahanna’s non-profits have partnered up to create this Gahanna Giving Store.
Whether you give to one organization or all of them equally, know that by contributing to this common cause, you’re making a difference for families in need right here in Gahanna.
By using the local hashtag #GiveToGahanna (in addition to the national hashtags #GiveLocal and #GivingTuesday) on social media, you'll be helping to bring awareness to our cause.