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January 2024

January 27, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Drive-Thru Households Served

  • 62 on Tuesday, January 23
  • 59 on Thursday, January 25

Pop-Up Households Served

  • 36 on Wednesday, January 24

December 2023 Stats

  • Households Served   583
  • Families Served by Drive-Thru Pantry 385
  • Families Served by Pop-Up Pantry  198
  • Individuals Served      2,005
    • Seniors Served 252
    • Adults Served  1,021
    • Children Served   732
  • Meals Served   18,045

Click here to read more. Year-end reports will be available soon!

Volunteers Needed

Monday, January 29

  • 8:30 am-9:30 am Cold Stocking (2)

Tuesday, January 30

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive-Thru (5)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (6)

Wednesday, January 31

  • 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)

Thursday, February 1

  • 7:30 am- 9:00 am MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (6)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (5)

Friday, February 2

  • 9:00 am- 10:00 am Direct Retail Pickups (2)
  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking Shift (1)
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News

It’s NOT too late to RSVP!

All Heart to Heart volunteers past and present are invited to attend the Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner.

Awards will be presented to outstanding volunteers, and we will hear short remarks from the staff.

This is an opportunity for fellowship among all our volunteers. The event is not formal!

Click here to RSVP

SOUPerbowl Sunday February 11

Heart to Heart is holding a soup drive during all worship services Sunday! Look for the volunteer quarterbacks at collection sites outside at both locations to drop off your donations of shelf-stable soup. We especially appreciate donations of hearty soups that serve as a whole meal, such as: beef vegetable, chicken and rice, Italian wedding, etc. For a $5 donation (cash or check), you can become the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind soup bowl or mug decorated by students at First Community Church in the Midweek Mission (K-8) and Crossroads (8-12) programs.

Social Media This Week

Here’s what you may have missed this week! To see regular updates, follow us on

PUP Calendar

Click below to view the Pop-Up Pantry’s service calendar for February 2024.

2024 Holiday & Closings Calendar

A revised calendar has been uploaded. Our next closing is Monday, February 19 for President’s Day. Click the image below to enlarge.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Food Collective Trainings

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective offers regular training opportunities for food pantry staff and volunteers. Trainings on FreshTrak and Food Safety 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.

For most trainings, volunteers will need to register with an agency name and number: Heart to Heart Agency #1042

Register Online at MOFC Agency360

MOFC Food Safety Training

Level 1 Person In Charge

This training was developed by Feeding America and ServSafe for those who partner with foodbanks and is relevant to the work you are doing in your communities.

The course is online, at no-cost to your agency and once taken and successfully passed, the certification never expires for the person who takes the training!

Questions? Contact Ann Miller-Tobin at amillertobin@mofc.org

The following dates and times are available:

  • Mon, Feb 5, 10 am to 12 pm

Advocacy 101

Join the Conversation

MOFC’s Government Relations Team- Tim White and Hallie Carrino-Lee will host an open forum to discuss the State Budget and its effects on essential programs and benefits for your customers.

Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on SNAP and othe Hinger/Feeding issues and what’s happening on Capitol Hill.

Bring your questions and prepare to engage! Registration is required. This session of Advocacy will be held via ZOOM.

  • Thu, Feb 22 at 10 am

FreshTrak Basic Training

(FKA PantryTrak)

This online via zoom 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.

Questions? Contact Ann Miller-Tobin at amillertobin@mofc.org

The following dates and times are available:

  • Tue, Feb 20 at 2 pm
  • Thu, Mar 21 at 10 am

New Year Reminders

Mission & Vision

The mission of Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.

The 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.

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.

Tips & Tricks

Heart to Heart staff have implemented guidelines, processes and measures to ensure the safety of our workers, proper use of equipment, and best functionality. It is imperative to our operations for volunteers to adhere to these guidelines. 

For instance, volunteers should avoid overloading shelves when stocking food. Each shelving unit can only hold a limited weight, distributed across the individual shelves. The weight limits differ by size and type of shelf. For guidance, please ask Yohan when stocking.

