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April 2020

April 25, 2020

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Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

Do you know someone who needs a prayer or would you like to be placed on our Prayer Request list? Please click here to let us know.

Service Statistics

April 21 Tuesday: 46 households served
April 23, Thursday: 78 households served

News

Annual Report 2019

Click here to view our 2019 Annual Report.

March 2020

Click here to read our statistics from last month.

May Volunteers

The volunteer sign-up for May is now live online.

Something to Read

Read this article from The Columbus Dispatch: Supply chain disruptions hitting food pantries amid Coronavirus.

This Week

Thank you to Face Masks Ohio for supporting Heart to Heart with 20 Adult and 15 Child Face Masks! If you are interested in supporting and/or need face masks, please reach out to facemasksohio@gmail.com

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

March 2020 Stats

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Unique Volunteers: 101

Food Donated to Other Agencies: 2,605

 

Service Statistics

Households: 522

Seniors Served (age 60+): 287

Adults Served (18 – 59): 948

Children Served (birth – 17): 694

Individuals Served: 1,929

Meals Provided: 17,361

 

Food Received

First Community: 1,141 pounds

GFS: 553 pounds

GiantEagle: 1,345 pounds

Huffman’s Market: 153 pounds

Marc’s: 385 pounds

Starbucks: 1,381 pounds

Target: 4,471 pounds

MOFB Total: 5,630 pounds

Purchased: 3,347 pounds

Donated: 2,283 pounds

April 18, 2020

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Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

Do you know someone who needs a prayer or would you like to be placed on our Prayer Request list? Please click here to let us know.

Service Statistics

April 14, Tuesday: 57 households served
April 16, Thursday: 40 households served

News

This Week

The first picture is Sandy Pfening and Margie Tarpy serving clients through our drive-in pantry. The last picture is Steve Young helping to unload over 7,900 lbs of food from MidOhio this past Monday.

Monthly Order

Click to view the order from Mid-Ohio Foodbank for April 2020.

Share & Learn Gardens

Update from Cheryl VanDeusen:

We have used some of the grant money to build the new pollinator bed that we had written the original grand for last fall. John Oberlin and Mike Cox, builders extraordinaries, built it and used dirt from our own compost pile to fill it. Loren had plants started in the basement and we will use state and CDC safety guidelines when we start this year’s crops. It is even more important that we get fresh produce grown for Heart to Heart.

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

April 11, 2020

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Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

Do you know someone who needs a prayer or would you like to be placed on our Prayer Request list? Please click here to let us know.

Service Statistics

April 7, Tuesday: 42 households served
April 9, Thursday: 51 households served

News

COVID-19 Updates

Amid the ever-changing news regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have established a page on the website where you will find regular updates as they are announced. A link to this page will be on the left side of the menu permanently. We will continue to post these announcements on social media and via email, as well.

Read Latest Update (04-09-2020)

Columbus Public Health has compiled a list of resources available to Franklin County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for Resource List

Help Wanted

We need help unloading lots of food this coming Monday from MidOhio Foodbank! Click here to sign up.

Please note: Everyone is now required to wear a mask or face covering of some sort. Please bring face mask with you. Gloves will be provided.

New Partner

We would like to thank our new partner, Meijer, for their recent donations through Mid Ohio Food Collective!

Many Thanks

Recently we had to move all the dry food stored in Lincoln Road Chapel from the basement to the main room, and some into the pantry. This project was a huge undertaking and would not have been possible without help from some strong volunteers! We owe a huge shoutout to Sam McCollum for bringing his brother Curtis, and some friends from Camp Akita to volunteer for this monumental task. Major thanks also to Wade Melnick President of the Tri-Village Rotary for bringing out members of his club along with their families. See before and after photos below.

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

COVID-19 UPDATE

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Every year, the eligibility requirements change for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). In the state of Ohio, a family of 3 can make $42,659 in a year as of today. Well, that was the case until COVID-19. Now, a family of 3 can make $49,059 in year. As this number has gone up, it is a sign our number of clients could increase as well. Our average family size we serve at Heart to Heart is a single mom with at least 2 children.

Over the past three weeks, we have seen a spike in the number of clients served. Most of the clients we saw this month received food from us before. At the same time, there was a surge in the number of new families who visited us with a total number of 161 households. This year, for the month of March, we served 522 households with a total number of 1,929 individuals. In March 2019, we served 422 households with a total number of 1,433 individuals.

When we first saw how more restrictions were being enforced, we knew we would have to make some changes on how we traditionally serve our clients. Normally, we would allow our clients to come inside the pantry at (1944 W. First Ave) to choose which foods they would like to have for their families. However, with the new restrictions we went to a drive-in system to pre-package all of our clients food. We divided all our pre-packaged bags to reflect either 1 to 4-person family or a family of 5 or more. Families of 1 to 4 select 2 bags of food with  items such as canned soups, canned veggies, toiletry items, and separate bags for produce and refrigeration items. Families with 5 or more people will get 3 bags with the same type food, only more. Inside these bags we also placed resources for various food pantries, bus routes to get to these places, and helpful information for family resources.

I’m very grateful for my team (The Task Force) who created this awesome plan and help to make things run smoothly. They are: Addair Levine, Janice Rook, Michael Delphia, and Melody Smiley. Their hard work came at a time that is much needed to ensure all our clients are being served safely and orderly as well as volunteers being safe.

The outpouring of support from the community has been nothing short of amazing. We appreciate everyone’s response to this crisis. We have appreciated your prayers, your food and monetary donations, volunteer support, etc. We have been truly blessed and will continue to do this very important and needed work for as long as we can.

To Learn more about TEFAP and how this affects our clients, click here.

If you would like to volunteer at Heart to Heart please click here. Please note: everyone is now required to wear a mask or face covering of some sort. Please bring face mask with you to volunteer. Gloves will be provided.

Lamar Graham | Heart to Heart Director
First Community | Where Everyone is Accepted

1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 488-0681, Ext. 203
(614) 488-2763 Fax

lgraham@FCchurch.com
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And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God

April 4, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

Larry Miller
Tom Norman
John Oberlin
Bryan Smith
Charlie Vachris and Judy Long

Service Statistics

March 31, Tuesday: 61
April 2, Thursday: 47

News

Announcements

Hello, Dedicated Volunteers,

I know some of you are worried during this time if you should commit more time to Heart to Heart physically or not. I want you to know that I understand completely if you are unable to volunteer during this time of Social Distancing. There will be no hard feelings if you need to take a step back and be close to family.

Lamar Graham
Heart to Heart Director

Amid the ever-changing news regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we have established a page on the website where you will find regular updates as they are announced. A link to this page will be on the left side of the menu permanently. We will continue to post these announcements on social media and via email, as well.

Heart to Heart COVID-19 Updates

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ

Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our vision of Heart to Heart is to model God’s love by:
Cultivating a loving community
Honoring individual gifts
Feeding bodies and souls
…and seeing everyone as a child of God