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

November 2021

November 20, 2021

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Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 43 on Tuesday, November 16
  • 47 on Thursday, November 18

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 36 on Wednesday, November 17

Next Week

Tuesday, November 23
We are open and will be serving clients in the drive-thru

Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26
We are closed for both clients and volunteers

Monday, November 29
Regular volunteer shifts resume at 9:30 am

Tuesday, November 30
Regular drive-thru service hours resume at 9:00 am

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed next week for the following shifts:

Monday, November 15
9:00 am-10:30 am Direct Retail Pickup (1)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MOFB Truck Unloading (6)*

Tuesday, November 16
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (2)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (6)

Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25
Happy Thanksgiving!

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* Please note this is a different time of day than normal due to MOFB hours. This change is temporary through the end of the year.

Holiday Help

Read the announcement here.

Client applications will be accepted until December 5. Those interested in sponsoring families can let us know by December 15. We are in need of at least 20 more sponsors!

Shop Thru Volunteers Needed

If you’re interested in helping Heart to Heart food pantry, please consider our Shop Thru volunteer slot. This is an opportunity provided by Mid-Ohio Food Collective for partner agencies to pick up additional products and fresh produce at no additional cost. This is our main source of produce for the drive-thru. We are looking for more volunteers and are open to make this work for your schedule! Contact Yohan Kim for more details (ykim@fcchurch.com).

Volunteer Training Opportunities

PantryTrak 2.0

If you’ve already mastered client check-in while volunteering with us, we have an opportunity to learn even more about FreshTrak (or as we call it, PantryTrak). On December 7 at 10 am, Mid-Ohio Foodbank will host a virtual FreshTrak 2.0 training. This will take a deeper dive into the application and you will learn more about all the bells and whistles.

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. Ohio Benefits Training December 9 at 10 am.

More details and registration are available at mofc.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.

November 13, 2021

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 38 on Tuesday, November 9
  • 47 on Thursday, November 11

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 17 on Wednesday, November 10

We've Moved!

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed next week for the following shifts:

Monday, November 15
9:00 am-10:30 am Direct Retail Pickup (1)
10:30 am – 11:30 am Set Up Shift (2)

Tuesday, November 16
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (3)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (2)

Wednesday, November 17
1:00 – 2:00pm MOFB Shop Thru (1)

Thursday, November 18
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (3)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (5)

Friday, November 19
10:00am – 11:00am Cold Stocking Shift (3)

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News

Shop Thru Volunteers Needed

If you’re interested in helping Heart to Heart food pantry, please consider our Shop Thru volunteer slot. This is an opportunity provided by Mid-Ohio Food Collective for partner agencies to pick up additional products and fresh produce at no additional cost. This is our main source of produce for the drive-thru. We are looking for more volunteers and are open to make this work for your schedule! Contact Yohan Kim for more details (ykim@fcchurch.com).

Kroger Community Rewards

Through the Community Rewards program, Kroger makes a contribution to Heart to Heart every time you shop. In the quarter beginning August 1, 2021 and ending October 31, 2021 we earned $1074.98 from the 268 participating households.

Enroll your Kroger customer loyalty card in the program today. Visit https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards and choose Organization #TB926 (First Community Church).

See how much your participation earned for us last quarter!

Volunteer Training Opportunities

PantryTrak 2.0

If you’ve already mastered client check-in while volunteering with us, we have an opportunity to learn even more about FreshTrak (or as we call it, PantryTrak). On December 7 at 10 am, Mid-Ohio Foodbank will host a virtual FreshTrak 2.0 training. This will take a deeper dive into the application and you will learn more about all the bells and whistles.

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. Ohio Benefits Training December 9 at 10 am.

More details and registration are available at mofc.org/agency-360

Pop UPdate

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

  • October 6:          Commons at Livingston-37 clients
  • October 7:           Franklinton Farms-15 clients
  • October 13:         Hope Recovery Services-30 clients
  • October 20:         Southpoint Village Apartments-36 clients
  • October 27:         Commons at Grant-30 clients
  • October 28:         Riverview International Center-30 clients

Monthly totals for 2021:

  • January 144
  • February 135
  • March 121
  • April 130
  • May 127
  • June 124
  • July 132
  • August 132
  • September 150
  • October 178

We continue to identify potential agency sites and new volunteers for the expansion of our Pop Up Pantry on Thursday afternoons. This month, we completed the initial delivery for our second Thursday afternoon site, Riverview International Center.

