During November, our Pop Up Pantry team continued to deliver needed food directly to clients and their families in their local communities. Food was distributed at the following agency sites:
- November 4: Southpoint Apartments-34 clients
- November 18: Commons at Grant-30 clients
- November 23: Wedgewood Middle School-40 clients
- November 25: Commons at Livingston-40 clients
The number of clients and families served monthly since the Pop Up Pantry’s inception is:
- November 144
- October 151
- September 144
- August 123
- July 98
This month one of our agency sites, The Commons at Buckingham, informed us that they were no longer able to accommodate our Pop Up Pantry due to their case manager taking on new responsibilities outside of Columbus. As a result of this change, we did not deliver food on November 11 as planned. In lieu of this cancellation and with the support of H2H’s leadership, we were able to add a new site for one-time food delivery to Wedgewood Elementary School on November 23. We were grateful to be able to deliver food to the families of children who attend this school in time for Thanksgiving.
In December, we are providing food to a new agency site as part of our current weekly schedule. Hope is a grassroots organization in the Hilltop area that serves as an outreach resource center to assist clients recovering from addiction by helping them navigate various roadblocks in moving ahead toward sobriety and greater independence.
Also in December, the Pop Up Pantry team is partnering with Wickliffe School in Upper Arlington to provide Christmas toys and gifts for children of families who reside at Southpoint Apartments, one of our supported housing agency sites. Families have identified a “wish list” of gifts for their children and we have provided this list to Wickliffe as well as some of our Women’s Guild groups and other church members who’ve expressed an interest in helping.
To maintain safety during this time of rapid growth of COVID-19 infections, we have strongly encouraged online shopping for gifts and have made arrangements for a drive-through drop off of gifts to our team who will be delivering these to Southpoint. In just a week’s time, almost 75% of the “wish list” of toys and gifts have been fulfilled. We are grateful for the generosity of the students and their families at Wickliffe and our church family in providing the Southpoint families and their children with a much needed Christmas this year!
We are proud of the continued efforts and dedication of our Pop Up Pantry team in maintaining a safe working environment by bagging food outside, limiting our number of volunteers, maintaining physical distancing, wearing masks, and practicing hand hygiene. We are also proud of the ability of our team to work together and problem-solve ways to make our bagging and delivery processes more efficient each week!
We look forward to our upcoming meeting with Heart to Heart’s leadership to discuss the expansion of the Pop Up Pantry’s outreach initiative. We are blessed by the opportunity to further the ministry in helping to meet the needs of clients with food and financial insecurity within the Columbus community.