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Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 102
Administrator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Volunteer Coordinator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
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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

May 2022

May 27, 2022

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 56 on Tuesday, May 24
  • # on Thursday, May 26

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 28 on Wednesday, May 25

Closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30

Full List of 2022 Closures

Dates Changed

Due to holidays and MOFB inventory closings, we have altered our normal order dates. We will be getting orders on the following days:

  • Monday, June 6 3:30-5:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 22 3:30-5:00pm

Volunteer Next Week

We still need help with some shifts next week. The number of volunteers needed is indicated in parathesis after the shift time and description.

Tuesday, May 31
8:30 – 10:30  am Drive-Thru (2)
10:00 – 12:30  pm Drive-Thru (3)

Wednesday, June 1
1:00 – 2:00 pm Mid-Ohio Foodbank Shop Thru (1)

Thursday, June 2
8:30 – 10:30  am Drive-Thru (3)
10:00 – 12:30  pm Drive-Thru (4)

Friday, June 3
9:30 – 10:30 am  Cold Stocking Shift (2)
9:30 – 10:30 am  Preshop Shift (3)

Click here to sign up

Upcoming Events

Columbus Arts Festival

For the past few years, we have participated in the Columbus Arts Festival, staffing a beverage booth selling water and soda. In return for our service, the festival donates a part of their proceeds to Heart to Heart. We also collect tips at the booth which are ours to keep! Altogether, we earn between $1,000 and $1,500 per year.

This year, we will again be selling water and soda at the Columbus Arts Festival, June 10-12. Yohan will be setting up the booth Friday, Kate will be working all day Saturday, and Amy will close up shop on Friday! We’ll need cashiers, stockers, and leads/talkers. Cashiers must be comfortable with cash handling and technology (iPads and Square). Stocking involves heavy lifting. Volunteers with work with Heart to Heart staff, hand out items, and talk to customers about the pantry. All should be prepared for hot weather.

Please sign up to join us!

Gardening Project

Join the youth team for Family Sunday Missions, a chance for kids and the grown-ups they love to come together with others to connect, hear a short lesson, and do a Midweek Missions style hands-on service project. Children of all ages and abilities and their grown-up/s are invited to gather for this casual program to learn, serve and socialize.

On June 5, the group with gather at First Community South in the parking lot at 10am. We will be doing a gardening project for Heart to Heart. Bring your gardening gloves and a trowel!

Register here!

World Hunger Day

Did you know today is World Hunger Awareness day? In 2011 this day was designated by @TheHungerProject to create awareness about the 815 million people across the globe who are living in chronic hunger. The day also aims to celebrate the sustainable solution to hunger and poverty. Learn more online here: http://worldhungerday.org/

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.

Ohio Benefits Training
June 30, 10 am

Visit mofc.org/agency-360 for registration information

Darkness to Light

This training class is provided by Nationwide Children’s Hosptial. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaciors. The training combines two 45 minute video sessions filled with real people and real stores along with a 30-minute virtual discussion about protecting children. During the discussion, you’ll receive a list of local resources to support healthy, happy kids.

Stewards of Children
June 18, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Visit FamilySafetyandHealing.org for registration information

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 21, 2022

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 37 on May 17
  • 43 on May 19

Households served via Pop-up

  • 34 on May 18 at Southpoint Village Apartments

Volunteer Opportunities

We still need help with some shifts next week. The number of volunteers needed is indicated in parenthesis after the shift time and description.

Sign Up

Click logo to sign up

Monday, May 23
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm MOFB Order Unloading (6)

Tuesday, May 24
10:00 am – 12:30 am Drive-Thru (3)

Wednesday, May 25
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (5)

Thursday, May 26
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (5)

Friday, May 27
9:30 am – 10:30 am  Cold Stocking (2)
10:00 am – 11:30 am Preshop (4)
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Stocking (5)

Monday, May 30
Closed for Memorial Day

The Share and Learn Garden at First Community North sits on the property behind the Mary Evans Child Development Center. All the produce grown at the garden comes directly to Heart to Heart. If you’re interested in joining the regular gardeners, that usually meet on Tuesday mornings, get in touch with Kate Paulson!

MOFB Order Monday

Please note

Due to holidays and MOFB inventory closings, we have altered our normal order dates. We will be getting orders on the following days:

  • Monday, June 6 3:30-5:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 22 3:30-5:00pm

Kroger Community Rewards

Through the Community Rewards program, Kroger makes a contribution to Heart to Heart every time you shop. In the quarter beginning February 1, 2022 to April 20, 2022 we earned $1090.15 from the 262 participating households.

