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
1944 W. First Avenue Columbus, OH 43212
Monthly Archives

August 2021

August 2021 Stats

By | Statistics

Unique Volunteers: 52

Service Statistics

  • Households Served: 452
  • Seniors Served: 240
  • Adults Served: 775
  • Children Served: 533
  • Individuals Served: 1548
  • Meals Served: 13,932
  • Families Served by Drive-Thru Pantry: 327
  • Families Served by Pop-Up Pantry: 125

Food Received

  • First Community: 3,542 pounds
  • GiantEagle: 2,257 pounds
  • Marc’s: 541 pounds
  • Penzey’s Spices: 405 pounds
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank:
    • Order 6,860.12 pounds ($1,818.12)
    • Order 8,072.91 pounds ($2,289.88)
    • Shop Thru: 1,949 pounds

 

August 28, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 44 on Tuesday, August 24
  • 5 on Wednesday, August 25* (closed early due to weather)
  • 35 on Thursday, August 26

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 30 on Wednesday, August 25

Note to Volunteers

Volunteers using the lockbox: please note only 3 keys fit inside. If more than 3 keys are placed inside the lockbox, it will get jammed closed. Please be mindful of this when you are using the lockbox.

Volunteer Needs

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

Monday, August 30
9:00 – 10:30 Stocking (1)
11:30 – 1:00 Preshop (1)

Tuesday, August 31
8:30 – 10:30 Drive-Thru (2)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (5)

Wednesday, September 1
1:00 -2:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
3:00 – 4:30 Evening Prep Shift (5)
4:30 – 7:30 Drive-Thru (6)

Thursday, September 2
8:30 – 10:30 Drive-Thru (6)
8:00 – 9:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (7)

Friday, September 3
10:00 – 11:00 Cold Stocking (3)
11:30 – 12:30 Preshop (3)

News

Christmas Volunteers

Attention volunteers! We need a small group to organize and run this year’s Christmas program. We are open to alternative ideas as we are unable to hold the Christmas Presence event that we have in the past due to COVID-19. If you are interested in volunteering for the holiday team, please email HearttoHeart@FCchurch.com.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Ohio Benefits Training

Participants in this training will gain a better understanding of ways to connect eligible individuals to SNAP Benefits, including the ability to pre-screen and use Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Participants will be able to determine the right outreach strategy for their agency. Participants will discuss ways to connect clients to social Benefits such as SNAP/Medicaid/ and OWF. Participants will take away how to submit SNAP/ Medicaid/ OWF benefits using Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Best tips and tricks in navigating common barriers to assisting individuals.

  • 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 MEETINGS. You will receive an email with the Zoom link approx.48 hours before the training.

Click Here to register for Thursday, September 23, 10 am to 12 pm.

Advocacy and SNAP

Register today and join the conversation. Tim White, MOFC Advocacy Manager, and Juanita Burden, Director of Benefits and Customer Outreach, join forces in an open forum to discuss the State Budget and its effects on essential programs and benefits for your customers.

Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on the SNAP program. Learn how to help your customers be aware of available benefits and how to successfully navigate the application process. Bring your questions and prepare to engage!

Click here to register for Advocacy & SNAP September 16th 1:00pm to 2:30pm 

Pantry Trak/Fresh Trak

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.

Training will be held virtually via ZOOM. 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).

Click below to register:

Food Safety

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify food safety risks
  • Take appropriate action when someone has symptoms of foodborne illness or is diagnosed with a reportable disease
  • Follow good personal hygiene and hand care practices
  • Identify cross-contamination risks and methods for prevention
  • Implement effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Identify appropriate pest prevention measures and signs of pest infestations
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in compliance with regulations

Training will be held via ZOOM MEETING. 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)

Click below to register:

Upcoming Events at the Trading Post

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.

August 21, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 37 on Tuesday, August 17
  • 12 on Wednesday, August 18
  • 24 on Thursday, August 19

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 35 on Wednesday, August 18

Mask Mandate

Attention volunteers! We require masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. We strongly recommend wearing masks in the drive-thru, as well.

