Question: Can children in Gahanna and Westerville receive food assistance over weekends and breaks during the school year?

Answer: Yes. The Westerville Area Resource Ministry's Share Bac A Pac is the Westerville City School District's biggest food insecurities program. It provides healthy foods and snacks to children who are at risk of hunger on weekends and school breaks when free and reduced meals aren't available. A schedule for the food pantry in Gahanna can be found at

Question: Is food assistance available for children though the free and reduced-price lunch programs only during the school year?

Answer: No. Food-assistance programs are available throughout the summer via Westerville Area Resource Ministry's Kids Lunch Club and Gahanna Residents In Need Summer Lunch Club.

Question: Is Gahanna Residents In Need's Summer Lunch Club exclusively for children?

Answer: No. The free program is open to Gahanna residents of all ages who are in need of food.

Question: What percentages of the student populations in Gahanna and Westerville qualify for free and reduced-price lunches?

Answer: At the end of the last academic year, 36%, or 5,400 of the Westerville school district's students were eligible for them in April. Within the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools, 25%, or 1,891 students, were eligible in April.

Question: How can residents in need contact Gahanna Residents In Need or Westerville Area Resource Ministry?

Answer: Gahanna Residents In Need is at 165 Granville St, Gahanna. It can be reached at 614-214-47474 or Information is available at, on Twitter @GRIN4gahanna and Westerville Area Resource Ministry is at 150 Heatherdown Drive, Westerville. It can be reached at 614-899-0196. Information is available at, on Twitter @WARM_1972 and