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Volunteer Coordinator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
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Thursdays 9am to 12pm
First Community South
1944 W. First Avenue Columbus, OH 43212
Monthly Archives

September 2022

September 24, 2022

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Weekly Update

Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 65 on Tuesday, September 20
  • 52 on Thursday, September 22

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 35 on Wednesday, September 14
  • 37 on Wednesday, September 21

Donations

Increasing demand makes it more difficult to keep certain items on our shelves. Please consider making a donation of these items to the food pantry: peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti noodles and sauce, pancake mix and syrup, cereal and shelf-stable milk. More info on how to make donations at h2h.fcchurch.com/donate

Volunteers

Monday, September 26
8:30 – 9:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
9:00 – 10:00 am MOFB Shop Thru (1)
9:30 – 11:00 am Dry Stocking (4)

Tuesday, September 27
8:30 – 10:30 am Drive-Thru (4)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive -Thru (1)

Wednesday, September 28
1:00 – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop Thru (1)

Thursday, September 29
8:00 – 9:00 am MOFB Shop Thru (1)
8:30 – 10:20 am Drive- Thru (3)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (1)

Friday, September 30
9:30 – 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Preshop (1)

Click here to sign up

Volunteer Education Event

Olivia Montgomery

Equity Practitioner

On Thursday evening, about 30 of us gathered in the Weist Room at First Community South for an introductory training on intersectionality, equity, implicit bias, microaggressions and trauma-informed care.

The evening started with a prayer from Dr. Glen Miles and introductions by Seth Stearns, Executive Director of Operations at First Community. We were then guided through an enlightening activity called a Privilege Walk. After this powerful experience, we learned about the concepts in a presentation by Olivia and her guest presenter, Shakarra Touray.  After their presentation concluded, Yohan reviewed our basic Civil Rights guidelines for operating under the USDA.

The evening was informative and enlightening and one we will not soon forget. If you were unable to join us but want to learn more, please visit the links below. We have included not only Olivia’s presentation, which is full of links to more educational resources, but a link to the handouts from the evening. If you joined us Thursday, please look for an email next week for an opportunity to provide feedback on the event.

Presentation: Centering Compassion
Recognizing Microaggressions
Interrupting Microaggressions
USDA Civil Rights Training

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 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.
Heart to Heart is Agency #1042
September 29, 10am
More Info | Register 

FreshTrak Training

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.

Heart to Heart is Agency #1042
October 20, 2pm
More Info |
Register

Advocacy 101

Register today and join the conversation. Mid-Ohio Food Collective’s Tim White- Director, Government Relations and Advocacy, and Hallie Carirno – Grassroots Government Relations Specialist will lead the  open forum discussion as you-

  • Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on the SNAP program.
  • Dive into the issues both state and federal which impact foodbanks and pantries; from funding to regulatory oversight.
Heart to Heart is Agency #1042
October 25, 10 am
More Info |
Register

FreshTrak Training

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.

Heart to Heart is Agency #1042
November 15, 10am
More Info |
Register

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 9

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: September 2022

By Volunteer

Kevin Orsini

My wife and I had been looking for an opportunity to give back and Heart to Heart has helped fulfill that need. I was touched the very first time I had done the drive-thru. I got to see the end result of all of the hard work, and the outpouring of gratitude of the families we served was amazing, and I wanted to be able to do more. Since that time, I have done the Shop and Stock, unloading the food truck, and continued to work the drive-thru. I also got to see the great need there is for food and everyday essentials. With the help of our FCC Couples Circle (84) we were able to donate over 200 pounds of diapers and wipes. I would encourage others to either volunteer or donate to Heart to Heart.

September 10, 2022

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 57 on Tuesday, September 6
  • 50 on Thursday, September 8

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 35 on Wednesday, September 7

Donations

Increasing demand makes it more difficult to keep certain items on our shelves. Please consider making a donation of these items to the food pantry: peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti noodles and sauce, pancake mix and syrup, cereal and shelf-stable milk. More info on how to make donations at h2h.fcchurch.com/donate

Volunteers

As students return to the classroom in the fall, we find ourselves in need of more volunteers. We especially need help during our drive-thru hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to noon.

A volunteer shift has been added to Thursday, September 15, 12:00-4:00pm. This shift will entail several projects led by Amy Caskie, as outlined in yesterday’s Upcoming Events email. If you’re interested, be prepared for physical labor, indoors and outdoors, across three buildings at First Community South. You can volunteer for any amount of time you’re willing and able. Just sign up and indicate your preference and availability in the comment field. If you’re coming for outdoor labor, we can provide tools, but you should bring gloves and be prepared to get dirty.

Thursday, September 15
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (20)

Click here to sign up

FreshTrak Training

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.

