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First Community South
1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212

May 10, 2024

By May 9, 2024May 13th, 2024Weekly Update

Weekly Update


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)
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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

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,

“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