Our expansion would not be possible without our dedicated team of volunteers, including those who drive the van to our sites:  Glenn Zook, Steve Young, Mark Tucker, and Boyce Lancaster.  In October, Les Sauer joined our team of drivers to assist our newest site, Riverview International Center, on the 4th Thursday of every month.   They serve a critical role in ensuring we can serve many clients and families at our agency sites.

Other volunteers currently assisting the Pop Up Pantry are Cathy Wheaton, Katie Halley, Carol Bramschreiber, and Bruce and Ellen Crouthamel.

The Christmas toy and gift drive for our families at Southpoint Village Apartments is underway!   “Wish Lists” of gifts for 110 children have been received.  We look forward to working with Wickliffe Elementary School and church members again this year who, through their generosity, will be making Christmas wishes come true for these children.

We continue to feel blessed by the ongoing support of our wonderful volunteers and our church in continuing to grow this outreach ministry of Heart to Heart.

Current donations total $7,360!

Holiday Help

Read the announcement here.

We will continue to match families and sponsors through December 15 (extended from the previously published November 17 cut-off date).

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.

November 6, 2021

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 37 on Tuesday, November 2
  • 34 on Thursday, November 4

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 37 on Wednesday, November 3

Monthly Statistics

Read our monthly service and volunteer statistics from October here.

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed next week for the following shifts:

Monday, November 8
9:00 am-10:30 am Direct Retail Pickup (1)
MOFB Truck Unload (5)

Tuesday, November 9
8:00-9:00 MOFB Shop Thru (1)
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (5)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (5)

Wednesday, November 10
1:00 – 2:00pm MOFB Shop Thru (1)

Thursday, November 11
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (3)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (3)

Friday, November 12
10:00am – 11:00am Cold Stocking Shift (3)
10:00am- 11:30am Preshop (3)
11:00am-1:00pm Move out of tent into Crane Ctr (10)

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News

Heart to Heart Sunday

Join Heart to Heart for worship at First Community Church on Sunday, November 7. Worship times as follows:

In worship, we will hear from Heart to Heart volunteers, supporters, and employees about the work of the food pantry. A special offering will also be taken to support our ministry. Because of the generosity of our anonymous donor, all of the monetary donations received will be matched up to $20,000. See below for details.

We also need volunteers for that Sunday’s food drive (see right). If you want to help receive, transport, and unload food donations, please visit our sign-up genius.

Shop Thru Volunteers Needed

If you’re interested in helping Heart to Heart food pantry, please consider our Shop Thru volunteer slot. This is an opportunity provided by Mid-Ohio Food Collective for partner agencies to pick up additional products and fresh produce at no additional cost. This is our main source of produce for the drive-thru. We are looking for more volunteers and are open to make this work for your schedule! Contact Yohan Kim for more details (ykim@fcchurch.com).

Moving Next Friday

We still need volunteers to help us move into the Crane Center next Friday. The tent will be leaving the property shortly after. We are looking for people that can do the heavy lifting and carrying next Friday, Nov 12. We will be moving most of the equipment from the tent into the niche outside Burkhart Chapel for storage. Every week we will set up Monday and tear down Thursday so the space can be used for other activities over the weekend. Sign up here to volunteer.

Current donations total $3,095!

Read the announcement here.

Donate online here.

Holiday Help

Read the announcement here.

We will continue to match families and sponsors through December 15 (extended from the previously published November 17 cut-off date).

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.

October 2021 Stats

By Statistics

Unique Volunteers: 59

Service Statistics

  • Households Served: 476
  • Seniors Served: 254
  • Adults Served: 775
  • Children Served: 708
  • Individuals Served: 1737
  • Meals Served: 15633
  • Families Served by Drive-Thru Pantry: 328
  • Families Served by Pop-Up Pantry: 148

Food Received

  • First Community: 2289 pounds
  • GiantEagle: 1817 pounds
  • Marc’s: 352 pounds
  • Penzey’s Spices: 164 pounds
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank:
    • Order 15,693 pounds ($1,446.11)
    • Shop Thru: 2880 pounds