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May 24, 2024

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Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 65 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, May 21
  • 42 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, May 22
  • 59 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, May 23
  • 4 at Pop-Up Pantry on Thursday, May 23
  • 28 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD:  3,650

Mission Volunteer Workday

Memorial Day, May 27

It’s been quite a few months since our last Missions Volunteer Workday. We take these opportunities on days off, when they align with personal schedules, to do cleaning, repairs and other necessary non-routine tasks. Our next session is scheduled for Memorial Day, when many people are off work and school. If your BBQs are scheduled for Saturday or Sunday, please consider joining Amy that Monday!, May 27, at 10am. Sign up at tinyurl.com/h2hvolunteersignup

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, May 27

  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Mission Workday (9)

Regular volunteer shifts canceled

Tuesday, May 28

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

Wednesday, May 29

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

Thursday, May 30

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

Friday, May 31

  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
Sign up to Volunteer

News

Just A Note

  • Heart to Heart t-shirts are now available in size 3XL in the First Community Church Merch store online and at First Community North.
  • Heart to Heart’s regular volunteer shifts are canceled on Mon, May 27 for Memorial Day. Alternatively, volunteers may wish to sign up for the Missions Workday! A complete calendar of 2024 closings for Heart to Heart is available online here..
  • Our MOFC truck order schedule has changed to accommodate their inventory schedule, along with several upcoming holiday closings. Sign-Up Genius accurately reflects the updated volunteer shifts. The next three delivery dates are:

Mon Jun 3
Mon Jun 17
Mon Jun 26
Mon Jul 15

  • Have you read First Community’s revised Privacy Policy? This policy is in use by all departments, including our ministry at Heart to Heart!
  • Our next donation collection during FC worship services is for shaving supplies on Sun, Jun 16 (Father’s Day).

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!

Social Media

Make sure you are following the Heart to Heart on both Facebook and Instagram. Social media is one of the best ways for the world to share information! Every time you like or comment on one of our posts, it promotes engagement across the platform. When you share our posts, the information is immediately visible to those in your circle! It quickly helps spread our message- whether it be resource information, a plea for donations, or a volunteer opportunity. Sharing on social media is an easy way to support our mission. Check out these posts from the past week to see what you may have missed.

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

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.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Wed, Jun 13 at 2 pm
  • Thu, Jul 25 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!

The following dates and times are available:

  • Wed, May 29 at 2 pm
  • Fri, Jun 14 at 10 am
  • Mon, Jul 8 at 10 am

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team

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, Jun 13 at 10 am

May 17, 2024

By Weekly Update No Comments

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 64 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, May 14
  • 41 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, May 15
  • 66 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, May 16
  • 25 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD:  3,481

Monday’s Delivery from MOFC

This is what we can expect to see on the truck with Monday’s order of roughly 9,000 pounds. Click “Sign Up to Volunteer” button to the right if you’re able to help with unloading that afternoon. Click the image below to enlarge.

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, May 20

  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm MOFC Truck Unload (6)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (4)

Tuesday, May 21

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

Wednesday, May 22

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

Thursday, May 23

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

Friday, May 24

  • 9:00 am- 10:00 am Direct Retail Pickup (1)
  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
  • 11:00 am- 12:30 pm Shop & Stock (1)

Monday, May 27

  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Mission Workday (10)
  • Regular volunteer shifts canceled
Sign up to Volunteer

News

Mission Volunteer Workday

Memorial Day, May 27

It’s been quite a few months since our last Missions Volunteer Workday. We take these opportunities on days off, when they align with personal schedules, to do cleaning, repairs and other necessary non-routine tasks. Our next session is scheduled for Memorial Day, when many people are off work and school. If your BBQs are scheduled for Saturday or Sunday, please consider joining Amy that Monday!, May 27, at 10am. Sign up at tinyurl.com/h2hvolunteersignup

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!

This Week

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Kroger Community Rewards

Through the Community Rewards program, Kroger makes a contribution to Heart to Heart every time you shop.

In the quarter beginning Feb 1 and ending Apr 30, 2024 we earned $924.01 from the 253 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).

You can also login to your account to see how much your participation earned for us last quarter!

