Food Pantry Volunteer


Location
Heart to Heart Food Pantry
1944 West 1st Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212

Hours
Tuesday and Thursdays
8:00am-10:45am
10:30am – 1:15pm
1:00pm-3:15pm

Help clients with check-in, shopping, getting to their cars, or in the waiting area. You may also help to restock shelves as needed. The last shift is for close and cleanup which includes helping the last of the clients, prepping pantry for the next day and light cleaning.

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Stocking Hours


Regular Stocking Hours
Monday 9 – 10:30 am
Wednesday 3 – 4:30 pm
Help to unload and unbox food, stock shelves, sort produce. Older youth needing service hours are welcome. Please contact volunteer Melody Smiley if you’re interested in learning more.

Unpack and Snack
Friday 11:00am-12:30pm
During this shift, volunteers unload and stock direct retail pickups from the morning, then sit down and share fellowship over lunch.

Quilters


Prayers & Squares members create baby quilts to provide a safe and warm space where baby can spend supervised tummy time. Included with each quilt is information outlining safe-sleep practices for baby. These quilts are given to our Food Pantry clients who have infants.

Select Thursdays, 9:30am-1:00pm

This is a learn-as-you-go experience. No quilting or sewing experience is required. Help set-up our room and interact with clients as we layout, sew and tie pre-cut fabric squares. The process is easy and fun.

Food Pick-Ups


Direct Retail Pickups

Hours
Mon-Fri, hours vary

If you’re interested in helping us obtain donations directly from a variety of retailers, please contact volunteer Doug Graham.

We regularly pick up donations from the following retailers

  • Fresh Market, 1920 W Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
  • Huffman’s Market, 2140 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
  • Starbucks, 1085 W Fifth Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
  • Starbucks, 1093 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215
  • Starbucks, 1315 Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221
  • Starbucks, 1570 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

Mid-Ohio Foodbank (MOFB) and Large Direct Retail Pickups

Please contact director Lamar Graham to get started. We will work to get you trained to comfortably drive the truck for pickups.

  • MOFB, Monday and Wednesday mornings, 3960 Brookham Dr, Grove City, OH 43123
  • Giant Eagle, 3061 Kingsdale Center, Columbus, OH 43221
  • Gordon Food Service (GFS), 1935 Hilliard Rome Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026
  • Target, 1970 Hilliard Rome Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026

Volunteer Requirements


Age Limit

  • Adults 18 and over may assist anywhere in the pantry.
  • Graduated 8th graders and older minors may volunteer without accompaniment by an adult, if they bring a signed waiver form.
  • Current 6th-8th graders may volunteer if accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • Contact the director to make special arrangements for school-aged children that wish to help in the pantry. We will do the best we can to accommodate your request.
  • Please leave children 5 and younger at home.

Attire

  • Please wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops or sandals) and dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Volunteer Recognition


Our most valuable resource is you, our volunteers. We strive to show our appreciation for the effort and commitment of our dedicated volunteers. Please click below to read more about how we regularly recognize and appreciate them all.