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Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Manager: (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
1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212
Monthly Archives

May 2023

May 27, 2023

By Weekly UpdateNo Comments

Upcoming Events

Donations Needed

Heart to Heart gladly accepts donations of goods in addition to monetary donations. All non-perishable donations are to be delivered directly to First Community South. Please leave them on the red cart marked for this purpose, which is in the alley across from the dumpsters, beneath the overhang, near the kitchen doors. This is the only area Heart to Heart can accept donations outside the building. Donations left elsewhere may not be received.

If you have a perishable donation (fruit, meat, etc.), please drop it off during these times so our volunteers can properly and immediately store them:

  • Mondays 8:30 am – 10:30 am, 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Wednesdays 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Fridays 9 am – 11 am

Please call (614) 488-0681 x203 upon your arrival, or to make arrangements ahead of your delivery.

In addition to the diapers and wipes drive, we are running low on these items and would appreciate donations of the following:

Mark Your Calendars!

  • We will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29 for volunteer shifts.
  • Our next Sunday Donation Drive is June 18, Father’s Day! We will be collecting shaving supplies during worship services.
  • We will be closed for regular volunteer shifts on Monday,  June 19 for Juneteenth, but you can sign up for the Missions Workday instead.
2023 Holiday Closure List

Weekly Update

Volunteers Needed

Click the button below to view open shifts and sign up to volunteer online!

Tuesday, May 30

  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am Drive-Thru (4)
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (6)

Wednesday, May 31

  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (4)

Thursday, June 1

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am Drive-Thru (7)
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (3)

Friday, June 2

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am Direct Retail Pickup (2)
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)

Monday, June 19

  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Mission Workday
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Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 63 on Tuesday, May 16
  • 37 on Thursday, May 18
  • 60 on Tuesday, May 23
  • 57 on Thursday, May 25

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 39 on Wednesday, May 17
  • 27 on Wednesday, May 24

Pop-Up Pantry

Next month’s schedule below. Click to enlarge.

May 13, 2023

By Weekly Update

Upcoming Events

This Sunday

In honor of Mother’s Day, we will be collecting diapers and wipes at First Community Church during worship.

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 give online, click here.

Last year on Mother’s Day we collected over 400 pounds in donations of diapers and wipes. This year our goal is to collect over 500 pounds! All diaper sizes and wipes are welcome!

Take advantage of some retail sales we found before this Sunday! Check out retailer websites for details:

  • At Target through May 13: $15 Target GiftCard when you buy 2 select enormous diaper packs.
  • At Kroger through May 13: Save $2.00 on Huggies Diapers when you buy ONE (1) Pkg
  • At CVS through May 13: Huggies, Pull•Ups and Goodnites Diapers BOGO 50% off* WITH CARD
  • At Sam’s Club through June 4: Pampers Swaddlers $4 off with Instant Savings 3 items savings limit
  • At Meijer through May 13: $20.00 off when you spend $75 or More in Baby Dept
  • At Meijer through May 13: Pampers Swaddlers $4 off with Instant Savings

Donations Needed

Heart to Heart gladly accepts donations of goods in addition to monetary donations. All non-perishable donations are to be delivered directly to First Community South. Please leave them on the red cart marked for this purpose, which is in the alley across from the dumpsters, beneath the overhang, near the kitchen doors. This is the only area Heart to Heart can accept donations outside the building. Donations left elsewhere may not be received.

If you have a perishable donation (fruit, meat, etc.), please drop it off during these times so our volunteers can properly and immediately store them:

  • Mondays 8:30 am – 10:30 am, 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Wednesdays 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Fridays 9 am – 11 am

Please call (614) 488-0681 x203 upon your arrival, or to make arrangements ahead of your delivery.

In addition to the diapers and wipes drive, we are running low on these items and would appreciate donations of the following:

  • Canned Soups
  • Snacks
  • Canned meats
  • Canned veggies
  • Canned fruits

Mark Your Calendars!

  • We will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29 for volunteer shifts. An extra volunteer shift will be added to the schedule on Friday, May 26, to make up for it.
  • Next Sunday Donation Drive is June 18, Father’s Day!
  • We will be closed for regular volunteer shifts on Monday,  June 19 for Juneteenth. There will be a Missions Workday instead. Stay tuned for details and a sign up.

Click the image above for a printable list of closures.

Weekly Update

Kroger Rewards

Through the Community Rewards program, Kroger makes a contribution to Heart to Heart every time you shop. In the quarter beginning February 1, 2023 to April 30, 2023 we earned $962.35 from the 257 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!

Volunteers of the Month

May 2023: Janelle Soder and Alissa Marwaha

Read more at h2h.FCchurch.com/vom

Volunteers Needed

Click the button below to view open shifts and sign up to volunteer online!