Just A Note

  • Heart to Heart t-shirts are now available in size 3XL in the First Community Church Merch store online and at First Community North.
  • Look for First Community in the Heart to Heart cargo van at the Grandview Memorial Parade on Sat, May 25.
  • Heart to Heart’s regular volunteer shifts are canceled on Mon, May 27 for Memorial Day. Alternatively, volunteers may wish to sign up for the Missions Workday! A complete calendar of 2024 closings for Heart to Heart is available online here..
  • Our MOFC truck order schedule has changed to accommodate their inventory schedule, along with several upcoming holiday closings. Sign-Up Genius accurately reflects the updated volunteer shifts. The next three delivery dates are:

Mon Jun 3
Mon Jun 17
Mon Jun 26
Mon Jul 15

  • Have you read First Community’s revised Privacy Policy? This policy is in use by all departments, including our ministry at Heart to Heart!
  • Our next donation collection during FC worship services is for shaving supplies on Sun, Jun 16 (Father’s Day).

Food Safety Memo

Change in procedure!

MOFC recently notified us that these items need to be refrigerated:

  • Asparagus
  • Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Salads, Spinach, Lettuce, Cabbage
  • Root Vegetables (Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Parsnips, etc.)
  • Walnuts

Produce items not listed can be stored at room temperature.
All dairy items, including eggs, must be refrigerated. Meat must be frozen.
Please use your best judgement. Better safe than sorry!

The memo below will be posted in food storage areas!

Social Media

Make sure you are following the Heart to Heart on both Facebook and Instagram. Social media is one of the best ways for the world to share information! Every time you like or comment on one of our posts, it promotes engagement across the platform. When you share our posts, the information is immediately visible to those in your circle! It quickly helps spread our message- whether it be resource information, a plea for donations, or a volunteer opportunity. Sharing on social media is an easy way to support our mission. Check out these posts from the past week to see what you may have missed.

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

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.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Tue, May 21 at 2 pm
  • Wed, Jun 13 at 2 pm
  • Thu, Jul 25 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!

The following dates and times are available:

  • Wed, May 29 at 2 pm
  • Fri, Jun 14 at 10 am
  • Mon, Jul 8 at 10 am

Strategic Storytelling

Erich Hiner, MOFC’s Communications Manager, will conduct the training.

In this interactive training, we will cover the “why,” the “what,” the “who,” and the “how” of customer storytelling for all Partner Agencies of Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Participants will learn the strategic value of storytelling; leave with practical, low-cost storytelling techniques; and get real story examples from their peers and the team at MOFC.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Fri, May 24 at 10:30 am in Barnesville, Ohio

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, Jun 13 at 10 am

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team
Save the Dates!

Grants 101 Workshop

Thu, Jun 20 9:30 am-11:30 am

Grants 102 Workshop

Tue, Jun 23 9:30 am-11:30 am

More information coming soon. To stay informed, please click here.

May 10, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 87 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, May 7
  • 41 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, May 8
  • 67 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, May 9
  • 47 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD:  3309

Calling All Volunteers!

It’s almost summer which means OSU Semester of Service students head back to their parents’ houses, high school students are off to various camps, and families take their vacations. This time of year we experience a transition in available volunteers that often leaves us wanting! We also open our Wednesday evening stocking shift to everyone during the summer. Students needing service hours (and teachers!) can now volunteer during the day, since they’re home from school. Minors will need a signed waiver form, which can be found online here. Please consider volunteering when you’re available this summer.

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, May 13

  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am Cold Stocking (1)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (2)

Tuesday, May 14

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

Wednesday, May 15

  • 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (3)

Thursday, May 16

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (5)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (1)

Friday, May 17

  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
Sign up to Volunteer

News

Mission Volunteer Workday

Memorial Day, May 27

It’s been quite a few months since our last Missions Volunteer Workday. We take these opportunities on days off, when they align with personal schedules, to do cleaning, repairs and other necessary non-routine tasks. Our next session is scheduled for Memorial Day, when many people are off work and school. If your BBQs are scheduled for Saturday or Sunday, please consider joining Amy that Monday!, May 27, at 10am. Sign up at tinyurl.com/h2hvolunteersignup

Sunday, May 12

On Mother’s Day, May 12, we will hold a collection for diapers and essential baby care supplies during worship services. Show your support for local mothers and families caring for infants by making a donation. Our volunteers, Becky and Susan, will be waiting outside worship spaces to take your donations at both First Community North (in the parking lot) and First Community South (outside the Crane Welcome Center).  Read about the importance of this drive in the May issue of On a Mission! monthly newsletter. Please give generously to support mothers in need!

