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Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Manager: (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
1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212

About Us

The Pop Up Pantry was created in July 2020 as an outreach mission of Heart to Heart food pantry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As community hunger needs increased and transportation was reduced, our neighbors needed direct delivery of food. The Pop Up Pantry team works closely with the site’s social workers to regularly deliver to their residents. We also occasionally provide toiletries, clothing and have fulfilled Christmas wishes for the children living at Southpoint Place. We wish to continue to expand our services in the future.

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Instructions

What to expect when you volunteer

  1. Four volunteers will be scheduled for the Pop Up Pantry on any given week.
  2. Additionally, a weekly volunteer coordinator will be designated to serve as the team leader on the schedules date.
  3. On your scheduled date, volunteers will meet at First Community South in Brownlee Hall to bag food and load it into the church’s van.
  4. Volunteers will receive hands-on instructions for bagging when they arrive at First Community.
  5. Two volunteers will then deliver bagged food at a distribution site designated by the agency.
  6. Designated volunteers will complete the registration of clients on PantryTrak from  forms completed and provided on site.
  7. All volunteers must adhere to First Community COVID-19 guidelines, the values, and procedures set forth by Heart to Heart food pantry.

Partner Sites

The Pop Up Pantry delivers groceries regularly to several area social service agencies on a rotating monthly basis, using the schedule below.


First Wednesday, 11 am to 2 pm
The Commons at Livingston

  • 3349 East Livingston Ave. Columbus, OH 43227
  • Commons at Livingston houses homeless veterans: males and females. Its handicap accessible community offers one bedroom floor plans, on-site service coordination and employment assistance.

Second Wednesday, 8:45 am to 12:30 pm
Fifth Wednesday, 8:45 am to 12:30 pm
Hope Resource Center at Garrett Recovery

  • First United Brethren in Christ Church 496 S. Wheatland Ave. Columbus, OH 43204
  • The HOPE Resource Center provides compassionate care and a safe haven for our brothers and sisters living in the streets battling addiction, human trafficking, and homelessness.

Third Wednesday, 11 am to 2 pm
Southpoint Place

  • 3940 Southpoint Blvd. Columbus, OH 43207
  • This permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled is an approach that assumes that people are much more likely to become stable, contributing members of society when they have a safe, affordable place to live.

Fourth Wednesday, 11 am to 2 pm
The Commons at Grant

  • 398 S Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

  • Commons at Grant offers an affordable rental community with transportation and service-coordination for seniors.


Fourth Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm
Riverview International Center

  • 552 Riverview Drive, Apt. B, Columbus, OH 43202
  • The Riverview International Center empowers our New American neighbors by supporting individuals, strengthening families and nurturing community.

Seasonal, Time TBD
Franklinton Farms at Southpark Apartments

  • 867 W. Town St, Suite A, Columbus, OH 43222
  • Franklinton Farms is a non-profit urban farm dedicated to growing and sharing healthy food, creating beauty, and building community with our neighbors.

History

Monday, January 17, 2022

Dear Friends,

We would like to share with you our journey as volunteers with the Pop Up Pantry, an outreach ministry of Heart to Heart.  Through this church mission, we’ve experienced and continue to experience many opportunities for spiritual growth as well as Christian service.

In the early days of the pandemic, a small team of Heart to Heart volunteers got together in fellowship and began discussions about the need to help families with food insecurity during uncertain times.  While Heart to Heart quickly transitioned from a walk-in service to a new drive-through service, fewer families were coming to the pantry.  Knowing that our pantry was blessed with an abundance of food and that food insecurity was growing, we felt determined to find a way to help more families. Recognizing transportation might be a barrier to coming to the drive-through service, we envisioned a mobile pantry that would take our food directly to families in their local communities.

With this vision in mind, our six founding volunteers developed a proposal for a new outreach ministry of Heart to Heart.  Our plan was to deliver food items from our pantry to various sites in Columbus by partnering with local human service agencies.  Through the support of Heart to Heart’s Director and with the blessing of Dr. Miles, the Pop Up Pantry was created in July of 2020.

The Pop Up Pantry began by delivering food to an agency site one day a week. Our small team of volunteers worked through new processes for bagging food, while maintaining pandemic safety precautions of masking and social distancing.  To further ensure a safe environment, food was bagged outside through the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter months.  Additional volunteers were recruited to help with driving the church van and unloading bags of food at the sites.  By the end of 2020, the Pop Up Pantry outreach ministry had delivered food to 745 families at our agency sites.