Monday, May 15

  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (3)

 

Tuesday, May 16

  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am Drive-Thru (3)
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (4)

 

Wednesday, May 17

  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (4)

 

Thursday, May 18

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

 

Friday, May 19

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
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Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru (78)

  • 54 on Tuesday, May 9
  • 24 on Thursday, May 11

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry (59)

  • 20 on Monday, May 8
  • 39 on Wednesday, May 10

Monthly Statistics

Our service stats for April:

  • Households Served  497
    • Drive-Thru 352
    • Pop-Up Pantry     145
  • Individuals Served 1,751
    • Seniors 222
    • Adults 876
    • Children 653
  • Approximate Meals Served 15,759

Check out all our monthly statistics available at h2h.FCchurch.com/stats

Pop-Up Pantry

From Rose and Melody

To our wonderful Pop Up Pantry Volunteers,

Here is what we are a part of in some way.  Each month our Pop-Up gives many who come to Hope Resource Center the nourishment they need with love, compassion and hope.  However, we are only a small part of what happens at Hope.

All those devoted individuals who work and help at Hope Resource Center do amazing work.  Big things happen!  Read the testimony from Robert in this newsletter:

Happenings at Hope – Spring 2023 (thehoperesourcecenter.org)

Serving in Faith,

~Rose and Melody

Read more about the Pop-Up Pantry

Hunger & Poverty Activism and Education

If you’re passionate about issues surrounding hunger and poverty, you may consider subscribing to and reading the following publications.

The newsletters regularly include useful updates and resources on these topics.

April 2023 Stats

By Statistics

Service Statistics

  • Households Served  497
    • Drive-Thru 352
    • Pop-Up Pantry     145
  • Individuals Served 1,751
    • Seniors 222
    • Adults 876
    • Children 653
  • Approximate Meals Served 15,759

Incoming Materials

(in pounds)

  • First Community Church  2,626
  • Giant Eagle 1,550
  • Marc’s  364
  • Penzey’s Spices 64
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank (total weight)  22,912
    • MOFB Order total: 10,878  ( $4,580.50)
    • MOFB Shop Thru: 12,034

May 6, 2023

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Volunteers Needed

Please check to see when you can help, then use the click the link for SignUpGenius!

Monday, May 8

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

Tuesday, May 9

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

Wednesday, May 10

  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (8)

Thursday, May 11

  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am Drive-Thru (5)
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (5)

Friday, May 12

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am Direct Retail Pickup (2)
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
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Weekly Numbers

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 37 on Tuesday, May 2
  • 53 on Thursday, May 4

Households served via Pop-Up Pantry

  • 27 on Wednesday, May 3
Click here for monthly stats

Monday’s Order

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Pop UPdate

In April, the Pop-Up Pantry, delivered to the following sites:

  • April 5: Commons at Livingston – 31
  • April 10: Franklinton Farms – 14
  • April 12: Hope Resource Center – 33
  • April 19: Southpoint – 40
  • April 26: Grant – 27
  • April 27: Riverview International Center – 26

Pop-Up 2023 Monthly totals:

  • January: 153
  • February: 161
  • March: 190
  • April: 171

YTD:     Individuals/families served:  675

Read more about the Pop-Up Pantry

Letter from MOFC to Partner Agencies

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Upcoming Events

Mother’s Day

Memorial Day

Saturday, May 6

Pop UPdate: April 2023

By Pupdate

In April, the Pop-Up Pantry, delivered to the following sites:

  • April 5: Commons at Livingston – 31
  • April 10: South Park Apts w/Franklinton Farms – 14
  • April 12: Hope Resource Center – 33
  • April 19: Southpoint – 40
  • April 26: Grant – 27
  • April 27: Riverview International Center – 26

Pop-Up 2023 Monthly totals:

  • January: 153
  • February: 161
  • March: 190
  • April: 171

Individuals/families served YTD:  675

We were excited to begin our seasonal site with Franklinton Farms to South Park Apartments.  Franklinton Farms was also able to secure an interpreter from CRIS, Alia Jama, to help us communicate with the Somalian families.  The weather was perfect as we welcomed and served 14 families on our first visit to South Park!  Many of the families have 8-12 members in one household.  We are so blessed to be able to provide them with food and toiletries.

We welcomed a new volunteer, Laurie Schumacher. She joined right in and got right to work! It was a pleasure to have her join us. Laurie hopes to return as her schedule allows. Thank you, Laurie!

Every site we are serving has added families. We feel fortunate to be able to help serve our community with the food that is needed to feed their families. One cannot describe the feeling of hope, love and kindness we each receive when we see and serve our neighbors. We are immensely blessed as much as our neighbors feel blessed by our pantry.

Our Pop-Up team is grateful for everyone who contributes to Heart to Heart and the Pop-Up Pantry with their continued donations and service.

~Rose and Melody

Volunteer of the Month: May 2023

By Volunteer
Volunteer of the Month

Janelle Soder and Alissa Marwaha

We’ve been friends for over 10 years, since our oldest kids were in preschool. For a while, the time we spent together often consisted of playdates with the 5 boys we have between us. But through the years, we’ve found more time to nurture our friendship through our shared love of reading, travel, and Broadway shows. Now that our kids are getting older, we have more regular free time, and volunteering at Heart to Heart is the perfect way for us to keep in touch while serving our community. It’s also been great getting to know Yohan and the other volunteers at the pantry. Sometimes our kids have the chance to join us for shifts, too — bringing our “playdates” full circle!