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Offers dental services including cleanings and hygiene, radiographs, fluoride treatment, sealants, oral cancer screenings, fillings, amalgams and composites, extractions, general examinations and root canals. 
1205 Broadway Avenue | Lorain, OH 44052 | (440) 240-1655

Genesis House - Domestic Violence

24/7 Crisis Hotline(440)-244-1853or(440)-323-3400

Beech Brook

Beech Brook is a nonprofit that provides behavioral health services, including prevention, early intervention, and treatment, that empower children and families
El Centro

Lorain County Food Pantries.

Residents of Elyria and Lorain County Ohio can get free groceries, food, meals and other emergency assistance when they are facing hunger. There is help from local food banks and pantries. Some of the other services offered may include clothing, baby supplies including diapers and formula, Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and gifts, and of course referrals and information.

Food banks across Lorain County are a great place to call for help. Whether you are faced with an emergency, or have an ongoing hardship situation, a local pantry can be there to support you. Thousands of local individuals get help from them every year.

Whether it is meals, groceries, or food, these centers are very effective. Some may even have limited financial assistance, as funding allows, to help pay for basic needs such as heating and electric bills, or rent and housing expenses. Find the leading free food pantries in the greater Lorain County Ohio region below.

Amherst Church Of The Nazarene
Church food bank address - 210 Cooper Foster Park Road
Amherst, Ohio 44001
Telephone - (440) 988-9014

First United Methodist Church Of South Amherst
Food bank address - 201 West Main Street
Amherst, OH 44001
Dial (440) 986-2461 for hours of food distribution by the church.
Emergency boxes of groceries along with hygiene items, toiletries, and other resources are offered in Lorain County.

Good Shepherd Baptist Church
Main office address: 1100 Cleveland Avenue
Amherst, Ohio 44001
Dial (440) 988-4506

Heritage Presbyterian Church
Location - 515 Leavitt Road
Amherst, OH 44001
(440) 988-9409 is the Voice Number
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are served from the soup kitchen. There may also be bags of canned groceries from the charities food bank.

Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services
33501 Lake Road, Suite L
Avon Lake, Ohio 44012
Dial (440) 933-5639
Families who need help in Lorain County can get assistance, which includes food, meals, groceries, and other aid. Learn about, and get help applying for food stamps, government services, homeless prevention programs, and much more.

New Life Wesleyan Church
Church address - 11149 West River Road
Columbia Station, Ohio 44028
Call (440) 236-8600 for information on how to get free meals, groceries, and other aid.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
25801 Royalton Rd Rt 82
Columbia Station, Ohio 44028
Phone number - (440) 236-5095

Salvation Army - North Ridgeville And Columbia Station Unit
11149 West River Road, New Life Wesleyan Church
Columbia Station, Ohio 44028
Dial (440) 236-8600
Runs various resources for low income, working poor, and underserved. Stop by the food bank, thrift store, or closing closet for aid. The location may have money for bills and housing. Also get help applying for government assistance. Meals and assistance around holidays and Christmas is offered too.

Asbury United Methodist Church
Address: 1611 Middle Avenue
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Voice number - (440) 323-9596
Groceries, meals, and food offered on a first come first serve basis.

Community United Methodist Church
Address - 680 North Abbe Road
Elyria, Oh 44035
Phone number - (440) 365-7391

Elyria Hospitality Center
244 3rd Street
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Phone number - (440) 323-9409
Call for information on free or low cost food that is distributed.

First Congregational United Church Of Christ - Elyria
330 Second Street
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Call (440) 323-5454

Lorain County Office On Aging
320 North Gateway Boulevard
Elyria, OH 44035
Main number - (440) 244-6261 Ext. 4800
The programs are focused on senior citizens and their spouses or caregivers. Apply for Meals on Wheels, USDA surplus commodities, and recreational actives. There are also congregate meal sites and medical care classes held.

Mount Nebo Primitive Baptist Church
Location is 452 Mussey Avenue
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Dial (440) 322-5174
An emergency food pantry is on site. Soup, cereal, baby formula, and more is for families living in poverty or the homeless.

Mount Olivet Alliance Church
Address 626 Boulevard
Elyria, OH 44035
Dial the parish at (440) 322-1773 for intake

Saint Andrew's Church
300 Third Street
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 322-2126
Services administered include gently used clothes, food, meals, and shelter. Also referrals and case management, as well as spiritual guidance, may be offered.

Saint John Lutheran Church
Location of the food bank is 1140 West River Road North
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone - (440) 324-4070

Salvation Army - Elyria Corps
716 West Broad Street
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Call (440) 323-2026
Programs can help the unemployed, working poor, and seniors. They range from food to limited financial help. Stop by for emergency food boxes, school lunches, and much more.