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

See how much your participation earned for us last quarter!

Upcoming Events

Family Gardening Project

Join the youth team for Family Sunday Missions, a chance for kids and the grown-ups they love to come together with others to connect, hear a short lesson, and do a Midweek Missions style hands-on service project. Children of all ages and abilities and their grown-up/s are invited to gather for this casual program to learn, serve and socialize.

On June 5, the group with gather at First Community South in the parking lot at 10am. We will be doing a gardening project for Heart to Heart. Bring your gardening gloves and a trowel!

Register here!

Art Festival Beverage Booth Volunteers

For the past few years, we have participated in the Columbus Arts Festival, staffing a beverage booth selling water and soda. In return for our service, the festival donates a part of their proceeds to Heart to Heart. We also collect tips at the booth which are ours to keep! Altogether, we earn between $1,000 and $1,500 per year.

This year, we will again be selling water and soda at the Columbus Arts Festival, June 10-12. Yohan will be setting up the booth Friday, Kate will be working all day Saturday, and Amy will close up shop on Friday! We’ll need cashiers, stockers, and leads/talkers. Cashiers must be comfortable with cash handling and technology (iPads and Square). Stocking involves heavy lifting. Volunteers with work with Heart to Heart staff, hand out items, and talk to customers about the pantry. All should be prepared for hot weather.

Volunteer Education Opportunities

Fresh Trak Beyond the Basics

PantryTrak was developed to make customer check in quick and easy so that our agencies could focus on what is most important – those you serve. PantryTrak is more than an intake software, though. Over the years, it has grown to include several exciting features that most agencies are not aware of. This workshop will expand your knowledge of the PantryTrak system and help you unlock even more tools that can maximize your service potential. Participants will learn how to access deeper layers of data, manage the FreshTrak reservation system, and how to troubleshoot your services to ensure 100% accuracy. You must register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name (Heart to Heart #1042). Training will be held via Zoom.

Fresh Trak 2.0
May 24, 2 pm

Visit mofc.org/agency-360 for registration information

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.

Ohio Benefits Training
May 24, 2 pm

Visit mofc.org/agency-360 for registration information

Darkness to Light

This training class is provided by Nationwide Children’s Hosptial. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaciors. The training combines two 45 minute video sessions filled with real people and real stores along with a 30-minute virtual discussion about protecting children. During the discussion, you’ll receive a list of local resources to support healthy, happy kids.

Stewards of Children
June 18, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Visit FamilySafetyandHealing.org for registration information

May 14, 2022

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 40 on May 10
  • 54 on May 12

Households served via Pop-up

Volunteer Opportunities

We still need help with some shifts next week. The number of volunteers needed is indicated in parenthesis after the shift time and description.

Sign Up

Click logo to sign up

Monday, May 16
8:45 am – 9:30 am Cold Stocking (1)
9:30 am – 10:30 am MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
9:30 am – 11 am Stocking & Setup (2)

Tuesday, May 17
8:30 am – 10:00  pm Drive-Thru (1)
10:00 am – 12:30 am Drive-Thru (5)

Wednesday, May 18
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (3)

Thursday, May 19
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (6)

Friday, May 20
9:30 am – 10:30 am  Cold Stocking (2)
10:00 am – 11:30 am Preshop (4)

Upcoming Events

Family Gardening Project

Join the youth team for Family Sunday Missions, a chance for kids and the grown-ups they love to come together with others to connect, hear a short lesson, and do a Midweek Missions style hands-on service project. Children of all ages and abilities and their grown-up/s are invited to gather for this casual program to learn, serve and socialize.

On June 5, the group with gather at First Community South in the parking lot at 10am. We will be doing a gardening project for Heart to Heart. Bring your gardening gloves and a trowel!

Register here!

Art Festival Beverage Booth Volunteers

For the past few years, we have participated in the Columbus Arts Festival, staffing a beverage booth selling water and soda. In return for our service, the festival donates a part of their proceeds to Heart to Heart. We also collect tips at the booth which are ours to keep! Altogether, we earn between $1,000 and $1,500 per year.

This year, we will again be selling water and soda at the Columbus Arts Festival, June 10-12. Yohan will be setting up the booth Friday, Kate will be working all day Saturday, and Amy will close up shop on Friday! We’ll need cashiers, stockers, and leads/talkers. Cashiers must be comfortable with cash handling and technology (iPads and Square). Stocking involves heavy lifting. Volunteers with work with Heart to Heart staff, hand out items, and talk to customers about the pantry. All should be prepared for hot weather.

