- The Gahanna Rotary, The Gahanna Ministerial Association and Pastor Donald Swift started giving out food to the community.
- Sally and Jim Williams helped with GRIN and then took over the pantry out of their home.
- Thanksgiving boxes were given out to families in need.
- Mifflin Presbyterian Church offered to house the food pantry.
- Christmas Adoptions to help families in need began.
- Lions Club joined forces with GRIN for Holiday Assistance.
- GRIN began providing assistance with utilities payments.
- The GCMA began collaborating with GRIN to talk about consolidating services being provided in a variety of locations into a single location to serve the whole community.
- Fall 2011 - A Board was created to begin the planning and consolidation process.
The following services were provided by separate entities, but now integrated as part of GRIN:
- Clothing free store (from Stonybrook) - Clothing for 420 families (currently discontinued)
- Summer Lunch Club (as part of the BRIDGE) - served 4650 lunches
- Executive Director, Brenda Johnston hired part-time to execute the directives of the Board
- Meijer at N. Hamilton Road chose GRIN as recipient for their “Simply Give Program”
- GRIN moved to 760 Morrison Rd, Gahanna to integrate several added programs.
GRIN began partnering with the Gahanna-Jefferson School District to provide:
- Snack packs to the 2015-2016 school year children in need on the weekends.
- Back to School fair providing school supplies, book bags and other services needed to start the new school year.
- GRIN joined forces with Mid-Ohio.
- Program Director, Beth Bentley was hired part-time to execute the directives of the Board and the Executive Director
- October, 2017, GRIN moved to a new facility at 165 Granville Street, Gahanna, OH, 43230
- March, 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic hit the community and increased the needs exponentially. The community’s generosity helped GRIN to continue helping those in need.
- With community donations, GRIN purchased a truck to help transport pick-ups from our partners and large events such as Back To School Fair. This truck has also allowed us to start up a Mobile Food Pantry.
- GRIN hired a part-time Food Pantry Manager.
- GRIN discontinued the Clothing Pantry.
- Began Mobile Food Pantry servicing community.
- Began home deliveries to those in need of such service.
- Executive Director was hired full-time.
- Together, we'll celebrate our 50th GRINiversary!
- Diverse food selections are now offered.