Volunteer Needs

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

Monday, August 23
9:00 – 10:30 am Stocking (1)
3:30 – 4:30 MOFB Truck Unload (7)

Tuesday, August 24
8:30 – 10:30 Drive-Thru (2)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (4)

Wednesday, August 25
1:00 -2:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
3:00 – 4:30 Evening Prep Shift (3)
4:30 – 7:30 Drive-Thru (5)

Thursday, August 26
8:30 – 10:30 Drive-Thru (1)
8:00 – 9:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (7)

Friday, August 27
10:00 – 11:00 Cold Stocking (3)

News

Garden Donations

CORRECTION! The previous version of this post neglected to name all the gardens and tagged the wrong 4H club.
Did you know? We are currently receiving produce from 8 (not 5) separate local garden groups. Thank you for your expertise, hard work, and generosity:
1. Share and Learn Garden at First Community North
2. Grandview Key Club’s Giving Garden at Wallace Community Gardens
3. Grandview 4H SPIN club’s summer garden at Wallace Community Gardens
4. Lincoln Village Community Garden at Westminster Presbyterian Church
5. Seeds of Hope garden at Covenant Presbyterian Church
6. Gardens at Edison Intermediate / Larry Larson Middle School in Grandview
7. Change the World Club
8. Rachel, a Mennonite gardener from out of town who sends us several boxes of tomatoes each week
We are so grateful to all of them for providing fresh produce for our clients!

Christmas Volunteers

Attention volunteers! We need a small group to organize and run this year’s Christmas program. We are open to alternative ideas as we are unable to hold the Christmas Presence event that we have in the past due to COVID-19. If you are interested in volunteering for the holiday team, please email HearttoHeart@FCchurch.com.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Ohio Benefits Training

Participants in this training will gain a better understanding of ways to connect eligible individuals to SNAP Benefits, including the ability to pre-screen and use Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Participants will be able to determine the right outreach strategy for their agency. Participants will discuss ways to connect clients to social Benefits such as SNAP/Medicaid/ and OWF. Participants will take away how to submit SNAP/ Medicaid/ OWF benefits using Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Best tips and tricks in navigating common barriers to assisting individuals.

  • 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 MEETINGS. You will receive an email with the Zoom link approx.48 hours before the training.

Click Here to register for Thursday, September 23, 10 am to 12 pm.

Advocacy and SNAP

Register today and join the conversation. Tim White, MOFC Advocacy Manager, and Juanita Burden, Director of Benefits and Customer Outreach, join forces in an open forum to discuss the State Budget and its effects on essential programs and benefits for your customers.

Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on the SNAP program. Learn how to help your customers be aware of available benefits and how to successfully navigate the application process. Bring your questions and prepare to engage!

Click here to register for Advocacy & SNAP September 16th 1:00pm to 2:30pm 

Pantry Trak/Fresh Trak

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.

Training will be held virtually via ZOOM. 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).

Click below to register:

Food Safety

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify food safety risks
  • Take appropriate action when someone has symptoms of foodborne illness or is diagnosed with a reportable disease
  • Follow good personal hygiene and hand care practices
  • Identify cross-contamination risks and methods for prevention
  • Implement effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Identify appropriate pest prevention measures and signs of pest infestations
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in compliance with regulations

Training will be held via ZOOM MEETING. 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)

Click below to register:

Upcoming Events at the Trading Post

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.

August 14, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 34 on Tuesday, August 10
  • 5 on Wednesday, August 11
  • 29 on Thursday, August 12

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 23 on Wednesday, August 11

Volunteer Needs

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

Monday, August 16
3:30 – 4:30 MOFB Truck Unloading

Tuesday, August 17
8:30 – 10:30 Drive-Thru (1)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (1)

Wednesday, August 18
1:00 -2:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
3:00 – 4:30 Evening Prep Shift (2)
4:30 – 7:30 Drive-Thru (2)

Thursday, August 19
8:00 – 9:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (3)

News

Pop UPdate

The Pop Up Pantry team delivered food directly to clients and their families at the following agency sites during the month of July:

  • July 7:        Commons at Livingston- 38 clients
  • July 14:      Southpoint Village Apartments-34 clients
  • July 21:      Hope Recovery Services-30 clients
  • July 28:     Commons at Grant- 30 clients

Monthly totals for 2021:

  • January       144
  • February     135
  • March         121
  • April            130
  • May             127
  • June            124
  • July              132

We are continuing to work with potential agency sites for the expansion of the Pop Up Pantry on Thursday afternoons.  Our newest expansion site, Wedgewood Village Apartments, has been on hold due to staffing issues.  In the meantime, we are working with another agency, Franklinton Farms, to onboard in early September.

We are blessed by our Pop Up Pantry team members who continue to serve our clients each week.  We are grateful that Kitty Rohrer will be returning to our team after taking a break to do some contingent work for the state and getting ready to move from her home of over 40 years.  We are praying for our co-lead, Melody Smiley, who is caring for her husband, Matt, at home.