Volunteer Education Opportunities

Fresh Trak Beginner Basics

This workshop will provide the fundamentals to get started with FreshTrak at your agency. Participants with learn how to administer the intake process using FreshTrak and will be guided on best practices for developing an efficient process in registering your clients. For agencies already using FreshTrak, this workshop will be helpful as a refresher of the basics. You must register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name (Heart to Heart #1042). Training will be held via Zoom.

Fresh Trak 
May 18, 2 pm

Visit mofc.org/agency-360 for registration information

Fresh Trak Beyond the Basics

PantryTrak was developed to make customer check in quick and easy so that our agencies could focus on what is most important – those you serve. PantryTrak is more than an intake software, though. Over the years, it has grown to include several exciting features that most agencies are not aware of. This workshop will expand your knowledge of the PantryTrak system and help you unlock even more tools that can maximize your service potential. Participants will learn how to access deeper layers of data, manage the FreshTrak reservation system, and how to troubleshoot your services to ensure 100% accuracy. You must register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name (Heart to Heart #1042). Training will be held via Zoom.

Fresh Trak 2.0
May 24, 2 pm

Visit mofc.org/agency-360 for registration information

Darkness to Light

This training class is provided by Nationwide Children’s Hosptial. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaciors. The training combines two 45 minute video sessions filled with real people and real stores along with a 30-minute virtual discussion about protecting children. During the discussion, you’ll receive a list of local resources to support healthy, happy kids.

Stewards of Children
June 18, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Visit FamilySafetyandHealing.org for registration information

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May 7, 2022

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 45 on May 3
  • 37 on May 5

Households served via Pop-up

  • 31 on April 28
  • 35 on May 4

Volunteer Opportunities

We still need help with some shifts next week. The number of volunteers needed is indicated in parenthesis after the shift time and description.

Sign Up

Also on Sign-Up Genius:
-Volunteer for the Diaper Drive Sunday
-June sign up is now available
-Volunteer for the Columbus Art Festival Beverage Booth

Monday, May 9
8:45 am – 9:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
9:30 am – 10:30 am MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
9:30 am – 11 am Stocking & Setup (2)
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm MOFB Order Unload (6)

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

Wednesday, May 11
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (2)

Thursday, May 12
8:00 am – 9:00 am MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
8:30 am – 10:00  pm Drive-Thru (2)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (4)

Friday, May 13
9:30am – 10:30am  Cold Stocking (2)

Upcoming Events

Diaper Drive

Family Gardening Project

Join the youth team for Family Sunday Missions, a chance for kids and the grown-ups they love to come together with others to connect, hear a short lesson, and do a Midweek Missions style hands-on service project. Children of all ages and abilities and their grown-up/s are invited to gather for this casual program to learn, serve and socialize.

On June 5, the group with gather at First Community South in the parking lot at 10am. We will be doing a gardening project for Heart to Heart. Bring your gardening gloves and a trowel!

Register here!

Art Festival Beverage Booth Volunteers

For the past few years, we have participated in the Columbus Arts Festival, staffing a beverage booth selling water and soda. In return for our service, the festival donates a part of their proceeds to Heart to Heart. We also collect tips at the booth which are ours to keep! Altogether, we earn between $1,000 and $1,500 per year.

This year, we will again be selling water and soda at the Columbus Arts Festival, June 10-12. Yohan will be setting up the booth Friday, Kate will be working all day Saturday, and Amy will close up shop on Friday! We’ll need cashiers, stockers, and leads/talkers. Cashiers must be comfortable with cash handling and technology (iPads and Square). Stocking involves heavy lifting. Volunteers with work with Heart to Heart staff, hand out items, and talk to customers about the pantry. All should be prepared for hot weather.

Volunteer Education Opportunities

Food Safety Training

All agencies are required to be certified once every 3 years. Now is a good time to check and see if your certification is still good or will it need to be renewed this year. This 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 (Heart to Heart #1042).

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

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

Food Safety Training
May 12, 10 am

Visit mofc.org/agency-360 for registration information

Fresh Trak Beginner Basics

This workshop will provide the fundamentals to get started with FreshTrak at your agency. Participants with learn how to administer the intake process using FreshTrak and will be guided on best practices for developing an efficient process in registering your clients. For agencies already using FreshTrak, this workshop will be helpful as a refresher of the basics. You must register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name (Heart to Heart #1042). Training will be held via Zoom.

