Where to turn for help in the BG area

Free Food

  • Christian Food Pantry, 541 W. Wooster & Gorrell Street, go back to back door of brick building. 419-601-2760. Mon-Wed-Fri 1-3pm, Thursday 6-8pm and SatAturdays 1-3pm. Social Serv. referral required. Once every 3 months. After first visit bread and sweets anytime.
  • Senior Food Box for 60+, 1st United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. 419-353-0682, 1st Friday of the month, 10-11:30am. Must have proof of income & picture ID when you first Afterwards there will always be a box for you.
  • Free Bag of Food, FUM Church, 419-353-0682, 1st Friday of the month, 10-11:30am. Recipients qualify based upon range of declared income or having just lost a job, 1 bag per household. Please bring grocery cart if available to carry out bag.
  • St. Aloyius Food Pantry, Mon-Fri 10-Noon, 1-3pm, 150 S. Enterprise, Bowling Green, Ohio 419-352-4195, once a month.
  • St. Thomas More Food Pantry, Tues. & Thurs. 8:30-Noon, 1-4:30pm, once a month, 425 Thurstin Avenue, Bowling Green, Ohio, 419-352-7555.
  • Daily Bread Program, The Common Good, 419-806-4475, Mon-Fri. 9am-9pm, 113 Crim Street, Bowling Green, Ohio.
  • Vineyard Church in BG, 419-686-8117, On Call.

Free Meals

  • Free Meal at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church,315 S. College Drive, Bowling Green, Ohio Wednesdays 6pm, Sept-May 419-353-9305.
  • Martha’s Kitchen, 1st UM Church,1526 E. Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio, Friday night 4:30-6pm.
  • The Common Good, 113 Crim Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. Monday 5:30pm Community Dinner; Thursday 5:30pm Dinner Dialogues, free soup & bread during discussions of different topics. Friday 10:30am Free Community Breakfast.

Low Cost Meals

  • Lunch $2.00 M-Fri, Dinner $4.00 T-W-Th,60+, Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. Dinner Reservations needed by 2pm of the day at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935. No one is turned away if unable to pay.
  • Home Delivered Meals, 60+ & Homebound, M-F Noon Hot Meal, $ 2.00. Wood County Committee on Aging, Senior Center, 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio, 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935.
  • Wheeled Meals, 3 meals/day M-F, $27.50, those unable to obtain/prepare food, Wood County Hospital,419-354-8965. Special diets available.


  • Deacon’s Shop, Free Clothes, 1st Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church Street, Bowling Green, Ohio. Thursdays 9:30-11am, 419-352-5176.
  • UCF/The Common Good Clothes, Mon-Fri. 9am-9pm.
  • Furniture, Mark’s, Salvation Army, 419-352-5918 or 211, Referral required.
  • Free baby clothes, diapers, formula & sometimes baby furniture, BG Pregnancy Center, 441 Frazee Street & N. Enterprise, Bowling Green, Ohio, 419-354-4673.
  • Discount Grocery Program, Mid-American Foods, check website  at  http://www.midamericafoods.com/  first for frozen food options, and then call 419-308-4649 for help with order, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
  • Shelter/Housing, Salvation Army, 419-353-9305, also provides money for gasoline once per year limited to availability of donations.
  • Car Care Program, Mark’s Lutheran, 419-353-9305. Accepts donated cars to help victims of domestic violence with permanent transportation. Also assists with repairs.

Welcome to the Wood County Reentry Coalition website!

An updated Reentry Resource Guide and Assistance Directory is now available: ReentryResourceandAssistanceDirectoryFeb2015

Whether you are a Wood County reentry provider, a reentry-affiliated employee or volunteer, a reentry-minded donor, or a returning citizen to Wood County, the resources on this website should be helpful to you.

A few tips about navigating the website:

1)      There is a wealth of resources under each menu tab.  Hover over the menus to display more options.

2)      The “Home” area will provide you more information about the Wood County Reentry Coalition, our Mission and Vision, our Strategic Plan, and Facts and Stats about reentry in Wood County.

3)      The “Resources and Services” area will connect returning citizens with support options in the following resource areas: childcare and familycommunity and food assistanceeducation and trainingemploymentfinancialhousinglegalphysical and mental healthmentoring/faith-basedsubstance abuse, and transportation.

4)      “Upcoming Events” will keep you informed of greater Wood County reentry-related happenings.  No matter your interest in reentry; we would love to have you attend!

5)      “Forms and Documents” is an area where agencies, employees, and returning  citizens can download important materials related to reentry needs.

6)      The “Media” area is used to share success stories and update the public on reentry news on a broader scale, whether it be national or international.  If there is a newsworthy occurrence related to reentry, and it is not covered there, please alert us by communicating through the “Contact Us” area.

7)      Finally, as a non-profit coalition, the Wood Country Reentry Coalition is staffed entirely by volunteers.  We are committed to keeping Wood County a safe and welcoming place for returning citizens to connect them with the appropriate resources to meet their needs.  While we are not officially a 501c3 organization just yet—meaning we cannot receive donations directly to the Wood Country Reentry Coalition—we can direct you to where your donations of food, clothing, furniture, volunteer effort and time, and financial resources would most benefit those returning citizens in need of a fresh start.

Thank you so much for your time in visiting our website.  If you cannot find what you are looking for, or have a helpful suggestion that would improve this site, we would welcome your comments through the “Contact Us” area.

The Wood County Reentry Coalition