When items are misused causing damage, the pantry has to pay for the replacement. Every dollar spent on equipment is one dollar less that we are able to spend on food to feed our clients. Please keep this in mind when you are volunteering.

Special Skills

We understand not everyone can or wants to volunteer during our regular weekly shifts, but may still want to contribute to our overall success. Heart to Heart is on the lookout for a few volunteers with specialized skills to help with projects from time to time. Please let us know if you have a particular interest or are skilled in:

  • Woodworking, DIY, Building
  • Social Media
  • Community Advocacy
  • Elementary Education
  • One time assembly projects (eg. birthday bags)

While we may not have a related project in mind at the moment, these are some needs we have encountered over time and we would love to know who might be interested in helping with these things in the future. Have another skill or interest you think may be useful? Let us know!

Inclement Weather Plan

Winter is in full swing with extremely low temperatures and snowfall in the forecast. Now is the perfect time to review our inclement weather procedure.

Since Heart to Heart food pantry is an essential service for many, we will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours if it is deemed safe to do so. Conversely, if we do not have appropriate volunteer staffing, we may have to close even when the offices remain open.

In the event we are closed, we will make note on our outgoing voicemail, on our Facebook and Instagram pages and on our webpage. Volunteers for the day will be notified by email as soon as a decision to close has been made. In other words: no news is good news!

We understand when volunteers don’t feel comfortable being outside or driving on roads in severe weather. Please let us know if you cannot make it to volunteer for your shift! If there are 24 hours or less before your shift, please email Yohan Kim to let us know.

January 20, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Drive-Thru Households Served

  • 33 on Tuesday, January 16
  • 60 on Thursday, January 18

Pop-Up Households Served

  • 42 on Wednesday, January 17

Monday’s Truck

We have an order arriving from Mid-Ohio Food Collective on Monday afternoon. Click below for a preview of what we will be unloading!

Volunteers Needed

Monday, January 22

  • 3:30 pm-5:00 pm MOFB Order Unloading

Tuesday, January 23

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive-Thru (6)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (7)

Wednesday, January 24

  • 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)

Thursday, January 25

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (4)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (1)

Friday, January 26

  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking Shift (1)
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Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner

All Heart to Heart volunteers past and present are invited to attend this dinner. Heart to Heart staff members will show their appreciation to hardworking volunteers that make our ministry possible. Awards will be presented to outstanding volunteers, and we will hear short remarks from the staff. This is an opportunity for fellowship among all our volunteers. Please RSVP by January 26 so that we may plan the event accordingly.

Click here to RSVP

Heart to Heart Ministry Team

Our Heart to Heart Ministry Team met for the first time last week. We are excited for the plans ahead! We appreciate the work of last year’s team: Rose Kandel, Andrea Keil, Pat Porterfield, and Melody Smiley. This year’s team is made up of (as pictured below):

  • Andrea Keil
  • Kevin Orsini
  • Carolyn Barger
  • Dave Westman

Read more about the individuals that make up our team here.

Social Media This Week

Here’s what you may have missed this week! To see regular updates, follow us on

Hair Care Drive

Thank you to everyone that donated on Sunday, January 14. With your help, we collected 151 pounds (86 North, 65 South) and $20 in donations.

Our next monthly drive will be held on February 11. On SOUPerbowl Sunday, we will collected canned soups and sell one-of-a-kind soup bowls.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Food Collective Trainings

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective offers regular training opportunities for food pantry staff and volunteers. Trainings on FreshTrak and Food Safety 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.

For most trainings, volunteers will need to register with an agency name and number: Heart to Heart Agency #1042

Register Online at MOFC Agency360

Advocacy 101

Join the Conversation

MOFC’s Government Relations Team- Tim White and Hallie Carrino-Lee will host an open forum to discuss the State Budget and its effects on essential programs and benefits for your customers.

Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on SNAP and othe Hinger/Feeding issues and what’s happening on Capitol Hill.

Bring your questions and prepare to engage! Registration is required. This session of Advocacy will be held via ZOOM.

  • Thu, Feb 22 at 10 am

MOFC Food Safety Training

Level 1 Person In Charge

This training was developed by Feeding America and ServSafe for those who partner with foodbanks and is relevant to the work you are doing in your communities.

The course is online, at no-cost to your agency and once taken and successfully passed, the certification never expires for the person who takes the training!

Questions? Contact Ann Miller-Tobin at amillertobin@mofc.org

The following dates and times are available:

  • Mon, Feb 5, 10 am to 12 pm

Healthcare Navigation

Embarking with MOFC

Join us for an enlightening information session on Get Covered Ohio, hosted by the Mid-Ohio Food Collective’s Healthcare Navigation Team.

With the combined efforts of eight local and regional organizations providing Navigator services, learn how MOFC is connecting Ohioans with free information and assistance on health insurance. This 90-minute session promises valuable insights into exploring, enrolling, and optimizing health coverage options in your communities. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to empower your customers, partners, and yourself – mark your calendar and be prepared to join us online, over Zoom!

Questions? Contact Nicole DeLozier at 614-230-9166 or ndelozier@mofc.org

  • Wed, Jan 24 at 9:30 am

FreshTrak Basic Training

(FKA PantryTrak)

This online via zoom 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.

Questions? Contact Ann Miller-Tobin at amillertobin@mofc.org

The following dates and times are available:

  • Tue, Feb 20 at 2 pm
  • Thu, Mar 21 at 10 am

New Year Reminders

Mission & Vision

The mission of Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.

The 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.

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.

Tips & Tricks

Heart to Heart staff have implemented guidelines, processes and measures to ensure the safety of our workers, proper use of equipment, and best functionality. It is imperative to our operations for volunteers to adhere to these guidelines. 

For instance, volunteers should avoid overloading shelves when stocking food. Each shelving unit can only hold a limited weight, distributed across the individual shelves. The weight limits differ by size and type of shelf. For guidance, please ask Yohan when stocking.

When items are misused causing damage, the pantry has to pay for the replacement. Every dollar spent on equipment is one dollar less that we are able to spend on food to feed our clients. Please keep this in mind when you are volunteering.

Special Skills

We understand not everyone can or wants to volunteer during our regular weekly shifts, but may still want to contribute to our overall success. Heart to Heart is on the lookout for a few volunteers with specialized skills to help with projects from time to time. Please let us know if you have a particular interest or are skilled in:

  • Woodworking, DIY, Building
  • Social Media
  • Community Advocacy
  • Elementary Education
  • One time assembly projects (eg. birthday bags)

While we may not have a related project in mind at the moment, these are some needs we have encountered over time and we would love to know who might be interested in helping with these things in the future. Have another skill or interest you think may be useful? Let us know!

Inclement Weather Plan

Winter is in full swing with extremely low temperatures and snowfall in the forecast. Now is the perfect time to review our inclement weather procedure.

Since Heart to Heart food pantry is an essential service for many, we will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours if it is deemed safe to do so. Conversely, if we do not have appropriate volunteer staffing, we may have to close even when the offices remain open.

In the event we are closed, we will make note on our outgoing voicemail, on our Facebook and Instagram pages and on our webpage. Volunteers for the day will be notified by email as soon as a decision to close has been made. In other words: no news is good news!

We understand when volunteers don’t feel comfortable being outside or driving on roads in severe weather. Please let us know if you cannot make it to volunteer for your shift! If there are 24 hours or less before your shift, please email Yohan Kim to let us know.

Getting to Know You: 2024 Heart to Heart Ministry Team

By Staff Bio

Volunteer Ministry Team Members

Andrea Keil

Andrea Keil

First Community Involvement: Andrea joined virtually during the pandemic in June 2020.

Professional Experience: Full time piano teacher for all ages.

