Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly.
Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 102
Administrator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Volunteer Coordinator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
hearttoheart@FCchurch.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Tuesdays 9am to 12pm
Wednesdays 5pm to 7pm
Thursdays 9am to 12pm
First Community South, Annex
1944 W. First Avenue Columbus, OH 43212
Monthly Archives

May 2021

May 29, 2021

By | Uncategorized

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 24 on Tuesday, May 25
  • 7 on Wednesday, May 26
  • 25 on Thursday, May 27

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 20 on Wednesday, May 26

This Week

We are working as a team to create a schedule for when there is a Monday holiday. We are hoping to create an alternative schedule that allows us to have the holiday off while still being prepared to serve clients on the following Tuesdays.

Our first trial run of this new plan will be for Memorial Day, May 31.  We understand not everyone will be able to make the change, but we will try this out for Memorial Day and see how it goes. We will cancel all shifts Monday, May 31 and add the following:

  • Friday, May 28, 11:30 am – 12:30pm Preshop Shift
  • Tuesday, June 1, 7:45 am – 8:30 am Direct Retail Pickup from Giant Eagle
  • Tuesday, June 1, 8:30-10:30am Stocking Shift

For our complete holiday closing schedule, please visit h2h.fcchurch.com/holidays2021

There will be no blog post next week, June 5.

Volunteer Needs

Here are the opportunities to serve at Heart to Heart next week. Click the lightbulb to sign up.

Monday, May 31
Closed

Tuesday, June 1
8:30 – 10:30 Stocking Shift (4)
8:30 – 10:30 Drive Thru (5)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive Thru (3)

Wednesday, June 2
1:00 – 2:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
3:00 – 4:30 Set Up (5)
4:30-7:30 Drive Thru (6)

Thursday, June 3
8:30 – 10:30 Drive Thru (3)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive Thru (6)

Friday, June 4
10:00 – 11:30 Stocking (5)

Volunteer Information

Volunteer Procedures

  • All volunteers should check in upon arrival in the kitchen of the main church building. Check-in will now be done on the iPad, rather than paper. This check-in process allows volunteers to review and agree to our Photo and Social Media Release, and for parents of minor volunteers to review and agree to our Minor Waiver. We can use the form to better access volunteer contact information in order to keep everyone up-to-date. Lastly, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case among volunteers and/or staff, this will allow for quicker and easier contact tracing.
  • Due to numerous safety concerns, all doors will remain locked until the assigned work time. A staff member will unlock the doors needed for each particular shift. Please enter through the kitchen door from the alleyway.
  • At the beginning of each new shift, Yohan will greet volunteers and give them each an assignment.
  • If there is an active thunderstorm or Tornado Warning in our area, we cannot safely operate the drive-thru. Should we find it necessary to close, we will notify all scheduled volunteers as soon as possible. We will also make an announcement on social media, a notification on our website, and a recording on our voicemail.

Minor Volunteers

Adults 18 and over may assist anywhere in the pantry. While we welcome all ages of volunteers, this may not be the right opportunity for younger children. With that in mind,

  • Graduated 8th graders and older minors must first volunteer with a parent/guardian to assess their ability to volunteer independently. Should the staff affirm their ability to volunteer independently, they will be given a waiver form at the end of their first shift.  For future shifts, these volunteers will need to bring a signed waiver form which includes emergency contact information for an adult immediately available.
  • School-aged children K-8 grade may volunteer if accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Volunteer opportunities for families will occasionally become available and will be posted on our Sign-Up Genius.

Upcoming Events

First Community Events

Summer Worship Schedule

9 am Online Service

Simple online-only service designed for online viewing featuring contemporary music and a message. It will be available on FCchurch.com and the First Community Facebook page.

9 am North Tent Service

Casual outdoor service with Janelle Rogers and her band leading the music. We have rented a tent for summer outdoor activities. It will be fun to provide this new style of service for the summer. If the weather is bad, we can easily move indoors. This service will not be live-streamed.

10 am South Sanctuary

A traditional service featuring musicians from the Cambridge Choir. It will be live-streamed on FCchurch.com and the FC Facebook page.