Heart to Heart is Agency #1042
September 14, 10am
More Info |
Register

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 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.
Heart to Heart is Agency #1042
September 29, 10am
More Info | Register 

Volunteer of the Month

PUPdate

In August, the Pop Up Pantry, delivered to the following sites:

  • Aug 3:        Commons at Livingston – 35
  • Aug 10:      Hope Resource Center – 33
  • Aug 15:      South Park Apartment w/Franklinton Farms – 18
  • Aug 17:      Southpoint – 37
  • Aug 24:      Commons at Grant – 21
  • Aug 25:      Riverview International Center – 31
  • August 31:  Hope Resource Center – 35

Total served for the month of August:  210

2022 Monthly Totals:

  • January:      161
  • February:     159
  • March:         154
  • April:            162
  • May:             162
  • June:            225
  • July:             187
  • August:         210

YTD: 1,420 individuals/families served

This past month, Heart to Heart asked for 50+ filled backpacks, and to our surprise, we collected 148 filled backpacks.  We thank all the individuals who contributed to this Backpack Project!  The Pop Up Pantry delivered them to Riverview International Center.  Within a few days, all 148 backpacks were distributed.  As we were delivering the backpacks, several children were running to the van all smiles and excited!  It was heartwarming to see their joy!  Blessings all the way around!

Our Team would like to acknowledge our devoted van drivers:  Boyce Lancaster, Les Sauer, Mark Tucker, Steve Young and Glenn Zook.  They are all so willing to give of their time loading the van and driving all around Columbus to help us deliver to our many sites. They step in to help each other out driving when others need a week off, which is a big help to us.  We are forever grateful for their time, dedication and service.

We are so grateful to all our regular volunteers who continue to show up week after week.  With this said, we are still looking for more individuals who would like to come join our Pop Up Team.  We typically begin Wednesdays at 11:00.  We end around 12:45 if just bagging; 2:00 if traveling to the site.  Heart to Heart and the Pop Up Team are always open to more volunteers.

Melody and I are continually blessed to have the support of First Community/Heart to Heart staff and all the dedicated volunteers who give so much of their time and energy.

Serving in Faith,
Rose Kandel and Melody Smiley
Volunteer Co-Leads
Pop Up Pantry, Heart to Heart

Upcoming Events

Kickoff Sunday at First Community! Please join us at either campus for worship. The Donna’s Donuts truck will be at our South campus before and after the 10am service.

Heart to Heart is closed next week for regular volunteer shifts and drive-thru service. We will use this time to deep clean and organize all our spaces, evaluate and update procedures, plan our program year among other things. To aid in the process of cleaning and organizing, we will not be accepting material donations next week. If you know of something that needs attention while we are closed, please send an email to Amy Caskie to make sure we take care of it at this time.

The Trading Post is having a sale through the end of the month!

All volunteers are asked to join us for this event at 6pm in the Weist Room at First Community South. This is an educational event to cover the topics of implicit bias, race, and civil rights. Staff will review with required civil rights training with all volunteers, after hearing from a guest speaker. This is also a great opportunity to come together for fellowship with volunteers you may not get to see very often. We request all regular volunteers attend this event for the compliance training required by Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP below.

RSVP Here

First Community’s annual pet blessing on October 9 will also serve pet food donation drive for Heart to Heart. We would love to have a couple volunteers help out that day with donations. If you’re available, please email Yohan Kim to let him know!

Heart to Heart will be closed on October 10, but volunteer shifts will be added to the preceding Friday to accommodate the holiday.

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.

September 3, 2022

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 63 on Tuesday, August 30
  • 49 on Thursday, September 1

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 35 on Wednesday, August 31

Upcoming Closures

Heart to Heart will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.

Volunteers

As students return to the classroom in the fall, we find ourselves in need of more volunteers. We especially need help during our drive-thru hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to noon.

Donations

Increasing demand makes it more difficult to keep certain items on our shelves. Please consider making a donation of these items to the food pantry: peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti noodles and sauce, pancake mix and syrup, cereal and shelf-stable milk. More info on how to make donations at h2h.fcchurch.com/donate

Volunteer Next Week

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

Tuesday, September 6
8:30 am – 10:30 am Drive-Thru (2)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (1)

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

Friday, September 9
9:30 am – 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
10:00 am – 11:30 am Preshop (2)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Dry Stocking (6)

Click here to sign up

Upcoming Events

Save the Date

We request all regular volunteers attend this event for the compliance training required by Mid-Ohio Food Collective.

Volunteer Training

Food Safety Training

This training will be held via Zoom meeting. 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.
Heart to Heart is Agency #1042
September 8, 10am
Register online at mofc.org/agency-360

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 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.
Heart to Heart is Agency #1042
September 29, 10am
Register online 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.