Volunteer Experience

  • Currently volunteers with local non-profit music & music teacher boards.
  • Volunteered for Columbus Humane Society when they operated a pet food pantry, and continues to volunteer doing Cat Care.

Heart to Heart Involvement: Andrea has volunteered for about 3 years, and served on the ministry team last year.

Kevin Orsini

Kevin Orsini

First Community Involvement: Kevin became an FC  member in 2001.

Professional Experience: Works in IT auditing.

Volunteer Experience

  • Volunteers with Kiwanis.
  • Coached two daughters’ soccer teams, then ran clinics to teach other soccer coaches.

Heart to Heart Involvement: Regular weekly volunteer for approximately two  years, both in the drive-thru and doing MOFB pickups.

Dave Westman

First Community Involvement: Dave has been a member of First Community since 2021.

Professional Experience: Engineer by trade.

Volunteer Experience

  • Started as a volunteer, then worked for Reeb Ave Community Center, which housed about 12 non-profit organizations (including Mid-Ohio Foodbank for a while).
  • Volunteered with Harmony Project for 12 years.

Heart to Heart Experience: Volunteers with food pantry since 2022.

Carolyn Barger

First Community Involvement: Carolyn has been a church member since 1991, and even met her husband at Camp Akita.

Professional Experience: Started her professional career as a high school history teacher.

Volunteer Experience: Volunteered then worked for Honor Flight Columbus as Assistant Executive Director until the pandemic.  Continues to be very involved as a Volunteer.   

Heart to Heart Involvement: Starting volunteering about 3.5 years ago.

Pop-UPdate: December 2023

By Pupdate

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

  • December 6:          Commons at Livingston – 39
  • December 13:        Hope Resource Center – 43
  • December 20:        Southpoint – 40
  • December 21:        Riverview International Center – 40
  • December 27:        Grant – 36

Pop Up 2023 Monthly totals: 

  • January:         153
  • February:       161
  • March:            190
  • April:               171
  • May:                226
  • June:              190
  • July:                188
  • August:           237
  • September:     215
  • October:          181
  • November:      254
  • December:      198

Totals for 2023 per site:

  • Livingston: 400
  • Hope: 608
  • Southpoint: 475
  • Grant: 338
  • Riverview International Center: 358
  • Southpark: 185

YTD:  Individuals/families served:  2,364

Our Pop Up Team was able to deliver Christmas presents to 27 Southpoint families.  There were 82 children and 145 gifts total.  We thank Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School students, families and staff for their generous help as well as many church members, groups and families with this project.  It is their generosity that brings joy to so many in such heartwarming ways.

As we end 2023, we are looking ahead to 2024.  We will continue to serve the current sites. Our many sites have grown in number and we are thankful for Heart to Heart in supporting the Pop Up Team.

Our Pop Up Team is also continuing to grow and lead in many different ways. Melody Smiley has been involved with Heart to Heart for many years. Melody has been a driving force for our Pop Up Team.  Her years of service to Heart to Heart and her giving heart has made working with her an honor.  I have been blessed to Co-Lead with her for the past two years.  Melody will be stepping down from the Co-Lead position but not leaving the Pop Up Team.  She will continue to be a presence each week.  Another longtime Heart to Heart Volunteer, Kathleen Hatcher, has agreed to step into Melody Smiley’s Co-Lead position beginning in January.

We are continually blessed and grateful for everyone who contributes to Heart to Heart and the Pop Up Pantry with their continued donations and service.  We couldn’t do all this without the dedicated individuals who give so freely to our community in need.

~Rose and Melody

January 13, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Drive-Thru Households Served

  • 39 on Tuesday, January 2
  • 64 on Thursday, January 4
  • 77 on Tuesday, January 9
  • 76 on Thursday, January 11

Pop-Up Households Served

  • 40 on Wednesday, January 3
  • 40 on Wednesday, January 10

Click below for the complete list of statistics for December 2023.

Click for Monthly Stats

January 15

On Monday, we are closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Click here for a complete list of Heart to Heart’s 2024 closings.