11 am North Sanctuary

A traditional service featuring musicians from the Chancel Choir. It will be live-streamed on FCchurch.com and the FC Facebook page.

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

In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.

May 22, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 37 on Tuesday, May 18
  • 7 on Wednesday, May 19
  • 31 on Thursday, May 20

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 37 on Wednesday, May 19

Follow #PetsofH2H on Twitter

Are you following this adorable hashtag? Here are the pics you’ve been missing!

Volunteer Needs

Here are the opportunities to serve at Heart to Heart next week. Click the lightbulb to sign up.

Monday, May 24
9:00- 10:30 Stocking (2)
3:30 – 4:30 MOFB Order Unloading (14)

Tuesday, May 25
8:30 – 10:30 Drive Thru (2)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive Thru (4)

Wednesday, May 26
3:00 – 4:30 Set Up (3)
4:30-7:30 Drive Thru (5)

Thursday, May 27
7:45 – 8:30 MOFB  Shop Thru (2)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive Thru (3)

Friday, May 28
10:00 – 11:30 Stocking (5)
11:30 – 12:30 Preshop (2)*

Monday, May 31
Closed

*due to Memorial Day holiday Monday

New this Summer

We have been invited to participate in the Upper Arlington Farmer’s Market this year on the first Wednesday of the month. Volunteers will be invited to join staff members at the booths to collect donations and distribute information about our mission. Sign up for June 2,  or July 7, 3:30 – 7:30 pm.

Schedule Changes

Please note these changes in regular volunteer shifts going forward:

  • Starting May 24, we will pick up our semi-monthly order from Mid-Ohio Foodbank at 3 pm. This means the unloading time now start at 3:30 pm. We expect we can unload everything by 5 pm.

Hopefully, this time change will allow more volunteers to participate.

We are working as a team to create a schedule for when there is a Monday holiday. We are hoping to create an alternative schedule that allows us to have the holiday off while still being prepared to serve clients on the following Tuesdays.

Our first trial run of this new plan will be for Memorial Day, May 31.  We understand not everyone will be able to make the change, but we will try this out for Memorial Day and see how it goes. We will cancel all shifts Monday, May 31 and add the following:

  • Friday, May 28, 11:30 am – 12:30pm Preshop Shift
  • Tuesday, June 1, 7:45 am – 8:30 am Direct Retail Pickup from Giant Eagle
  • Tuesday, June 1, 8:30-10:30am Stocking Shift

For our complete holiday closing schedule, please visit h2h.fcchurch.com/holidays2021

Upcoming Events

Register Now

Volunteer Procedures

We are again in a time of transition as we move operations for the drive-thru back outside for warmer weather months. Please be patient as we revise procedures, as new equipment arrives, and while things are still unsettled. Note changes to our regular procedures below in bold

  • All volunteers should check in upon arrival in the kitchen of the main church building. Check-in will now be done on the iPad, rather than paper. This check-in process allows volunteers to review and agree to our Photo and Social Media Release, and for parents of minor volunteers to review and agree to our Minor Waiver. We can use the form to better access volunteer contact information in order to keep everyone up-to-date. Lastly, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case among volunteers and/or staff, this will allow for quicker and easier contact tracing.
  • Due to numerous safety concerns, all doors will remain locked until the assigned work time. A staff member will unlock the doors needed for each particular shift. Please enter through the kitchen door from the alleyway.
  • At the beginning of each new shift, Yohan will greet volunteers and give them each an assignment.
  • If there is an active thunderstorm or Tornado Warning in our area, we cannot safely operate the drive-thru. Should we find it necessary to close, we will notify all scheduled volunteers as soon as possible. We will also make an announcement on social media, a notification on our website, and a recording on our voicemail.

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

In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.

May 15, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 21 on Tuesday, May 11
  • 5 on Wednesday, May 12
  • 24 on Thursday, May 13

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 14 on Wednesday, May 12

Week in Pictures

Volunteer Needs

Here are the opportunities to serve at Heart to Heart next week. Click the lightbulb to sign up.

