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Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly.
Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Manager: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
hearttoheart@FCchurch.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Tuesdays 9am to 12pm
Thursdays 9am to 12pm
First Community South
1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212
Monthly Archives

March 2023

March 18, 2023

By Weekly UpdateNo Comments

Volunteers Needed Next Weekend

Monday’s Order

Please click below to view the incoming order arriving Monday, March 20.

View Order

Thanks, PUP!

Riverview International Center, one of the Pop-Up Pantry’s monthly sites, recently gave us a shout-out in their newsletter! The Riverview International Center empowers our New American neighbors by supporting individuals, strengthening families and nurturing community. Read more about the Pop-Up Pantry on our website.

Save the Date

Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 48 on Tuesday, March 14
  • 35 on Thursday, March 16

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 39 on Thursday, March 15

Volunteers Needed

Please check to see when you can help, then use the button to access the Sign-Up Genius!

Monday, March 20

  • 8:30am-9:30am Cold Stocking (1)
  • 3:30pm-5:00pm MOFB Truck Unloading (6)
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm Shop & Stock (2)

Tuesday, March 21

  • 8:30am-10:30am Drive-Thru (4)
  • 10:00am-12:30pm Drive-Thru (7)

Thursday, March 23

  • 8:30am-10:30am Drive-Thru (4)
  • 10:00am-12:30pm Drive-Thru (7)
Click here to sign up

Ministry Team

On March 4, we introduced this year’s Heart to Heart Ministry Team. We had our first meeting on Wednesday, March 15. During that meeting we set our goals for the year and reviewed the challenges we face in achieving those goals. We also finalized our volunteer covenant as you can read below. Like a mission statement specific to volunteers, this statement should inform your actions and reside in the back of your mind every time you serve at Heart to Heart.

Volunteer Covenant

We agree to foster a welcoming culture of kindness and respect that upholds the worth and dignity of every person, striving to listen with empathy, and use teamwork to carry out the mission and vision of Heart to Heart.

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.

March 11, 2023

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Monthly Donation Drive

If you are attending services at North, please look for the donation station sign in the parking lot and drop off your donations before you come inside! If you’re attending services at South, please look for the donation cart at Crane welcome center, where you can drop off your donation with our volunteer. If you prefer to make a monetary donation online, please click here.

Volunteers Needed

Pop-Up Pantry Page

The Pop-Up Pantry now has their own official page on the Heart to Heart website. Check it out at h2h.FCchurch.com/pup.  The page includes information on the history, operations, and statistics of this service, as well as contact and sign-up information for volunteers. We encourage you to browse the page if you’re unfamiliar with this group!

Save the Date

Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 18 on Tuesday, March 7
  • 41 on Thursday, March 9

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 32 on Thursday, March 8

Volunteers Needed

Please check to see when you can help, then use the button to access the Sign-Up Genius!

Monday, March 13

  • 8:30am-9:30am Cold Stocking (1)
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm Shop & Stock (1)

Tuesday, March 14

  • 10:00am-12:30pm Drive-Thru (5)

Wednesday, March 15

  • 1:00-2:00pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)

Thursday, March 16

  • 8:30am-10:30am Drive-Thru (1)
  • 10:00am-12:30pm Drive-Thru (3)

Friday, March 17

  • 9:30am-10:30am Cold Stocking (2)
Click here to sign up

Training Opportunities

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective offers regular training opportunities for food pantry staff and volunteers. For volunteers, the most useful trainings are FreshTrak and Food Safety. These trainings, specifically, will help you learn more about pantry operations and make you an even more effective volunteer! They also occasionally offer training on advocacy, and other topics that may be of interest to you.

Some of these classes are in person on the MOFC campus in Grove City. However, many are Zoom meetings, so you can participate from home. If you would like to take advantage of these opportunities to learn, please visit the Agency360 website for detailed information and links to sign up.