Volunteers Needed

Monday, January 15

  • Closed for MLK Day

Tuesday, January 16

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

Wednesday, January 17

  • 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)

Thursday, January 18

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (3)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (2)

Friday, January 19

  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking Shift (2)
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Hair Care Drive

This Sunday, January 14, Heart to Heart volunteers will take donations during all worship services. While we will accept any donations, this month we focus on hair care items for all types of hair. Essential items such as shampoo, conditioner, and styling products are not only taxed, but not covered by SNAP benefits. These items are often cost-prohibitive, making them coveted in the drive-thru. Please consider making a donation of hair care products when you attend worship services this Sunday.

Monthly Collections During Worship

Heart to Heart food pantry will hold a once-a-month donation collection during Sunday worship services to promote material contributions for those attending First Community for 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. While we will advertise and encourage specific donations on a theme, we continue to accept all our typical donations! Click the image to download a printable PDF (or grab a flyer at either church campus) to hang on your fridge! We hope these fun themes will encourage donation participation.

What To Get and Where

Not all hair is the same! It’s important to know that different hair textures require different products, more than just shampoo and conditioner. I recently found this great resource online Tutus and Tennis ShoesAuthor and trained Cosmetology Instructor, Kanisha, provides guidance to families for families of transracial adoption to as they learn to care for their children’s hair. I encourage you to explore the site if for no other reason than to see all there is to learn.

This weekend, when choosing products to donate to our hair care drive, keep in mind Kanisha’s mission. Consider making a donation of hair care products you may not need yourself, like curl crème and hair masks. Of course, we will gladly accept your average shampoo and conditioner too!

For your convenience, we have included ads from major retailers with pertinent items currently on sale. Click the image to browse through the Facebook post for more info.

Donations Needed

Bring these items with you to worship this weekend, or click here for donation hours and instructions.

Social Media This Week

Here’s what you may have missed this week! To see regular updates, follow us on

Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner

All Heart to Heart volunteers past and present are invited to attend this dinner. Heart to Heart staff members will show their appreciation to hardworking volunteers that make our ministry possible. Awards will be presented to outstanding volunteers, and we will hear short remarks from the staff. This is an opportunity for fellowship among all our volunteers. Please RSVP by January 26 so that we may plan the event accordingly.

Click here to RSVP

PUPdate

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

  • December 6:          Commons at Livingston – 39
  • December 13:        Hope Resource Center – 43
  • December 20:        Southpoint – 40
  • December 21:        Riverview – 40
  • December 27:        Grant – 36

Pop Up 2023 Monthly totals: 

  • January:         153
  • February:       161
  • March:            190
  • April:               171
  • May:                226
  • June:              190
  • July:                188
  • August:           237
  • September:     215
  • October:          181
  • November:      254
  • December:      198

Totals for 2023 per site:

  • Livingston: 400
  • Hope: 608
  • Southpoint: 475
  • Grant: 338
  • Riverview International Center: 358
  • Southpark: 185

YTD:  Individuals/families served:  2,364

Click the image below to read the full December 2023 PUPdate.

New Year Reminders

Inclement Weather Plan

Since Heart to Heart food pantry is an essential service for many, we will make every attempt to remain open during regular business hours if it is deemed safe to do so. Conversely, if we do not have appropriate volunteer staffing, we may have to close even when the offices remain open. In the event we are closed, we will make note on our outgoing voicemail, on our Facebook/Instagram page and on our webpage. Volunteers for the day will be notified by email as soon as a decision to close has been made.

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.

Mission & Vision

The mission of Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.

The 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.

Special Skills

We understand not everyone can or wants to volunteer during our regular weekly shifts, but may still want to contribute to our overall success. Heart to Heart is on the lookout for a few volunteers with specialized skills to help with projects from time to time. Please let us know if you have a particular interest or are skilled in:

  • Woodworking, DIY, Building
  • Social Media
  • Community Advocacy
  • Elementary Education
  • One time assembly projects (eg. birthday bags)

While we may not have a related project in mind at the moment, these are some needs we have encountered over time and we would love to know who might be interested in helping with these things in the future. Have another skill or interest you think may be useful? Let us know!

