Two United Methodist non-profits on the South Side of Columbus have joined together to create a new ministry in the Linden neighborhood. The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio and Community Development for All People (CD4AP) will together provide fresh food, as well as free medications, in a community that has historically lacked access to both.
"The Charitable Pharmacy and Fresh Market's new location is an important ministry for the Linden community because it creates an access point for food and medicine that hasn't existed before," says Taylor Reed, the new Executive Director of the Charitable Pharmacy. "Until now, many Linden residents have had to travel outside their community to meet their basic needs. These solutions will help empower neighbors to achieve better health!"
The Charitable Pharmacy is open four days a week, Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, from 9am to 4pm, and is available to Franklin County residents earning at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). New patients may call 614-298-4190 to be qualified. Open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm, and Saturday, 10am-2pm, the Linden Fresh Market allows households earning 200% FPL or less to shop for free produce once a day. The new market sits where the former Eagle Market was located at 1464 Cleveland Avenue.
"CD4AP and the Charitable Pharmacy have long partnered on the South Side with a common goal of promoting health and wellness for our community," remarks Katelin Hansen, Director of Operations at Community Development for All People. "Proscribing easy access to healthy fruits and vegetables is a natural complement to offering vital pharmaceuticals for the health of those living in our neighborhood. Now, having these two resources under the same roof in the Linden area provides a natural synergy to these services, and even better convenience to those availing themselves of both services."