For most of the classes, you’ll need to sign up with our pantry name and ID:
Heart to Heart, Agency #1042

Upcoming Trainings

  • Mar 13, 9:30am, Advocacy
  • Mar 14, 2pm, FreshTrak
  • Mar 30, 10am, Narcan Training
Click here to access Agency360

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.

Pop UPdate: February 2023

By Pupdate

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

  • Feb 1:        Commons at Livingston – 31
  • Feb 8:        Hope Resource Center – 34
  • Feb 15:      Southpoint – 39
  • Feb 22:      Grant – 20
  • Feb 23:      Riverview International Center – 37

Pop Up 2023 Monthly totals:

  • January:     153
  • February:    161

YTD:     Individuals/families served:  314

On February 8th, Hope Resource Center honored 52 of their brothers and sisters who they lost to addiction or gun violence with a touching and hopeful Memorial Service.  Their brothers and sisters were addicts/alcoholics who led complicated lives.  Unfortunately, society is quick to place a label on them and dismiss them.

Our Pop Up Team went to the Memorial Service honoring all our friends and neighbors who have passed.  It was heartbreaking to hear the names of those we served.  Our Pop Up team is blessed to have known them.  We continue to hold our Hope friends and neighbors in our prayers.

The work the Hope Resource Center does for so many is a gift.   A gift of ‘Love’ – A gift of ‘new beginnings’ – A gift of ‘life’ – A gift of ‘Hope’.  They are blessings and make this world a better place.  We are honored to be a part of this caring organization.

Several of our team attended the Heart to Heart Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  It was good to get together and socialize with other volunteers.  We appreciate all the work Amy and Yohan put into making Heart to Heart run successfully and their continued support of our Pop Up Pantry.

We are grateful for everyone who contributes to Heart to Heart and the Pop Up Pantry with their continued donations and service.

March 4, 2023

By Weekly Update

Volunteers Needed

Monthly Donation Drive

If you are attending services at North, please look for the donation station sign in the parking lot and drop off your donations before you come inside! If you’re attending services at South, please look for the donation cart at Crane welcome center, where you can drop off your donation with our volunteer. If you prefer to make a monetary donation online, please click here.

Volunteer of the Month

Samantha Miller

“My mom introduced me to volunteering at our local food bank in Toronto, Ontario when I was 13…” Read more >>

Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 35 on Tuesday, February 28
  • 38 on Thursday, March 2

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 31 on Thursday, March 1

Monday’s Order

Please click below to view the incoming order arriving Monday, March 6.

Truck Order

Volunteers Needed

Please check to see when you can help, then use the button to access the Sign-Up Genius!

Monday, March 6

  • 8:30am-9:30am Cold Stocking (2)
  • 3:30pm-5:00pm MOFB Order Unloading (8)

Tuesday, March 7

  • 8:30am-10:30am Drive-Thru (6)

Wednesday, March 8

  • 1:00-2:00pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)

Thursday, March 9

  • 8:00am-9:00am MOFB Shop-Thru (4)
  • 8:30am-10:30am Drive-Thru (5)
  • 10:00am-12:30pm Drive-Thru (4)

Friday, March 10

  • 9:00am-10:00am Direct Retail Pickup (1)
  • 9:30am-10:30am Cold Stocking (2)
Click here to sign up

Training Opportunities

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective offers regular training opportunities for food pantry staff and volunteers. For volunteers, the most useful trainings are FreshTrak and Food Safety. These trainings, specifically, will help you learn more about pantry operations and make you an even more effective volunteer! They also occasionally offer training on advocacy, and other topics that may be of interest to you.

Some of these classes are in person on the MOFC campus in Grove City. However, many are Zoom meetings, so you can participate from home. If you would like to take advantage of these opportunities to learn, please visit the Agency360 website for detailed information and links to sign up.

