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June 5, 2020

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Weekly Update

Prayer Requests

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

Service Statistics

June 2, Tuesday: 30 households served
June 4, Thursday: 43 households served

News

Connor McCormick

We needed shelving in the basement of Lincoln Road Chapel to store excess food for the pantry! No worries, Connor McCormick comes to the rescue. Connor is the neighbor of Kitty and Dick Rohrer. Some time ago, I asked my volunteers what they needed to do their jobs more effectively.

Melody Smiley stepped up to the plate and said we needed shelving! We then put shelving on our big wish list. Well, the shelving request became a reality today, and Connor McCormick made it happen.

Connor is a Boys Scout and is working to complete his Eagle Scout rank. For his service project, he chose Heart to Heart and completed some much-needed shelving units. These shelving units will provide better organization and prevent damage to the pantry inventory if flooding occurs in the basement of Lincoln Road Chapel.

The best part about working with Connor on this project is that he attended preschool in the very building in which he built the shelves. This Eagle Scout project is befitting for Connor, one of First Community Church’s own.

Week in Photos

A lot of prep work goes into the drive-thru system we have been running since March. Here are some photos of our volunteers at work, bagging groceries for our clients.

Black Lives Matter

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson

If you are looking to join in the fight against racism in this country and want to play a role with us at Heart to Heart, follow the link  below to learn more.

Click here for article at Medium.com

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 30, 2020

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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

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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 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

April 18, 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 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

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 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

April 4, 2020

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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