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Mid-Ohio Food Collective Trainings

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective offers regular training opportunities for food pantry staff and volunteers. Trainings on FreshTrak and Food Safety 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.

For most trainings, volunteers will need to register with an agency name and number: Heart to Heart Agency #1042

Register Online at MOFC Agency360

Advocacy 101

Join the Conversation

MOFC’s Government Relations Team- Tim White and Hallie Carrino-Lee will host an open forum to discuss the State Budget and its effects on essential programs and benefits for your customers.

Explore ways to push back and advocate against the continued assault on SNAP and othe Hinger/Feeding issues and what’s happening on Capitol Hill.

Bring your questions and prepare to engage! Registration is required. This session of Advocacy will be held via ZOOM.

  • Thu, Feb 22 at 10 am

MOFC Food Safety Training

Level 1 Person In Charge

This training was developed by Feeding America and ServSafe for those who partner with foodbanks and is relevant to the work you are doing in your communities.

The course is online, at no-cost to your agency and once taken and successfully passed, the certification never expires for the person who takes the training!

Questions? Contact Ann Miller-Tobin at amillertobin@mofc.org

The following dates and times are available:

  • Mon, Feb 5, 10 am to 12 pm

Healthcare Navigation

Embarking with MOFC

Join us for an enlightening information session on Get Covered Ohio, hosted by the Mid-Ohio Food Collective’s Healthcare Navigation Team.

With the combined efforts of eight local and regional organizations providing Navigator services, learn how MOFC is connecting Ohioans with free information and assistance on health insurance. This 90-minute session promises valuable insights into exploring, enrolling, and optimizing health coverage options in your communities. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to empower your customers, partners, and yourself – mark your calendar and be prepared to join us online, over Zoom!

Questions? Contact Nicole DeLozier at 614-230-9166 or ndelozier@mofc.org

  • Wed, Jan 24 at 9:30 am

FreshTrak Basic Training

(FKA PantryTrak)

This online via zoom 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.

Questions? Contact Ann Miller-Tobin at amillertobin@mofc.org

The following dates and times are available:

  • Tue, Feb 20 at 2 pm
  • Thu, Mar 21 at 10 am

Getting to Know You: Yohan Kim

By Staff Bio

Yohan Kim

Yohan Kim is the Heart to Heart Food Pantry Manager at First Community, overseeing operations, food donations, volunteer work, and client-facing activities. He will be hitting the 3-year mark as an employee on March 1, 2024, having started out as a volunteer, then moving on to part-time Volunteer Coordinator. His role has included transitioning the pantry into an effective operation during and after the coronavirus pandemic, which spread activities into multiple church buildings and 2 endpoints for distribution: Drive-Thru and Pop-Up Pantry.

Yohan has an eclectic background, having started out as an army brat in Kansas, Germany, and Oklahoma, before remaining in Ohio from age 4 onward, bouncing between Athens and Columbus (Northland and Eastland areas). He has a BA in Film Studies from The Ohio State University, plus a varied work history that includes US Hair, MAPFRE Stadium, and Half Price Books in Columbus, a photo company near Mansfield, as well as background acting and assorted entry-level film jobs during a short stint in Los Angeles.

When not working, he can be found at happy hours and music shows, reading at his favorite café, indulging in his lifelong cinephilia, walking a trail, working out, and being a dad to a black cat named Sirius. Being an avid fan of the horror genre, he runs a monthly book club called Attack of the Killer Tomes and daydreams about writing horror movies for a living. He also once produced and co-hosted a podcast about Korean films, which ran for around 50 episodes. And if his body ever cooperates, he hopes to return to the world of martial arts, whether it’s Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or just something fun out of love for the game.

on set

Sirius

on the job