April 2024 PUPdate

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

  • April 3:          Commons at Livingston – 42
  • April 10:        Hope Resource Center – 40
  • April 17:        Southpoint – 41
  • April 24:        Grant – 43
  • April 25:        Riverview International Center –  40

Pop Up 2024 Monthly totals: 

  • January:     238
  • February:   205
  • March:        201
  • April:           206

YTD:  Individuals/families served:  850

Click here to read the entire April Pupdate.

Announcement from Pop-Up Pantry

Below is an email excerpt from Rose Kandel:

May 9, 2024
Dear Dedicated Pop Up Volunteers,
I cannot believe two years have passed since I took the Co-Lead position with Heart to Heart’s Pop Up Pantry.  Our team is on a two year rotation, and it is my time to step down and let our other dedicated volunteers take on the co-lead position.  My time will end this month.
Kathleen Hatcher has helped me co-lead for the past six months and will be stepping up to replace me.  Kathleen will be assisted by Carla Edlefson and Bobbie Doak.  Both have been long time volunteers with our Pop Up Team.
I have enjoyed working with you and look forward to seeing you all when I return in the fall.
Serving in Faith,
~Rose

“I have seen so many good deeds-people helped, lives improved-because someone cared.  Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.” ~Rosalynn Carter

Bobbie Doak

Carla Edlefson

Rose Kandel

Rose Kandel

Kathleen Hatcher

Social Media

Make sure you are following the Heart to Heart on both Facebook and Instagram. Social media is one of the best ways for the world to share information! Every time you like or comment on one of our posts, it promotes engagement across the platform. When you share our posts, the information is immediately visible to those in your circle! It quickly helps spread our message- whether it be resource information, a plea for donations, or a volunteer opportunity. Sharing on social media is an easy way to support our mission. Check out these posts from the past week to see what you may have missed.

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

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team
Save the Dates!

Grants 101 Workshop

Thu, Jun 20 9:30 am-11:30 am

Grants 102 Workshop

Tue, Jun 23 9:30 am-11:30 am

More information coming soon. To stay informed, please click here.

Strategic Storytelling

Erich Hiner, MOFC’s Communications Manager, will conduct the training.

In this interactive training, we will cover the “why,” the “what,” the “who,” and the “how” of customer storytelling for all Partner Agencies of Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Participants will learn the strategic value of storytelling; leave with practical, low-cost storytelling techniques; and get real story examples from their peers and the team at MOFC.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Fri, May 24 at 10:30 am in Barnesville, Ohio

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, Jun 13 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.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Tue, May 21 at 2 pm
  • Wed, Jun 13 at 2 pm
  • Thu, Jul 25 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!

The following dates and times are available:

  • Wed, May 29 at 2 pm
  • Fri, Jun 14 at 10 am
  • Mon, Jul 8 at 10 am

May 3, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 62 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, April 30
  • 57 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, May 1
    • 42 at Livingston
    • 15 at South Park / Franklinton Farms
  • 58 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, May 2
  • 41 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD:  3115

MOFC Order Monday

Here’s what we can expect on the truck arriving tomorrow afternoon! It will be about 8,500 pounds. If you can help unload at 3:30pm or stock the shelves at 5pm, please sign up at tinyurl.com/h2hvolunteersignup

Click image to enlarge

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, May 6

  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am Cold Stocking (1)
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Stock Donations from Grace Fellowship (5)
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm MOFC Truck Unload (4)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (1)

Tuesday, May 7

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

Wednesday, May 8

  • 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm MOFB Shop-Thru (1)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (3)

Thursday, May 9

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (6)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (2)

Friday, May 10

  • 9:00 am- 10:00 am Direct Retail Pickup (1)
  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
Sign up to Volunteer

News

Women’s Guild Mini Garage Sale

The guilds will hold a mini garage sale in our parking lot today!

Sunday, May 12

Read about the importance of the Baby Care Drive being held on Mother’s Day in the May issue of On a Mission! monthly newsletter.

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!

