Center of Hope became an official Community Partner of FFTH in the Fall of 2022, and receives quarterly distributions from FFTH that help support its excellent work to decrease hunger.
In 2019, the Center of Hope chapter was opened in Bladensburg, Ohio (southeastern Knox County) to serve the needs of people living in nearby rural communities. Since March 2020, this location has provided groceries and other support for thousands of people in the surrounding rural areas, including seniors and families who are working but struggling to make ends meet.
April 2023 marked the Center of Hope's Grand Opening for its renovated facility and collaboration with Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Center of Hope now offers a Mid-Ohio Market. Franklin County has five Mid-Ohio Markets, and this is the first Mid-Ohio Market to branch into other counties. This provides increased access to food, resources, and much more for the surrounding rural region!
Center of Hope houses a free grocery market and provides other services, such as mobile food programs, senior services, health and wellness education, and chaplain services. Community connection is a strong focus for the staff and volunteers at the Center. As they continue to update their facility, the comprehensive vision for Center of Hope includes a health clinic, farm shop, cafe, and resources to support local businesses and farms.