Catholic Social Services | Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
Catholic Social Services | Our Lady of Guadalupe Center 

441 Industry Dr
Columbus, Oh 43204 
Tel: (614) 340-7061 / (614) 274-4521

Contact Person: Alma Santos
Email: asantos@coclss.org 
Title: Coordinator (Our Lady of Guadalupe Center)
Website: http://colscss.org/our-lady-of-guadalupe-center/

 Alliance Group: Education, Faith Communities, Health & Safety
Type: Community Organization 
Region: Central

Mission Statement:
The Guadalupe Center has set itself apart from other local food pantries by operating as a “choice” food pantry. At our “choice” food pantry, rather than being handed a pre-selected box of food, clients are given points, based on family size, to spend by hand-selecting food items of their choice, much like they would in a grocery store. CSS’ choice food pantry offers a two-fold benefit. Allowing the families to select the foods they need helps eliminate waste of unwanted foods, foods that are not needed, and foods they do not know how to prepare. Using a point system teaches the clients how to assess needs, prioritize, and budget, all necessary skills for managing a household.

Description of Services:
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Center serves the needs of the growing Hispanic community by providing emergency food assistance; health screenings; information on nutrition, housing, legal aide and finances; and guidance in acquiring basic necessities. To create a sense of privacy and eliminate anyone waiting in a long line, clients are seen by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled through Hands On Central Ohio by calling the Food Line at 614-341-2282. Messages are in both English and Spanish. Clients are required to present a bill as proof of residence, along with valid identification. Families are given a specific number of points based on the number of people living in their household.

OLANet Admin Contact: 
First Name: Ramona
Last Name: Reyes
Title: Program Director
E-Mail: rreyes@colscss.org
Phone:  614-340-7061 / (614) 221-5891

First Name: Rachel
Last Name: Lustig
Title: President & CEO (Catholic Social Services)
Phone: (614) 857-1204
Email: rlustig@colscss.org