The following is an excerpt from an email received from Mid-Ohio Food Collective on July 5, which explains the funding allocations for food programs:
“Mid-Ohio Food Collective is grateful the Legislature has prioritized the food needs of Ohioans in the final state budget proposal. The additional funding for Ohio’s foodbanks will go a long way toward ensuring every Ohioan is able to put food on their tables. We look forward to continued partnership with the Ohio House, Ohio Senate and Governor DeWine to reach our vision of hunger-free, healthier communities.”
Last Friday, the Ohio legislature reached a deal for the two-year state operating budget. This was a very difficult budget environment; many parts of the health and human service sectors saw their funding cut. But we have some amazing news to share with you all:
Funding for core food programs that support Ohio’s foodbanks will be $32.05 million per year- an increase of $7.5 million each year. These increased funds will help respond to the record demand for services across our service network and across Ohio. In other good news, the most concerning provisions about SNAP were removed and an expansion of free school meals was restored (for kids eligible for reduced-price meals, meaning about 80,000 more kids will get free breakfast and lunch).
Together, we made a difference! This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication from you our Partner Agency Network. You played an integral role in responding to our Call To Action, Thank You!
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Training Opportunities through Mid-Ohio Food Collective
Food Safety Training – Level 1 Person In Charge
We are excited to announce that MOFC/Agency Services is launching a brand new Person in Charge (Level 1) Food Safety Training developed by Feeding America and ServSafe.
This training is targeted to those who partner with foodbanks and is much more relevant to the work you are doing in your communities.
The new FA Food Safety will be offered, online, at no-cost to your agency AND even more exciting is the fact that once taken and successfully passed, the certification never expires for the person who takes the training!
Starting July 10th, and thought the month we will offer the new training six separate times. Giving you the opportunity to take this new training when it is most convenient for you. In August and September training will be offered twice. October through December training will be offered once each month. You will have many, many options to choose from.
If you have a current Person in Charge (Level 1) training, we are strongly encouraging you to get on board with this new training as soon as possible. This way you are trained in food safety that is Feeding America certified AND you will never have to worry about keeping up with your expiration timeline, because you won’t have one!
Only one person per agency is required to take the training and be certified. However if you have others at your agency want to take the training we suggest you host a “Watch Party” on your selected training date. Please make sure each person is registered individually and has a valid email address. This is extremely important since the Food Safety Test will be emailed directly to each attendee at the conclusion of the training.
Registration for the new Food Safety Training is open You will be able to access the registration link for the Agency360 Calendar. Just look for the NEW FOOD SAFETY title with the July 10th calendar date. The following dates and times will be available to choose from:
For most of the classes, you’ll need to sign up using our name and agency number: Heart to Heart, Agency #1042.
Our next order from Mid-Ohio Foodbank will arrive on July 17. In the meantime, we are looking for donations to help keep our shelves full.
Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
The safety of the children we serve is our top priority, so anyone who volunteers with children or is a staff member (whether you work with children or not) at First Community is required to attend our Darkness to Light sexual abuse prevention training. Re-certification for staff or volunteers who work with children is required every three years.
We are asking Heart to Heart volunteers to take this training, as we work in and around the building when Preschool is in session. The training is now offered at no cost to our volunteers. Please consider enrolling to learn how to better protect our children.
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.
The Tri-Village Lions Club will hold a Pancake Breakfast:
Saturday, July 22nd, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Grandview High School, 1587 Third Ave.
Tickets are $8/adults, $4/children 5-12.
You can also donate tickets so Heart to Heart food pantry clients can enjoy an old-fashioned pancake breakfast, and the Tri-Village Lions will match your donation! For just $20, 6-8 adults/children will eat.
To pledge $20 and get information on payment, contact Jane Jarrow at email@example.com or 614-571-5681.
Please note that donations for this activity cannot be accepted at Heart to Heart food pantry. You must use the contact information above to make a donation!
Our July drive is for skin care products. Consider making a donation of lotion, body wash, soap, or sunscreen. These are items frequently requested from our clients. 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.
These themed drives every month are merely a suggestion of items to donate to Heart to Heart. We will gladly accept other donations on Sunday, July 16. We would also accept skin care products in any month. The suggestion list may be useful if you are working with a small group (guild, classroom, Girl Scout Troop, book club). It will help you focus your efforts to just a few items, and you can search for sales and good deals together!