 

Monday, May 17
9:00- 10:30 Stocking (2)

Tuesday, May 18
8:30 – 10:30 Drive Thru (2)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive Thru (7)

Wednesday, May 19
3:00 – 4:30 Set Up (4)
4:30-7:30 Drive Thru (3)

Thursday, May 20
8:30 – 10:30 Drive Thru (2)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive Thru (4)

Friday, May 21
10:00 – 11:30 Stocking (5)

Upcoming Events

Register Now

We have been invited to participate in the Upper Arlington Farmer’s Market this year on the first Wednesday of the month. Volunteers will be invited to join staff members at the booths to collect donations and distribute information about our mission. Sign up for June 2,  or July 7, 3:30 – 7:30 pm.

Schedule Changes

Please note these changes in regular volunteer shifts going forward:

  • Starting May 24, we will pick up our semi-monthly order from Mid-Ohio Foodbank at 3 pm. This means the unloading time now start at 3:30 pm. We expect we can unload everything by 5 pm.

Hopefully, this time change will allow more volunteers to participate.

We are working as a team to create a schedule for when there is a Monday holiday. We are hoping to create an alternative schedule that allows us to have the holiday off while still being prepared to serve clients on the following Tuesdays.

Our first trial run of this new plan will be for Memorial Day, May 31.  We understand not everyone will be able to make the change, but we will try this out for Memorial Day and see how it goes. We will cancel all shifts Monday, May 31 and add the following:

  • Friday, May 28, 11:30 am – 12:30pm Preshop Shift
  • Tuesday, June 1, 7:45 am – 8:30 am Direct Retail Pickup from Giant Eagle
  • Tuesday, June 1, 8:30-10:30am Stocking Shift

For our complete holiday closing schedule, please visit h2h.fcchurch.com/holidays2021

Shop to Support

Help provide for a family in need while shopping for yours! Enroll your Kroger Plus Card and a portion of your purchases will be donated to the Heart to Heart food pantry.

In the quarter beginning February 1 and ending April 30, 2021, 271 households were enrolled earning $1,132.49 for our mission!

Sign up on their website: Kroger.com/communityrewards
The Organization Number is: TB926 FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH

Volunteer Procedures

We are again in a time of transition as we move operations for the drive-thru back outside for warmer weather months. Please be patient as we revise procedures, as new equipment arrives, and while things are still unsettled. Note changes to our regular procedures below in bold

  • All volunteers should check in upon arrival in the kitchen of the main church building. Check-in will now be done on the iPad, rather than paper. This check-in process allows volunteers to review and agree to our Photo and Social Media Release, and for parents of minor volunteers to review and agree to our Minor Waiver. We can use the form to better access volunteer contact information in order to keep everyone up-to-date. Lastly, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case among volunteers and/or staff, this will allow for quicker and easier contact tracing.
  • Due to numerous safety concerns, all doors will remain locked until the assigned work time. A staff member will unlock the doors needed for each particular shift. Please enter through the kitchen door from the alleyway.
  • At the beginning of each new shift, Yohan will greet volunteers and give them each an assignment.
  • If there is an active thunderstorm in our area, we cannot safely operate the drive-thru. Should we find it necessary to close, we will notify all scheduled volunteers as soon as possible. We will also make an announcement on social media, a notification on our website, and a recording on our voicemail.

Full Pantry, Full Hearts

If you arrived here via a link from the weekly email, then you already know! Yohan Kim, our Heart to Heart Volunteer Coordinator, will include a roundup of sorts in our weekly email going forward. This snippet will include volunteer news from the week prior and for the upcoming week for our regular volunteers. For those of you unable to regularly volunteer, you can simply click the button at the bottom of his note to read the blog.

See you later, alligator!

Rev. Sarah Kientz has been leading the Wednesday night drive-thru volunteers since the shift started in November. Thanks to her leadership of the youth and young adult volunteers, we are able to serve more clients weekly by making our pantry more accessible. Sarah will be leaving us and heading to Camp Akita next week, where she will spend the summer with the staff and campers. We will see her back here in the fall to volunteer again. In the meantime, you’ll see Rev. Kate Shaner at the helm on Wednesday nights.