Mission Volunteer Workday

Memorial Day, May 27

It’s been quite a few months since our last Missions Volunteer Workday. We take these opportunities on days off, when they align with personal schedules, to do cleaning, repairs and other necessary non-routine tasks. Our next session is scheduled for Memorial Day, when many people are off work and school. If your BBQs are scheduled for Saturday or Sunday, please consider joining Amy that Monday!, May 27, at 10am. Sign up at tinyurl.com/h2hvolunteersignup

Social Media

Make sure you are following the Heart to Heart on both Facebook and Instagram. Social media is one of the best ways for the world to share information! Every time you like or comment on one of our posts, it promotes engagement across the platform. When you share our posts, the information is immediately visible to those in your circle! It quickly helps spread our message- whether it be resource information, a plea for donations, or a volunteer opportunity. Sharing on social media is an easy way to support our mission. Check out these posts from the past week to see what you may have missed.

Calling All Volunteers!

It’s almost summer which means OSU Semester of Service students head back to their parents’ houses, high school students are off to various camps, and families take their vacations. This time of year we experience a transition in available volunteers that often leaves us wanting! We also open our Wednesday evening stocking shift to everyone during the summer. Students needing service hours (and teachers!) can now volunteer during the day, since they’re home from school. Minors will need a signed waiver form, which can be found online here. Please consider volunteering when you’re available this summer.

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

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team
Save the Dates!

Grants 101 Workshop

Thu, Jun 20 9:30 am-11:30 am

Grants 102 Workshop

Tue, Jun 23 9:30 am-11:30 am

More information coming soon. To stay informed, please click here.

Strategic Storytelling

Erich Hiner, MOFC’s Communications Manager, will conduct the training.

In this interactive training, we will cover the “why,” the “what,” the “who,” and the “how” of customer storytelling for all Partner Agencies of Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Participants will learn the strategic value of storytelling; leave with practical, low-cost storytelling techniques; and get real story examples from their peers and the team at MOFC.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Mon, May 6 at 10 am at MOFC Grove City
  • Fri, May 24 at 10:30 am in Barnesville, Ohio

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, Jun 13 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.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Tue, May 21 at 2 pm
  • Wed, Jun 13 at 2 pm
  • Thu, Jul 25 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!

The following dates and times are available:

  • Wed, May 29 at 2 pm
  • Fri, Jun 14 at 10 am
  • Mon, Jul 8 at 10 am

April 26, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 53 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, April 23
  • 41 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, April 24
  • 78 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, April 25
  • 25 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD:  2,896

Sunday, May 12

Read about the importance of the Baby Care Drive being held on Mother’s Day in the May issue of On a Mission! monthly newsletter.

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, April 29

  • 8:30 am- 9:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
  • 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm Stock Donations from OLV (2)
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (1)

Tuesday, April 30

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (3)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (5)

Wednesday, May 1

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

Thursday, May 2

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (7)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (5)

Friday, May 3

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

Women’s Guild Mini Garage Sale

Next weekend, the guilds will hold a mini garage sale in our parking lot!

Donations Needed

We are running low on these items, and could use your material donations! More information can be found at h2h.FCchurch.com/donate.

Social Media

Make sure you are following the Heart to Heart on both Facebook and Instagram. Social media is one of the best ways for the world to share information! Every time you like or comment on one of our posts, it promotes engagement across the platform. When you share our posts, the information is immediately visible to those in your circle! It quickly helps spread our message- whether it be resource information, a plea for donations, or a volunteer opportunity. Sharing on social media is an easy way to support our mission. Check out these posts from the past week to see what you may have missed.

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, Jun 13 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, Apr 29, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Strategic Storytelling

Erich Hiner, MOFC’s Communications Manager, will conduct the training.

In this interactive training, we will cover the “why,” the “what,” the “who,” and the “how” of customer storytelling for all Partner Agencies of Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Participants will learn the strategic value of storytelling; leave with practical, low-cost storytelling techniques; and get real story examples from their peers and the team at MOFC.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Mon, May 6 at 10 am at MOFC Grove City
  • Fri, May 24 at 10:30 am in Barnesville, Ohio

For more information on this training and a link to sign up, please click here.

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

April 19, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 58 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, April 16
  • 41 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, April 17
  • 71 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, April 18
  • 27 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD: 2,725

Monday Truck

Here’s what we can expect to see on the truck Monday afternoon. Please sign up using the button to the right if you’re able to help unload and stock this delivery! We expect about 6,100 pounds.

