Non-profit organization offering Kroger gift cards to those affected by a power outage

Greater Columbus residents who lost food due to last week’s power outages may be eligible for a Kroger gift card through a local nonprofit group.

IMPACT Community Action is offering $250 gift cards to help people replace food lost during outages. According to the Columbus-based organization’s Facebook page, card availability is first-come, first-served and people should bring photo ID and a copy of their US electric bill.

IMPACT is hosting walk-in tours at its 711 Southwood Avenue location on Mondays from 5-7 p.m., June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, and July 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The initiative is part of the Contribution of $1 million that the AEP brings to help Greater Columbus residents who have been financially impacted by the power outages. The company works with IMPACT Community Action, the Columbus Urban League, Life Care Alliance and the Mid-Ohio Food Collective.

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Food aid is a need in the community

The organization held its first date for the initiative on Wednesday and 350 people showed up, said director of community engagement Jennifer Wood. She said IMPACT served about 75 to 80 people on Wednesday.

“We only started at 10 a.m. and we had people showing up at 7 a.m.,” she said. “It really drives home how much need there is in the community and how many people have been affected by the power outage.”

To continue helping residents through the summer, IMPACT is hosting a “Beat the Heat” event on June 30, where people can apply for the nonprofit’s Home Energy Assistance summer crisis program. The program runs from July 1 through September 30 and provides eligible Ohioans with assistance with paying an electric bill or central air conditioning repairs.

Pockets of failure remain

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 3,632 customer outages in Franklin County, according to the fault map of the AEP. The hardest hit areas are 2,815 outages on Clime Road in West Columbus, 313 outages on Dublin-Granville Road and Cleveland Avenue in Northland and 299 outages on S. High Street on the south side.

Micah Walker is Dispatch’s trending reporter. Contact her at [email protected] or 740-251-7199. Follow her on Twitter


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