For most of the classes, you’ll need to sign up with our pantry name and ID:
Heart to Heart, Agency #1042

Upcoming Trainings

  • Mar 13, 9:30am, Advocacy
  • Mar 14, 2pm, FreshTrak
  • Mar 30, 10am, Narcan Training
Click here to access Agency360

Resource Roundup Newsletter

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority’s RISE Center (Resident Initiatives for Success and Empowerment) provides coordinated access to supportive services for CMHA residents. The RISE Center’s Resource Roundup is a weekly collection of resources available in your community. Email alerts from the RISE Center are an easy way to stay up to date with available resources, events happening in your community, and other CMHA announcements. To subscribe, visit: tinyurl.com/CMHAResourceRoundup

Meet Your 2023 Ministry Team

In 2021, First Community’s Governing Board released their Strategic Plan, a report summarizing the plans for the immediate future of the church. On page 3 of the plan you will see one of the Operational Imperatives is to “Streamline our ministry governance system from councils to ministry teams and short-term, time-limited task forces.” While the pandemic and staffing changes stalled our progress, in the past few months we have made great strides and our team is officially formed. We are excited to introduce these five team members, who are committed volunteers that will represent Heart to Heart to the church as a mission ministry team. Over the next few months, we will work as a team to set goals to improve the operations of Heart to Heart food pantry. Expect to see regular updates about our progress in the church newsletters and Heart to Heart blog.

Pop UPdate

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

  • Feb 1:        Commons at Livingston – 31
  • Feb 8:        Hope Resource Center – 34
  • Feb 15:      Southpoint – 39
  • Feb 22:      Grant – 20
  • Feb 23:      Riverview International Center – 37

Pop Up 2023 Monthly totals:

  • January:     153
  • February:    161

YTD:     Individuals/families served:  314

On February 8th, Hope Resource Center honored 52 of their brothers and sisters who they lost to addiction or gun violence with a touching and hopeful Memorial Service.  Their brothers and sisters were addicts/alcoholics who led complicated lives.  Unfortunately, society is quick to place a label on them and dismiss them.

Our Pop Up Team went to the Memorial Service honoring all our friends and neighbors who have passed.  It was heartbreaking to hear the names of those we served.  Our Pop Up team is blessed to have known them.  We continue to hold our Hope friends and neighbors in our prayers.

The work the Hope Resource Center does for so many is a gift.   A gift of ‘Love’ – A gift of ‘new beginnings’ – A gift of ‘life’ – A gift of ‘Hope’.  They are blessings and make this world a better place.  We are honored to be a part of this caring organization.

Several of our team attended the Heart to Heart Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  It was good to get together and socialize with other volunteers.  We appreciate all the work Amy and Yohan put into making Heart to Heart run successfully and their continued support of our Pop Up Pantry.

We are grateful for everyone who contributes to Heart to Heart and the Pop Up Pantry with their continued donations and service.

Advocate

We received the following information in an email from HNO’s Jillian Russell, Hunger Advocacy Fellow.

“As Ohioans, we must guarantee that every child has enough food to eat each day. The Ohio legislature can do something by expanding school meals. Well-nourished minds prepare children to learn better, remain focused, and are better behaved. When you have stronger, smarter, healthier kids, you have a stronger, smarter, healthier, and more economically competitive state. We encourage our State Legislative leaders to expand school meals so that all children can receive their daily bread.”

If you’re interested in signing the petition, please click the image below.

Additionally, HNO is hosting the following upcoming events:

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: March 2023

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Volunteer of the Month

Samantha Miller

“My mom introduced me to volunteering at our local food bank in Toronto, Ontario when I was 13. That experience taught me to always look for a way to give back and how one person can make a small difference in someone’s life with kindness.

Volunteering has always been something that brought a lot of joy to my life. Joining the Heart to Heart Thursday Drive-Thru closing shift team has been a true pleasure. Everyone I have worked with has been nothing but wonderful and I love that I get to work side by side each week with my new buddy, Pat Porterfield. Thank you, Heart to Heart.”