New Community Partner

We are excited to announce our newest partnership with Buckeye Vodka.

During their 10th anniversary, Buckeye Vodka is giving back to local communities in need. For each download of the brand’s special anniversary cocktail book, they will donate $5 to Heart to Heart! Show your support and learn more about our partnership here.

PantryTrak Training

This workshop will provide the fundamentals to get started with Pantry Trak at your agency. Participants with learn how to administer the intake process using Pantry Trak and will be guided on best practices for developing an efficient process in registering your clients. For agencies already using Pantry Trak, this workshop will be helpful as a refresher of the basics.

  • At this time there is no registration fee to attend – FREE!
  • Space is limited! No more than 35 individuals may register.
  • This session will be held via ZOOM MEETING. You will receive an email with the Zoom link 48 hours before the training.

Click here to register for the May 18th 10am to 11:30am session led by William Howard, Fresh Food Coordinator, Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

More info at www.midohiofoodbank.org/agency-360

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

In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.

May 8, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 27 on Tuesday, May 4
  • 8 on Wednesday, May 5
  • 24 on Thursday, May 6

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 40 on Wednesday, May 5

April 2021 Stats

Volunteer Needs

Here are the opportunities to serve at Heart to Heart next week. There a few time changes in our regular schedule (see below). Thanks for lending a hand! Click the lightbulb to sign up.

Monday, May 10
9:00 am – 10:30 am Stocking Shift (2)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm MOFB Truck Unloading (9)

Tuesday, May 11
7:45 am – 8:45 am MOFB Shop Thru (1)
8:30 am – 10:30 am Pantry Volunteer (4)
10:30 am -12:30 pm Pantry Volunteer (6)

Wednesday, May 12
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop Thru (1)
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Evening Prep (2)
4:00 pm Cardboard Recycling Pickup (1)
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm Pantry Volunteer (5)

Thursday, May 13
7:45 am – 8:45 am MOFB Shop Thru (1)
8:30 am – 10:30 am Pantry Volunteer (4)
10:30 am -12:30 pm Pantry Volunteer (7)

Friday, May 14
9:00 am – 9:30 am Direct Retail Pickup (1)
10:00 am -11:30 am Stocking (5)

Volunteer Procedures

We are again in a time of transition as we move operations for the drive-thru back outside for warmer weather months. Please be patient as we revise procedures, as new equipment arrives, and while things are still unsettled. Note changes to our regular procedures below in bold

  • All volunteers should check in upon arrival in the kitchen of the main church building. Check-in will now be done on the iPad, rather than paper. This check-in process allows volunteers to review and agree to our Photo and Social Media Release, and for parents of minor volunteers to review and agree to our Minor Waiver. We can use the form to better access volunteer contact information in order to keep everyone up-to-date. Lastly, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case among volunteers and/or staff, this will allow for quicker and easier contact tracing.
  • Due to numerous safety concerns, all doors will remain locked until the assigned work time. A staff member will unlock the doors needed for each particular shift. Please enter through the kitchen door from the alleyway.
  • At the beginning of each new shift, Yohan will greet volunteers and give them each an assignment.
  • Make yourself a nametag and wear it on your outermost layer.
  • Remember to dress appropriately for outdoor work (check the weather before you leave home). Closed-toe shoes are required.
  • Prior to your arrival, review the requirements/description of your volunteer activity online at h2h.fcchurch.com/volunteer-opportunities
  • All volunteers are required to sign up online using Sign-Up Genius.
  • We are asking all volunteers to review our COVID-19 Policy. Please do not come in if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness. Please notify the staff if you have recently volunteered at Heart to Heart and you’re currently being tested for COVID-19 or actively in quarantine. If you are unable to attend your assigned shift, let us know as soon as possible so we can fill the spot with another volunteer. You can do this by calling 614-488-0681 x203.
  • If there is an active thunderstorm in our area, we cannot safely operate the drive-thru. Should we find it necessary to close, we will notify all scheduled volunteers as soon as possible. We will also make an announcement on social media, a notification on our website, and a recording on our voicemail.