Click image to enlarge

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, April 22

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

Tuesday, April 23

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (7)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (5)

Wednesday, April 24

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

Thursday, April 25

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (3)

Friday, April 26

  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking (1)

May and June’s SUG are live. Click button below to access.

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Pop-Up Pantry

April’s calendar for the Pop-Up Pantry is available below. More about the PUP here.

Donations Needed

We are running low on these items, and could use your material donations to hold us over until the next order arrives on April 22! More information on donating, including a link to contribute online, can be found at h2h.FCchurch.com/donate.

Social Media

Make sure you are following the Heart to Heart on both Facebook and Instagram. Social media is one of the best ways for the world to share information! Every time you like or comment on one of our posts, it promotes engagement across the platform. When you share our posts, the information is immediately visible to those in your circle! It quickly helps spread our message- whether it be resource information, a plea for donations, or a volunteer opportunity. Sharing on social media is an easy way to support our mission. Check out these posts from the past week to see what you may have missed.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Make sure you are regularly checking this section of the blog for new courses and training times!

We recently posted several new training opportunities on social media as well.

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, Jun 13 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, Apr 29, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Strategic Storytelling

Erich Hiner, MOFC’s Communications Manager, will conduct the training.

In this interactive training, we will cover the “why,” the “what,” the “who,” and the “how” of customer storytelling for all Partner Agencies of Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Participants will learn the strategic value of storytelling; leave with practical, low-cost storytelling techniques; and get real story examples from their peers and the team at MOFC.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Mon, May 6 at 10 am at MOFC Grove City
  • Fri, May 24 at 10:30 am in Barnesville, Ohio

For more information on this training and a link to sign up, please click here.

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

  • April 25 Part 1. Understanding Ourselves
  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

April 13, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 49 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, April 2
  • 42 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, April 3
  • 57 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, April 4
  • 15 total new families this week (April 1-5)
  • 70 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, April 9
  • 40 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, April 10
  • 56 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, April 11
  • 37 total new families this week (April 8-12)
  • Families Served YTD: 2,555

Donation Drive This Sunday

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, April 15

  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Shop & Stock (5)

Tuesday, April 16

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

Wednesday, April 17

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

Thursday, April 18

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

Friday, April 19

  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking (1)
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PUPdate

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

  • March 6:          Commons at Livingston – 42
  • March 13:        Hope Resource Center – 40
  • March 20:        Southpoint – 42
  • March 27:        Grant – 37
  • March 28:        Riverview International Center –  40

Pop Up 2024 Monthly totals: 

  • January:     238
  • February:   205
  • March:       201

YTD:  Individuals/families served:  644

Click to read full report

Donations Needed

We are running low on these items, and could use your material donations to hold us over until the next order arrives on April 22! More information on donating, including a link to contribute online, can be found at h2h.FCchurch.com/donate.

Social Media

Make sure you are following the Heart to Heart on both Facebook and Instagram. Social media is one of the best ways for the world to share information! Every time you like or comment on one of our posts, it promotes engagement across the platform. When you share our posts, the information is immediately visible to those in your circle! It quickly helps spread our message- whether it be resource information, a plea for donations, or a volunteer opportunity. Sharing on social media is an easy way to support our mission. Check out these posts from the past week to see what you may have missed.

Make sure you are regularly checking this section of the blog for new courses and training times!

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, Jun 13 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, Apr 29, 10 am – 12:30 pm

Strategic Storytelling

Erich Hiner, MOFC’s Communications Manager, will conduct the training.

In this interactive training, we will cover the “why,” the “what,” the “who,” and the “how” of customer storytelling for all Partner Agencies of Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Participants will learn the strategic value of storytelling; leave with practical, low-cost storytelling techniques; and get real story examples from their peers and the team at MOFC.

The following dates and times are available:

  • Mon, May 6 at 10 am at MOFC Grove City
  • Fri, May 24 at 10:30 am in Barnesville, Ohio

For more information on this training and a link to sign up, please click here.

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

  • April 25 Part 1. Understanding Ourselves
  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

March 30, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 62 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, April 2
  • 37 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, April 3
  • 78 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, April 4
  • 30 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD: 2,201

Mark Your Calendar

Heart to Heart will be closed Monday, April 8. The truck delivery for that day has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 10.

