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May 2020

May 30, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

May 26, Tuesday: 31 households served
May 28, Thursday: 42 households served

News

Grandview High School Donations

Kyle Mahan is the food service director at Grandview schools. He has given us many snacks and treats as a result of the Covid-19 school closings.

Upper Arlington Schools Donation

Upper Arlington Schools also made a donation as a result of the COVID-19 school closings, donating a total of 45 lbs of chips for our clients.

Midweek Mission Birthday Bags

Pictured here is Julie Richards, Director of K-5 Ministry, donating 50 Birthday Bags. Each of these bags is filled with a box of cake mix, icing, napkins, plates, and lastly a handmade birthday card for Heart to Heart clients. All of these bags were put together by the children and families of Midweek Missions of First Community Church.

More Birthday Bags

Thank you to the Orben and family for their generous gift 94 lbs of food and non-food items, and 19 birthday bags to give out to our clients.

Face Mask Donation

Michael Tillis, from Telephone Pioneers of America, brought in their donation of face masks.

Agency 360 Quarterly Newsletter

In the most recent issue of the Agency 360 Quarterly Newsletter from Mid-Ohio Food Collective, we are reminded of the importance of self-care during difficult times. Please click here to read the newsletter in its entirety.

Kroger Community Rewards

It’s time to enroll or re-enroll your Shopper’s Plus Card online. You will need:

    • Your Shopper’s Plus Card number
    • Organization Number: TB926 FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH

Through this program, First Community Missions earns more than $6000 per year which is then given to support our own food pantry, Heart to Heart.

You can enroll your new card at any point throughout the year, but current reward program members are asked to renew their support online every year.  To ensure your contributions are still benefiting First Community Church, please login to check your account before the end of the month!

In the period beginning February 1 and ending April 30, 2020, this program earned $1071.55 toward Heart to Heart with 259 households participating. Thank you!

And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
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

May 23, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Tom Norman is currently in a rehab center up walking and talking.
  • Loren VanDeusen is having knee surgery on Wednedsay, May 27.
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain.

Service Statistics

May 19, Tuesday: 37 households served
May 21, Thursday: 39 households served

News

Share and Learn Gardens

Update from Cheryl VanDeusen

Since we last met to clean up the beds on May 7, John Oberlin and Mike Cox rebuilt the herb bed (picture included). Eric Mars will add an irrigation system. We no longer will need to worry about watering pots! This ultimately will save both volunteer time and the cost of water. They also recovered the row covers with new agribon fabric.

The majority of the produce grown in this garden comes to Heart to Heart so we may give it to our clients.

Grandview Student Volunteers

Watch the video from our friend Sara Hager, Intervention Specialist at Grandview High School. She discusses how her students learn from their hand-on experiences, including their regular volunteering at Heart to Heart.

Helping families thrive: A 40-year journey for the Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Click here to read the Columbus Dispatch article on Mid-Ohio Food Collective and how it has developed over the past 40 years. In 2019 we received and purchased over 117,000 lbs of food from Mid-Ohio Food Collective.

This Week in Pictures

Click to read our latest COVID-19 Updates

Kroger Community Rewards

It’s time to enroll or re-enroll your Shopper’s Plus Card online. You will need:

    • Your Shopper’s Plus Card number
    • Organization Number: TB926 FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH

Through this program, First Community Missions earns more than $6000 per year which is then given to support our own food pantry, Heart to Heart.

You can enroll your new card at any point throughout the year, but current reward program members are asked to renew their support online every year.  To ensure your contributions are still benefiting First Community Church, please login to check your account before the end of the month!

In the period beginning February 1 and ending April 30, 2020, this program earned $1071.55 toward Heart to Heart with 259 households participating. Thank you!

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

May 16, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Tom Norman
  • Loren VanDeusen
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain

Service Statistics

May 12, Tuesday: 37 households served
May 14, Thursday: 60 households served

News

Keller Williams RED Day

On May 14, several Keller Williams Associates and family members joined us for their Annual RED Day Celebration. RED stands for Renew, Energize and Donate.  The Keller Williams Associates all over the world choose to “Give Where They Live” as part of this annual day of service each May.

Each year all the Keller Williams’ offices reach out to local organizations and/or individuals to find a project or projects within their community to assist, creating a massive one-day outreach of volunteering and impact in our local neighborhoods. Major thanks to Stacy McVey for making the contact between us and The Keller Williams Associates.

RED Day is built on the belief that people can and should come together to achieve extraordinary things to help others.  RED Day just happens to be a one-day expression of the constant state of the Keller Williams culture and displays the amazing impact a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone.

As you can see in the photos below, the group assisted with landscaping, pre-packing bags, and serving clients. Thank you, Keller Williams Associates.

May MOFB Order

Click here to view the 8865-pound order we picked up this past Monday. Thank you to the volunteers who helped pick up and unload this large order despite the weather and three fallen trees on the grounds of First Community South near the annex!

