History Of GRIN
1972 - Sarah and Jim Williams started a food pantry in their home.
1978 - Mifflin Presbyterian offered to house the food pantry.
1999 - GRIN formed with the support of the Gahanna Ministerial Association and Rotary under the leadership of Sally Williams and Reverend Roger Wagner from Mifflin Presbyterian.
2000 - Holiday Assistance Program offering Thanksgiving boxes for families, as well as Christmas Adoptions.
2003 - GRIN began providing assistance with utilities payments.
2012 - The GMA 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 2013 - A new Board was created to begin the planning and consolidation process.
2013 - The following services were provided by separate entities, but now integrated as part of GRIN:
Food Pantry/Financial Assistance
Free Clothing store (at Stonybrook) - Clothing for 420 families
Summer Lunch Club (as part of the BRIDGE) - served 4650 lunches
2014 - Executive Director, Brenda Johnston elected to execute the directives of the Board.
April, 2015, GRIN moved into an office building to integrate the multitude of services offered
2015 - 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.
2016 - GRIN joined forces with Mid-Ohio