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Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly.
Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 102
Administrator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Volunteer Coordinator: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
hearttoheart@FCchurch.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Tuesdays 9am to 12pm
Thursdays 9am to 12pm
First Community South
1944 W. First Avenue Columbus, OH 43212

Weekly Update

Service Statistics

Households served via Drive-Thru

  • 44 on Tuesday, October 5
  • 30 on Thursday, October 7

Households served via Pop-Up

  • 37 on Wednesday, October 6

Click here to read our monthly statistics from September 2021.

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed next week for the following shifts:

Monday, October 11
9:00am – 10:00am Stocking Shift (2)
11:30am – 1:00pm Preshop (1)
3:30pm- 4:30pm MOFB Truck Unloading (4)

Tuesday, October 12
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (4)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (6)

Wednesday, October 13
1:00 – 2:00pm MOFB Shop Thru (1)

Thursday, October 14
8:30am – 10:30am Drive-Thru (4)
10:00am – 12:30pm Drive-Thru (6)

Friday, October 15
9:00am – 10:00am Giant Eagle Pickup (1)
9:00am – 10:00am Marc’s Pickup (1)
10:00am – 11:00am Cold Stocking Shift (2)

Click the lightbulb to sign up!

News

Pop UPdate

The Pop Up Pantry team delivered food directly to clients and their families at the following agency sites during the months of August and September:

  • August 4:          Commons at Livingston-37 clients
  • August 11:         Hope Recovery Services-30 clients
  • August 18:        Southpoint Village Apartments-35 clients
  • August 25:        Commons at Grant-30 clients
  • September 1:    Commons at Livingston-37 clients
  • September 8:    Hope Recovery Services-30 clients
  • September 9:    Franklinton Farms-18 clients
  • September 22:  Southpoint Village Apartments-35 clients
  • September 29:  Commons at Grant-30 clients

Monthly totals for 2021:

  • January 144
  • February 135
  • March 121
  • April 130
  • May 127
  • June 124
  • July 132
  • August 132
  • September 150

We continue to work with potential agency sites for the expansion of our Pop Up Pantry on Thursday afternoons. Wedgewood Village Apartments has been on hold due to staffing issues.

We completed our initial Thursday delivery to our newest site, Franklinton Farms on September 9.  As the Franklinton Farms site is seasonal, we will not be delivering food during the winter months.

Our Pop Up Pantry team is pleased to be adding a second Thursday afternoon site in October, Riverview International Center.  This site is currently being served monthly by Barb Falkenberg and Michelle McClure of our Refugee Task Force.  Our food delivery to this site will begin on Thursday, October 28.  We’re grateful for the many efforts and support of Barb, Michelle, and Amy Caskie in ensuring a seamless transition for this agency site.

Again this year, the Pop Up Pantry team will be conducting a toy and gift drive for the families and children at our Southpoint Village Apartment site.  We are excited to be partnering once again with Wickliffe Elementary School to make wishes come true for these wonderful children at Christmas.

We are blessed by the ongoing support of our dedicated volunteers and church leadership in continuing to grow this outreach ministry of Heart to Heart.

Holiday Help

Once again, this year, our much-loved Christmas Presence program has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have come up with an alternative to enable us to assist client families in need this holiday season.

Groups, families, and individuals are welcome to sponsor a family or families that request holiday assistance this year financially through the purchase of gifts for them. Sponsors will be asked to contact their sponsored family directly to get ideas for Christmas gifts and make arrangements for delivery or pick-up. There will be no suggested expenditures for each family, as we would like sponsors to help in the way they best see fit.

Clients who are in need of assistance this holiday season will be asked to notify Heart to Heart by phone or email to hearttoheart@fcchurch.com. Staff will get contact information and family make-up from the clients and pass the information along to our dedicated volunteer and social worker extraordinaire, Kitty Rohrer. Kitty will then match inquiring families with those looking to sponsor them.

We will continue to match families and sponsors through November 17. After that date, all inquiries, both clients and sponsors, will be referred to other programs by our team of resource volunteers. This small group answers emails and voicemails received through Heart to Heart’s resource line at 614-488-0681 x241. The group is made up of social workers and community advocates familiar with programs available to our clients.

We are eager to help our clients in need, but also cautious about large gatherings as the pandemic continues. We encourage both sponsor and sponsored families to follow appropriate social-distancing guidelines and wear masks, especially if unvaccinated. Hopefully, this effort will prove to be a sufficient alternative to Christmas Presence. We hope to continue the tradition of partnering with the Trading Post again next year!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at HearttoHeart@fcchurch.com. This information will also be available online at h2h.FCchurch.com/christmas2021.

Volunteer Training Opportunities

Pantry Trak/Fresh Trak

This workshop will provide the fundamentals to get started with Pantry Trak at your agency. Participants with learn how to administer the intake process using Pantry Trak and will be guided on best practices for developing an efficient process in registering your clients. For agencies already using Pantry Trak, this workshop will be helpful as a refresher of the basics.

Training will be held virtually via ZOOM. Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number. (Heart to Heart Agency 1042).

Click below to register:

Food Safety

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify food safety risks
  • Take appropriate action when someone has symptoms of foodborne illness or is diagnosed with a reportable disease
  • Follow good personal hygiene and hand care practices
  • Identify cross-contamination risks and methods for prevention
  • Implement effective cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Identify appropriate pest prevention measures and signs of pest infestations
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in compliance with regulations

Training will be held via ZOOM MEETING. Once you have registered you will be sent the link for the Zoom approximately 48 hours prior to the training session. Please make sure you register with your name, email address and phone number as well as your Agency Name and ID Number. (Heart to Heart Agency 1042)

Click below to register:

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.