Upcoming closings listed below:

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, April 1

  • Closed

Tuesday, April 2

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (5)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (3)

Wednesday, April 3

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

Thursday, April 4

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

Friday, April 5

  • 11:00 am- 12:30 pm Shop & Stock (6)
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News

Social Media

Here’s what you may have missed this week!

Donation Drive

We implore you to help those visiting our pantry by contributing to the Dental Hygiene drive during worship on April 14. While food is the priority at Heart to Heart, we strive to provide as many personal care items as possible. That day, you will find our volunteers Susan and Becky outside worship spaces ready to collect your donations!
More information on donating, including a link to contribute online, can be found at h2h.FCchurch.com/donate.

Annual UAHS PTO Shred Day & Food Drive

Jumpstart your Spring Cleaning April 6 from 10 am to 1 pm at Jones Middle School. We will be on site collected non-perishable food items and cash donations. For an additional donation to the PTO, you can bring up to 3 boxes of paper ($5 each) to be confidentially shredded.

Donations Needed

We are running low on these items, and could use your material donations to hold us over until the next order arrives on March 25!

More information on donating, including a link to contribute online, can be found at h2h.FCchurch.com/donate.

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, Jun 13 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, Apr 2 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, Apr 29, 10 am – 12:30 pm

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

  • April 25 Part 1. Understanding Ourselves
  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team

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

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

March 23, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 65 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, March 19
  • 42 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, March 20
  • 64 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, March 21
  • 29 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD: 2,024

Mark Your Calendar

Heart to Heart will be closed Monday, April 8. The truck delivery for that day has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 10.

Upcoming closings listed below:

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, March 25

  • 8:30 am- 9:30 am Cold Stocking (2)
  • 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm MOFB Order Unloading (4)

Tuesday, March 26

  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (2)

Wednesday, March 27

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

Thursday, March 28

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive Thru (2)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (1)

Friday, March 29

  • 9:00 am- 10:00 am Direct Retail Pickup (2)
  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking Shift (2)
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Social Media

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

Pop-Up Pantry Calendar

All Team Meeting

Calling All Gardeners!

One Time Volunteer Opportunity
South Side Family Farms

Minister Aaron at Franklinton Farms needs 10 volunteers to help plant seedlings on March 28th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. To sign up, email lavanya.watkins@franklintonfarms.org.

  • Location: South Side Family Farms
  • Contact: Minister Aaron Hopkins, Farm Manager
  • Date: March 28, 2024
  • Location: 1460 S. Champion Avenue  43206
  • Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am
  • Volunteers Needed: 10
  • Tasks: Planting seedlings

Annual UAHS PTO Shred Day & Food Drive

Jumpstart your Spring Cleaning April 6 from 10 am to 1 pm at Jones Middle School. We will be on site collected non-perishable food items and cash donations. For an additional donation to the PTO, you can bring up to 3 boxes of paper ($5 each) to be confidentially shredded.

Donations Needed

We are running low on these items, and could use your material donations to hold us over until the next order arrives on March 25!

More information on donating, including a link to contribute online, can be found at h2h.FCchurch.com/donate.

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, Jun 13 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, Apr 2 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, Apr 29, 10 am – 12:30 pm

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

  • April 25 Part 1. Understanding Ourselves
  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team

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

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.

March 16, 2024

By Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Statistics

Households Served

  • 60 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, March 12
  • 40 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, March 13
  • 46 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, March 14
  • 49 total new families this week
  • Families Served YTD: 1,853

Notes

Tuesday is Election Day

Both First Community campuses serve as polling locations. Tuesday is election day (primaries), but Heart to Heart will remain open. The drive-thru will function with slight modifications to accommodate additional traffic in the parking lot. Volunteers are asked to please park on Cambridge Blvd. or First Ave, allowing preschool parents and voters use of the limited parking lot spaces. Heart to Heart will only close for November elections.

Upcoming Dates
  • Feminine Hygiene drive during worship this Sunday, March 17.
  • Next MOFB Truck delivery is Monday, March 25.
  • Yohan’s jury duty starts Monday, March 25.
  • First Community Offices close at noon on Good Friday, March 29. Heart to Heart has no volutneer shifts on Friday afternoons.
  • First Community Offices, and Heart to Heart, are closed all day Monday, April 1.

Volunteers Needed

The following shifts next week are still in need of volunteers. Please click the button below to sign up for one of these open shifts.