Schedule Changes

Please note these changes in regular volunteer shifts going forward:

  • Tue/Thu 10am-12:30pm (changed from 10:30-12:30). During Pantry Hours, we are asking the second shift to come in earlier to have time for a smooth transition.
  • Monday Mid-Ohio Foodbank Shop Thru is canceled.
  • Shop Thru will now take place Tue/Thu at 7:45 am, and Wed will remain at 1 pm.

We are working as a team to create a schedule for when there is a Monday holiday. We are hoping to create an alternative schedule that allows us to have the holiday off while still being prepared to serve clients on the following Tuesdays.

Our first trial run of this new plan will be for Memorial Day, May 31.  We understand not everyone will be able to make the change, but we will try this out for Memorial Day and see how it goes. We will cancel all shifts Monday, May 31 and add the following:

  • Friday, May 28, 11:30 am – 12:30pm Preshop Shift
  • Tuesday, June 1, 7:45 am – 8:30 am Direct Retail Pickup from Giant Eagle
  • Tuesday, June 1, 8:30-10:30am Stocking Shift

For our complete holiday closing schedule, please visit h2h.fcchurch.com/holidays2021

Shop to Support

Help provide for a family in need while shopping for yours! Enroll your Kroger Plus Card and a portion of your purchases will be donated to the Heart to Heart food pantry.

Sign up on their website: Kroger.com/communityrewards
The Organization Number is: TB926 FIRST COMMUNITY CHURCH

Training

All volunteers over 18 will be required to take this child sexual abuse prevention training by the end of the year. The suggested donation to cover course materials is $12. Class sizes are limited, and registration is online only. Click here to register.  Registration will close May 13 for the May 19 class and reopen on May 20 for the September 5 class.

Save the Date

More information coming soon!

Farmer's Market

We have been invited to participate in the Upper Arlington Farmer’s Market this year on the first Wednesday of the month June through October. Volunteers will be invited to join staff members at the booths to collect donations and distribute information about our mission.

PantryTrak Training

This workshop will provide the fundamentals to get started with Pantry Trak at your agency. Participants with learn how to administer the intake process using Pantry Trak and will be guided on best practices for developing an efficient process in registering your clients. For agencies already using Pantry Trak, this workshop will be helpful as a refresher of the basics.

  • At this time there is no registration fee to attend – FREE!
  • Space is limited! No more than 35 individuals may register.
  • This session will be held via ZOOM MEETING. You will receive an email with the Zoom link 48 hours before the training.

Click here to register for the May 18th 10am to 11:30am session led by William Howard, Fresh Food Coordinator, Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

More info at www.midohiofoodbank.org/agency-360

Food Safety

Virtual Food Safety is a terrific option especially during this time when we are not hosting in-person training’s through the Agency 360 program due to Stay At Home conditions and Social Distancing. Mid-Ohio Foodbank has teamed up with the OSU Extension office of Belmont County who previously has hosted Food Safety classes for our eastern agencies. With virtual training, all partners who require Food Safety 101, in all counties are able to participate.

Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number (Heart to Heart agency #1042).

  • At this time there is no registration fee to attend – FREE!
  • Space is limited! No more than 35 individuals may register.

Click here to register for the session on May 11th 1pm to 3pm, hosted by Lorrissa DunfeeOSU Extension Educator.

More info at www.midohiofoodbank.org/agency-360

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

In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.

April 2021 stats

By | Statistics

Unique Volunteers: 72

Service Statistics

  • Households Served: 333
  • Seniors Served: 163
  • Adults Served: 553
  • Children Served: 361
  • Individuals Served: 1,077
  • Meals Served: 9,693
  • Families Served by Drive-Thru Pantry: 229
  • Families Served by Pop-Up Pantry: 104

Food Received

  • First Community: 2,274 pounds
  • GiantEagle: 1,591 pounds
  • GFS: 35 pounds
  • Kroger: 331 pounds
  • Marc’s: 535 pounds
  • Penzey’s Spices: 89 pounds
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank: 12,181
    • Order: 7,541 pounds ($0)
    • Shop Thru: 4,640 pounds