Our Lady Queen Of Peace
Main address - 708 Erie Street
Grafton, Ohio 44044
Call (440) 926-2364

Salvation Army - Grafton
973 Mechanic Street, United Methodist Church Of Grafton
Grafton, OH 44044
Phone - (440) 926-3883
Similar to other Lorain County Salvation Army offices mentioned above.

Kipton Community Church
Address: 511 Church Street
Kipton, Ohio 44049
Call (440) 774-4148
A free food pantry and soup kitchen are on site.

Catholic Charities Family Center Of Lorain
203 West 8th Street
Lorain, OH 44052
Tele: (440) 244-9915
Get referred to applications to USDA programs such as Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and SNAP food stamps. Other social services can help the low income in Lorain County, including financial aid, job placement, and more.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
4501 Clinton Avenue
Lorain, OH 44055
Dial (440) 277-6123

Church On The North Coast - Love Center Food Cupboard
Food bank address - 1405 East 28th Street
Lorain, Ohio 44055
(440) 960-1100
Free food, groceries, USDA items, applications to school lunches, and more are offered.

First Lutheran Coop
603 Washington Avenue
Lorain, OH 44052
Phone number is (440) 244-6286

Greater Saint Matthews AME Church
Main address - 1909 West 24Th Street
Lorain, Ohio 44052
Food Pantry number - (440) 245-3244
Families living in poverty, as well as the unemployed, can call the charity. A food bank and soup kitchen feed the vulnerable.

Lorain Christian Temple
Address of church - 940 West 5Th Street
Lorain, Ohio 44052
Phone number of food pantry is (440) 244-5883

Lorain County Aids Task Force
221 West 21St, Suite Ll-2
Lorain, Ohio 44052
(440) 233-1086
Voice, medications, grocery vouchers, and shelter is offered for HIV/AIDS patients in the region.

Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church
3015 Meister Road
Lorain, OH 44053
Call (440) 282-2383
Provides meals, fruits, breads, and other support. Most of the programs are offered at no cost to income qualified people.

Love Extended
5490 Broadway, Broadway Assembly Church
Lorain, Ohio 44052
Dial (440) 233-8575

Saint Mary Church
309 West 7th Street
Lorain, Ohio 44052
Main number - (440) 245-5283

Salvation Army - Lorain Corps
2506 Broadway
Lorain, Ohio 44052
(440) 244-1921
A leading non-profit charity organization in the county. Call them to learn about food and holiday assistance. May also have emergency funding for people in a crisis too. Focus is on families with children, seniors, and disabled in Lorain County.

United Hearts Life Mission Center - Lorain
2367 North Ridge Road
Lorain, OH 44055
Main number - (440) 240-0271

Vine Of Hope Food Pantry
Address of food bank - 1310 Colorado Avenue
Lorain, Ohio 44052
Call (440) 277-1335
No one who needs help is turned away.

We Care We Share Ministries
Address - 1701 East 29th Street
Lorain, Ohio 44055
Dial (440) 714-2690
The pantry may have dry and canned goods, fruits, vegetables, paper products, and personal toiletries. There are also free Christmas meals served to the needy.

North Ridgeville Community Care
34015 Center Ridge
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Call (440) 353-9716

Oberlin Community Services
Location - 285 South Professor Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44074
Main office phone number - (440) 774-6579
When facing hunger, this non-profit may be able to assist. There are summer snacks for children, emergency boxes of groceries, and information on holiday meal and gift programs.

Park Street Community Outreach Center
99 South Park Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44074
(440) 774-1266
Meet with staff or a volunteer to learn about local charities, assistance programs, and food distribution centers.

Lake Breeze Church
Address is 1430 Lake Breeze Road
Sheffield Lake, OH 44054
Dial (440) 949-7888
The pantry may have canned food, they distribute fresh produce, items such as peanut butter, and other goods.

Lorain County Office On Aging - Northeast Office
Main office is 4575 Lake Road
Sheffield Lake, OH 44054
(440) 949-8146
They focus on feeding low income seniors and the disabled.

127 Park Place
Wellington, Ohio 44090
Telephone - (440) 647-2689

El Centro De Services Sociales
Address is 2800 Pearl Avenue
Lorain, Ohio 44055
(440) 277-8235
A walk-in food pantry is on site at the charity.

For the location, or referrals to more food pantries or government programs, dial 440.960.2265. Callers can also learn about Senior Brown Bag program or WIC food vouchers too, among other services in Lorain County.