Monday, March 18

  • 8:30 am- 9:30 am Cold Stocking (2)

Tuesday, March 19

  • 8:30 am- 10:30 am Drive-Thru (7)
  • 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Drive-Thru (5)

Wednesday, March 20

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

Thursday, March 21

  • 7:00 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 (1)

Friday, March 22

  • 9:00 am- 10:00 am Direct Retail Pickup (2)
  • 9:30 am- 10:30 am Cold Stocking Shift (2)
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Feminine Hygiene Drive

We call on you to contribute to our effort to provide these products to our clients. Please bring donations to any worship service on Sunday, March 17. At FC North, you will find the Heart to Heart van in the parking lot, ready to take your donations. At FC South, you will see a volunteer waiting outside the Crane center!

As a reminder, these donation drives are set up during worship monthly to highlight a particular need at the food pantry. Heart to Heart can use feminine hygiene products and other items throughout the year! We still need things like soup, jelly, and oatmeal, even when that’s not the month’s theme. More info at h2h.FCchurch.com/donate

Read more about this topic in the March issue of On a Mission! newsletter.

Donations Needed

We are running low on these items, and could use your material donations to hold us over until the next order arrives on March 25!

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.

More information on donating, including a link to contribute online, can be found at h2h.FCchurch.com/donate.

Seasonal PUP Site

Franklinton Farms

From May through October, the PUP will serve at the South Park Apartments along with with Franklinton Farms. Franklinton Farms will provide fresh produce and a hot meal, while our Pop-Up Pantry provides groceries on the first Wednesday of each month. This seasonal distribution takes place outside in the afternoon, when many children are not in school.

Franklinton Farms is one of the three sites of South Side Family Farms organization. The organization’s goal is Planting Seeds of Progress through Cultivation, Collaboration, and Conversation. Through their Produce Package Program, South Side provides subscriptions of produce for the benefit of area food pantries/assistance programs. First Community’s Mission and Community Justice programs have been working closely with the director, Minister Aaron Hopkins on the development of the project over the past two years.

We are grateful for the growing partnership between our two organizations. The PUP team is able to provide dry goods to the South Park Apartments site once a month in cooperation with Franklinton Farms. In return, the Franklinton Farms project regularly provides produce to Heart to Heart’s drive-thru during the growing season. An opportunity to volunteer for their garden program is also available (see right).

Calling All Gardeners!

One Time Volunteer Opportunity
South Side Family Farms

Minister Aaron at Franklinton Farms needs 10 volunteers to help plant seedlings on March 28th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. To sign up, email lavanya.watkins@franklintonfarms.org.

  • Location: South Side Family Farms
  • Contact: Minister Aaron Hopkins, Farm Manager
  • Date: March 28, 2024
  • Location: 1460 S. Champion Avenue  43206
  • Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am
  • Volunteers Needed: 10
  • Tasks: Planting seedlings
Long-term Volunteer Opportunity
First Community Share & Learn Garden

The Share & Learn Garden at First Community North is seeking volunteers for the upcoming growing season. This group of gardeners manages several raised beds that grow fresh produce for the food pantry. This is a great opportunity for those who want to contribute to the success of Heart to Heart in a unique way! Master Gardeners Cheryl and Loren Van Deusen will teach you everything you need to know, no experience required. If you want to learn more about the opportunity, the group’s first meeting is coming up soon.

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Annual UAHS PTO Shred Day & Food Drive

Jumpstart your Spring Cleaning April 6 from 10 am to 1 pm at Jones Middle School. We will be on site collected non-perishable food items and cash donations. For an additional donation to the PTO, you can bring up to 3 boxes of paper ($5 each) to be confidentially shredded.

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, Jun 13 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, Apr 2 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, Apr 29, 10 am – 12:30 pm

3-Part Learning Journey

Facilitator Daniel Juday, will explore inclusion, culture, barriers and obstacles in the work that we do while learning tools for building better relationships with our customers, co-workers, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place in-person at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective main campus: 3960 Brookham Dr. Grove City, OH. 43123.

  • April 25 Part 1. Understanding Ourselves
  • June 4 Part. 2 – Understanding Our World
  • September 12 Part. 3 – Understanding Our Team

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

For more information on this 3-Part training and a link to sign up, please click here.