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Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Manager: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Tuesdays 9am to 12pm
Thursdays 9am to 12pm
First Community South
1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212

February 17, 2024

By February 15, 2024February 22nd, 2024Weekly Update

Weekly Update


Households Served

  • 78 in Drive- Thru on Tuesday, February 13
  • 42 at Pop-Up Pantry on Wednesday, February 14
  • 57 in Drive-Thru on Thursday, February 15
  • 45 total new families this week

Corrected 02/22/2024

Holiday Closing

Mark your calendar! We will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of President’s Day. Click the image below for a complete list of 2024 closings.

Volunteers Needed

Monday, February 19

Closed for President’s Day!

Tuesday, February 20

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

Wednesday, February 21

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

Thursday, February 22

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

Monday, February 26

Next Truck Delivery!

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SOUPerbowl Results

Thank you to all who donated this past Sunday to our Soup Drive during worship services. Thanks to your generosity we collected 412 pounds and $185 in donations.

  • Leading in soup donations: FC North with 289 pounds and $45 donated
  • Leading in financial contributions: FC South with $140 and 123 pounds donated

Kansas City may have won the big game, but we feel like the real winners at Heart to Heart!

Kroger Community Rewards

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

In the quarter beginning November 1, 2023 and ending January 31, 2024 we earned $910.99 from the 257 participating households.

Enroll your Kroger customer loyalty card in the program today. Visit 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!

Colin Gawel

January 12’s Cheap Trick for Charity event at Woodlands Tavern raised $850.00 for Heart to Heart. We are grateful for Colin (and the rest of the Cheap Trick cover band) for continued support of our ministry. As highlighted at the Volunteer Appreciation and Awards dinner, Colin held 3 events for our benefit in 2023 alone.

  • Jan 9-16, 2023 Food Drive at Colin’s Coffee
  • Jan 14, 2023 Cheap Trick for Charity
  • Nov 28, 2023 Cheap Trick for Charity

Colin is the owner of Colin’s Coffee, which recently moved into a shared space with the Daily Growler on Fishinger Rd. We encourage you to stop in, grab a coffee, and show him your appreciation for his support.

Heart of Gold Award

At last week’s Volunteer Appreciation and Award Dinner, we honored many of outstanding volunteers. One volunteer was especially singled out for her dedication to our ministry!

Rose Kandel is the recipient of our first ever Heart of Gold award.

This award will be presented annually to the volunteer with the most recorded service hours at Heart to Heart. Rose had a total of 399.33 hours, and that is just what was recorded! She also spent many hours off site in her role as one of the Pop-Up Pantry’s volunteer leaders, meticulously organizing information and remaining in constant communication with the staff. If you see Rose, please thank her for her service.

Rose Kandel

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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
  • 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

The following dates and times are available:

  • Tue, Feb 20 at 2 pm
  • Thu, Mar 14 at 10 am
  • 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

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

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