Below you can see photos of volunteers working diligently behind the scenes to make Heart to Heart happen!

Share and Learn Gardens

Update from Cheryl VanDeusen

Eight eager volunteers wore masks and brought their own tools last Thursday to weed, spread mulch, add soil and straighten irrigation lines in anticipation of planting the beds in the middle of May.

It felt good to be in the sunshine and pull tall weeds even while staying 6 feet away from each other. Our married volunteers come in handy when we need to do a two-person task in these infectious times!

Loren has pepper and tomato plants growing in our growing center in the basement and we have cabbage plants waiting in our small greenhouse. We are also on the lookout for collard plants at local nurseries.

We have a lot of donated seeds from our fellow master gardeners in the Pickaway County Master Gardener Volunteer organization where Loren and I do our OSU extension volunteering. We will use them and see how our clients at Heart to Heart like some different vegetables- last year they loved the okra – who knew!! Okra will be grown again this year!

Thanks to our volunteers that day and to all of you who will be helping someway in the future.

Click to read our latest COVID-19 Updates

Trailer: A Place at the Table

Message from Lamar Graham, Director

I recently watched A Place at The Table and found it to be really informative. When you get a chance, you should check it out. Share your thoughts with me if you would like. One of the highlights that I take away is our constant need to serve healthy nutritious meals.

With this, I’m extremely grateful for the work Diane Sturges is doing with our cooking classes, the work Cheryl and Loren VanDeusen do with the gardens at First Community North, and all of our garden connections through MidOhio Food Collective and otherwise.

Army of Helping Hands

When we go to Mid-Ohio Food Collective to pick up fresh produce on Mondays and Wednesdays, the National Guard is there to help. They load our vehicles with the produce to bring back to Heart to Heart to distribute to our clients. See the whole story on the NBC4i site.

Kroger Community Rewards

It’s time to enroll or re-enroll your Shopper’s Plus Card online. You will need:

    • Your Shopper’s Plus Card number
    • Organization Number: TB926 FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH

Through this program, First Community Missions earns more than $6000 per year which is then given to support our own food pantry, Heart to Heart.

You can enroll your new card at any point throughout the year, but current reward program members are asked to renew their support online every year.  To ensure your contributions are still benefiting First Community Church, please login to check your account before the end of the month!

In the period beginning February 1 and ending April 30, 2020, this program earned $1071.55 toward Heart to Heart with 259 households participating. Thank you!

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

May 9, 2020

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

  • Tom Norman
  • Loren VanDeusen
  • Click here to be added to First Community prayer chain

Service Statistics

May 5, Tuesday: 36 households served
May 7, Thursday: 50 households served

News

Rolling Luggage

Pictured below is Bobby Jenkins, one of our clients, showing off his new luggage. Most of our clients who are walking catch the number 5 bus and will walk 2 long blocks to get to us, not to mention the distance they will walk once they get off the bus. It’s a lot easier for them to transport food if they have access to rolling suitcases pictured in this photo.

Thank you to those who have donated luggage for our walkers. If you would like to donate more please email us.

UA Gives Back

UA Gives Back continues to give back. Diapers, Baby food, Dry Goods Oh My!

MidOhio Foodbank Supports Local Pantries

We were one of many pantries who received support through the generous gift that Jeff Bezos contributed to MidOhio Foodbank. Because of the grant, our entire April bill was covered, for a total of amount of $1,644.66!

Read the full story on the ABC 6 website.

Click to read our latest COVID-19 Updates

Annual Report 2019

Click here to view our 2019 Annual Report.

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

May 2, 2020

By | Weekly Update

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 28, Tuesday: 44 households served
April 30, Thursday: 35 households served

News

Reusable Bag Donation

Brooke Dionisio teaches Family and Consumer Sciences at Hastings Middle school. This year, some of her students worked on making old t-shirts into reusable bags for groceries and whatnot.  They were working to incorporate service to the community and the environment by repurposing. Earlier this week, she came by to drop off these bags for use by our clients.

Barrington Donation

Crissie Winner stopped by from Barrington Elementary to donate 146 lbs of snacks this week.

UA Gives Back

Kelly Cantwell and Elizabeth Blank from UA Gives Back donated 631 lbs of non-food and food items to Heart to Heart this week!

Click to read our latest COVID-19 Updates

Annual Report 2019

Click here to view our 2019 Annual Report.

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 2020 Stats

By | Statistics

Unique Volunteers: 71

 

Service Statistics

Households: 442

Seniors Served (age 60+): 209

Adults Served (18 – 59): 817

Children Served (birth – 17): 646

Individuals Served: 1,672

Meals Provided: 15,039

 

Food Received

First Community: 2659 pounds

GFS:  277 pounds

GiantEagle: 1666 pounds

Huffman’s Market: 184 pounds

Marc’s: 469 pounds

Starbucks: 493 pounds

Target: 3264 pounds

MOFB Total: 1263 pounds

Purchased: 411 pounds

Donated: 852 pounds