Pop- UP date
Please read this update from volunteer leaders Janice Rook and Melody Smiley.
The Pop Up Pantry continued to successfully serve clients in their local communities during September. Food was distributed to clients/families at the following agency sites:
- September 2: Commons at Livingston, 29 households
- September 9: Southpoint Apartments, 35 households
- September 16: Commons at Grant, 40 households
- September 23: Commons at Buckingham, 40 households
144 clients/families were served in September, an increase of 21 over those served in August.
Our team of three volunteers skillfully bagged food each Wednesday during the month. We were able to facilitate a safe working environment by bagging food outside, limiting our number of volunteers, maintaining physical distancing, masking, and hand hygiene. Our volunteer van drivers have assisted greatly in loading the food in the van after bagging is completed and delivering it to the designated site.
We’re thankful this month for the assistance of our Share and Learn Garden and the Seeds of Hope Garden in providing us with the ability to add fresh produce to the dry food items served to our Pop Up Pantry clients. We’re also grateful to Carol Baker and the Monday Meals for the Homeless team for sharing bread and dessert items with our clients.
Our entire team of dedicated volunteers worked diligently to ensure the needs of our clients were met each week. Those volunteering during September were Kitty Rohrer, Kathleen Hatcher, Rose Kandel, Carla Edlefson, Glen Zook, Steve Young, Mark Tucker and Boyce Lancaster. Our clients and their agency contacts/case managers expressed much appreciation for the efforts of our team.
The Pop Up Pantry team looks forward to continuing to grow this outreach initiative by serving more clients with food insecurity needs and in expanding our work with other community agencies and sites. We are blessed by the opportunity to further the mission of Heart to Heart and our church in serving others as God calls us to do.
As part of our agreement with Mid-Ohio Food Collective, we must maintain certain standards. One of these is Civil Rights training for all of our volunteers. All volunteers are required to complete this online training. There are three steps to this process.
- Take the free online training course available here.
- Complete the quiz at the end of the slideshow.
- Use this online form to let us at Heart to Heart know you have completed your training, so we can verify with Mid-Ohio Food Collective. Please note you are not required to login as a First Community member to complete this step.
Are you interested in being a shift leader? Please let us know.
Volunteers interested in being shift leaders will need to complete the online Food Safety course. The cost to complete the course and receive certification is $15. Training is available on the ServSafe website. Follow the instructions on their site to purchase the course and take the assessment online. If you’re interested in the training, but the cost of the course is burdensome, please send us an email so we can purchase the course online and send you the information to access it.
Are you a volunteer interested in learning how to use PantryTrak from a representative at Mid-Ohio Food Collective?
Click one of the links below to sign up for one of three virtual training sessions:
For more info on volunteer opportunities, click here.
Work in Progress
Progress is being made in Lincoln Road Chapel to accommodate our plans to move operations into the building as the weather turns colder.
- Mold inspector has visited and given recommendations
- Dumpster was removed from parking lot on Friday
- Received a proposal with estimate to replace some of the flooring
- Contractor visited and working on proposal for interior work including replacing drywall, plasterwork, stonework, windows, etc.
- Contractor working on proposal for outdoor wheelchair ramp
And what does the Lord
require of you
But to do justice,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly
with your God?
Micah 6:8 NKJ
Our mission at Heart to Heart is to respond to God’s commandment to love one another.
Our 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
In accordance with Federal law and U.S.D.A. policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.