Fresh Trak 
May 18, 2 pm

Visit mofc.org/agency-360 for registration information

Fresh Trak Beyond the Basics

PantryTrak was developed to make customer check in quick and easy so that our agencies could focus on what is most important – those you serve. PantryTrak is more than an intake software, though. Over the years, it has grown to include several exciting features that most agencies are not aware of. This workshop will expand your knowledge of the PantryTrak system and help you unlock even more tools that can maximize your service potential. Participants will learn how to access deeper layers of data, manage the FreshTrak reservation system, and how to troubleshoot your services to ensure 100% accuracy. You must register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name (Heart to Heart #1042). Training will be held via Zoom.

Fresh Trak 2.0
May 24, 2 pm

Visit mofc.org/agency-360 for registration information

Darkness to Light

This training class is provided by Nationwide Children’s Hosptial. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaciors. The training combines two 45 minute video sessions filled with real people and real stores along with a 30-minute virtual discussion about protecting children. During the discussion, you’ll receive a list of local resources to support healthy, happy kids.

Stewards of Children
June 18, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Visit FamilySafetyandHealing.org for registration information

Pop UPdate: April 2022

By Pupdate

The Pop Up Pantry team delivered food directly to families at the following agency sites during the month of April:

  • April 6:    Commons at Livingston-35
  • April 13:   Southpoint Village-34
  • April 20:   Hope Resource Center -35
  • April 27:   Commons at Grant-28
  • April 28:   Riverview International Center-30

Monthly totals for 2022:

  • January 161
  • February 159
  • March 154
  • April 162

Our Pop Up Panty continues to be blessed by the generosity of Richard Jacob, who purchases and donates a variety of items each week for Heart to Heart and the Trading Post.   Families at our Pop Up Pantry agency sites have greatly appreciated the personal care items donated by Richard.  We are grateful for Richard and his service to our many families.

We are happy to have Melody Smiley back at the pantry this month.  Boyce Lancaster is recovering from recent surgery and we look forward to his return in the near future. Kitty Rohrer is taking time away during April and May due to a work commitment.

Our Pop Up Pantry founding team members spoke about “Our Journey” at Guild RSZ’s meeting on April 11. The presentation was very well received and we hope to share this ministry through speaking with other church and community groups.

In May, our Pop Up Pantry will be delivering food to our agency sites on the following dates:

  • May 4:    11a-2p, Commons at Livingston (1st Wednesday)
  • May 11:   10a-2p, Hope Resource Center (2nd Wednesday)
  • May 12:   12:30p-3:30p, Franklinton Farms (2nd Thursday)-Tentative
  • May 18:   11a-2p, Southpoint Village (3rd Wednesday)
  • May 25:   11a-2p, Commons at Grant (4th Wednesday)
  • May 26:   12:30p-3:30p, Riverview International Center (4th Thursday)

Every year our Pop Up Pantry team will be rotating one of its Volunteer Co-Lead roles. This will enable us to enhance teamwork and continuity of services among our volunteers.  As such, Rose Kandel will be replacing Janice Rook as Co-Lead beginning next month.

We continue to be blessed by the commitment, teamwork and flexibility of our volunteers to this outreach ministry.

April 2022 Stats

By Statistics

Service Statistics

  • Households Served: 582
  • Seniors Served: 267
  • Adults Served: 1026
  • Children Served: 814
  • Individuals Served: 2,107
  • Meals Served: 18,963
  • Families Served by Drive-Thru Pantry: 419
  • Families Served by Pop-Up Pantry: 163

Food Received
(in pounds)

  • First Community Church: 3,181
  • Giant Eagle: 1,864
  • Marc’s: 444
  • Penzey’s Spices: 45
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank: 18,708
    • Order: 15,540 ($2344.87)
    • Shop Thru: 3,168

 

Volunteer of the Month: May 2022

By Volunteer

Rebecca Ryan

I am thrilled to be volunteer of the moth.  A few years ago when my daughter left for college, and my son left to live in Spain, I had a huge hole in my heart.  I had spent a lot of time volunteering with their school activities, so I needed to find a new volunteer job.  Thankfully, Sarah and Yohan found an opportunity for me to volunteer on Wednesday evenings with the church youth, which fit with my work schedule.  Working with Sarah, Yohan, Jimmy, (leaders) and the youth Nathan, David, Skylar, Bella and many other amazing kids, we have so much fun filling the grocery bags for the pantry.  We play music and sing.  These kids work so hard, and I am so impressed by them.  They  give me so much hope for the future of our church, and the world.  I have this quote saved at home, from a newsletter sent out by Dr. Wing, and I believe it to be true “The happiest people are those who have sought and found how to serve” by Albert Schweitzer. Helping on Wednesday truly makes me happy.