We will continue to provide updates as we move forward with our expansion plans.  We are grateful for the opportunity each week to serve families with food insecurity and continue our outreach ministry of the church.

Mask Mandate

Attention volunteers! We again will require masks indoors regardless of vaccination status beginning immediately. We strongly recommend wearing masks in the drive-thru, as well.

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 May 1 and ending July 31, 2021, 264 households were enrolled earning $1,129.40 for our mission!

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

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Ohio Benefits Training

Participants in this training will gain a better understanding of ways to connect eligible individuals to SNAP Benefits, including the ability to pre-screen and use Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Participants will be able to determine the right outreach strategy for their agency. Participants will discuss ways to connect clients to social Benefits such as SNAP/Medicaid/ and OWF. Participants will take away how to submit SNAP/ Medicaid/ OWF benefits using Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Best tips and tricks in navigating common barriers to assisting individuals.

  • 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 MEETINGS. You will receive an email with the Zoom link approx.48 hours before the training.

Click Here to register for Thursday, September 23, 10 am to 12 pm.

Advocacy and SNAP

Register today and join the conversation. Tim White, MOFC Advocacy Manager, and Juanita Burden, Director of Benefits and Customer Outreach, join forces in an open forum to discuss the State Budget and its effects on essential programs and benefits for your customers.

Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on the SNAP program. Learn how to help your customers be aware of available benefits and how to successfully navigate the application process. Bring your questions and prepare to engage!

Click here to register for Advocacy & SNAP September 16th 1:00pm to 2:30pm 

Pantry Trak/Fresh Trak

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.

Training will be held virtually via ZOOM. 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).

Click below to register:

Food Safety

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify food safety risks
  • Take appropriate action when someone has symptoms of foodborne illness or is diagnosed with a reportable disease
  • Follow good personal hygiene and hand care practices
  • Identify cross-contamination risks and methods for prevention
  • Implement effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Identify appropriate pest prevention measures and signs of pest infestations
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in compliance with regulations

Training will be held via ZOOM MEETING. 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)

Click below to register:

Upcoming Events at the Trading Post

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.

Volunteer of the Month: August 2021

By | Volunteer

Jiwon Son

I have been volunteering in Heart to Heart for about two months now. I am trying to come every Tuesday and Thursday, staying as long as I can. It’s a great pleasure that I get to serve others. I enjoy being here with all these great people.

August 7, 2021

By | Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 27 on Tuesday, August 3
  • 13 on Wednesday, August 4
  • 29 on Thursday, August 5

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 37 on Wednesday, August 4
July 2021 Statistics

Volunteer Needs

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

Monday, August 9
3:30 – 4:30 MOFB Truck Unloading

Tuesday, August 10
8:30 – 10:30 Drive-Thru (1)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (1)

Wednesday, August 11
1:00 -2:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
3:00 – 4:30 Evening Prep Shift (2)
4:30 – 7:30 Drive-Thru (2)

Thursday, August 4
8:00 – 9:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
10:00 – 12:30 Drive-Thru (3)

News

Mask Mandate

Attention volunteers! We again will require masks indoors regardless of vaccination status beginning immediately. We strongly recommend wearing masks in the drive-thru, as well.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Ohio Benefits Training

Participants in this training will gain a better understanding of ways to connect eligible individuals to SNAP Benefits, including the ability to pre-screen and use Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Participants will be able to determine the right outreach strategy for their agency. Participants will discuss ways to connect clients to social Benefits such as SNAP/Medicaid/ and OWF. Participants will take away how to submit SNAP/ Medicaid/ OWF benefits using Ohio Benefits Self Service Portal. Best tips and tricks in navigating common barriers to assisting individuals.

  • 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 MEETINGS. You will receive an email with the Zoom link approx.48 hours before the training.

Click Here to register for Thursday, September 23, 10 am to 12 pm.

Volunteer of the Month

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.

July 2021 Stats

By | Statistics

Unique Volunteers: 74

Service Statistics

  • Households Served: 397
  • Seniors Served: 209
  • Adults Served: 640
  • Children Served: 422
  • Individuals Served: 1,271
  • Meals Served: 11,439
  • Families Served by Drive-Thru Pantry: 278
  • Families Served by Pop-Up Pantry: 119

Food Received

  • First Community: 519 pounds
  • GiantEagle: 2357 pounds
  • Marc’s:  571 pounds
  • Penzey’s Spices: 83 pounds
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank: 14,867 pounds
    • Order: 12,023 pounds ($2,240.20)
    • Shop Thru: 2844  pounds