In addition to delivering food weekly in our first year, the Pop Up Pantry coordinated a Christmas toy and gift drive for children of the families at Southpoint Village Apartments (Southpoint), one of our agency sites.  Southpoint is a supported housing complex servicing those with disabling mental illness, chemical dependence and chronic homelessness.  We were fortunate for the opportunity to partner with Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School, whose students, families and staff generously donated many of the toys and gifts.  We were also blessed by donations from Guild Groups D and RSZ, Share and Learn Garden, church families and friends.  These donations truly made Christmas wishes come true for the children at Southpoint!

During 2021, the Pop Up Pantry was able to expand to two days a week, adding new agency sites and volunteers.  Balancing safety with pandemic surges during the year continued to be an important priority.  Our small team of volunteers worked diligently throughout the year, managing a large workload each week. Through the ongoing commitment of our founding volunteers and dedication of our volunteer team, the Pop Up Pantry served 1,714 families last year.

In 2021, the Pop Up Pantry held its second annual Christmas toy and gift drive for families of children at Southpoint. At the start of the drive, families identified “wish lists” of gifts for their children.  For the second year in a row, 100% of these “wish lists” were fulfilled enabling us to provide 172 gifts for 86 children.  We are thankful for the generosity and goodwill of students, families, staff at Wickliffe as well as church groups and friends again this past year.

Our calling has gone beyond the provision of food from the pantry at our agency sites. In addition to our gift drive for Southpoint, volunteers have collected and delivered clothing items for Hope Resource Center (Hope).  Hope provides compassionate care to those living with addiction and resources needed to enrich and transform their lives. Many of those served by Hope are also experiencing chronic homelessness. Additionally, our six founding members made monetary donations last year in honor of our van drivers to Hope and Riverview International Center (RIC).  RIC helps New Americans with meeting their basic needs, strengthening families and nurturing community.

Since its inception, over 2,400 families have been served through the Pop Up Pantry. We’re so very grateful for our partner agencies who’ve enabled us to reach out to these families.  These agencies include National Church Residences, Hope Resource Center, Franklinton Farms and Riverview International Center.

We’re blessed by our church family and the groups who work with us to support the Pop Up Pantry and the communities we serve.  The Share and Learn Garden team has provided nutritious produce during the growing season.  The Monday Night Meals team has provided leftover bread items and desserts each week.  In addition, the Trading Post has donated clothing to Hope and the Mat Maker group has made many mats for Hope.  We could not serve our families without the ongoing efforts of our wonderful team of volunteers and support from Heart to Heart’s leadership.

This journey has brought us many blessings in serving others with grace and compassion as God calls us to do.  We would like to invite you to share in these blessings by joining us at the Pop Up Pantry anytime you feel called to do so.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the opportunities the Pop Up Pantry has provided to us.  We look forward to continuing to serve and expand this outreach ministry in the New Year.

Blessings,

Carla Edlefson
Kathleen Hatcher
Rose Kandel
Kitty Rohrer
Janice Rook
Melody Smiley

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Monthly Updates

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Pop-UPdate: November 2023

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In November, the Pop Up Pantry, delivered to the following sites:

  • November 1:          Commons at Livingston – 39
  • November 8:          Hope Resource Center – 42
  • November 13:        Southpark/Franklinton Farms – 22
  • November 15:        Southpoint – 40
  • November 16:        Riverview International Center – 40
  • November 22:        Grant – 31
  • November 29:        Hope Resource Center – 40

Pop Up 2023 Monthly totals:

  • January:         153
  • February:       161
  • March:            190
  • April:               171
  • May:                226
  • June:              190
  • July:                188
  • August:           237
  • September:     215
  • October:          181
  • November:      254

YTD:     Individuals/families served:  2,166

Our seasonal site to Southpark in South Franklinton ended this month.  We worked alongside Franklinton Farms from April – November and served 185 families.  We have had the pleasure of working with Becca Brown, Executive Director at Franklinton Farms, for the past several years.  She has taken a new position and will be leaving in December.  Emma Gardner, Philanthropy Coordinator, and Michelle Nowak, Farm Manager, will be our contacts moving forward.  We wish Becca well as she begins her new job.

Our visits to Hope Resource Center have seen an increase in individuals seeking a hot meal, clothing, free on site health clinic and our Pop Up Pantry food. The need is growing.  In October, Hope had 1,593 visits (774 women and 819 men).  We are grateful that Heart to Heart and our Pop Up team are able to be there for those in need.  We have formed many friendships and enjoyed many conversations with our neighbors.

The Southpoint Christmas Gift drive is coming to a close.  We have 27 families signed up.  There are 81 children and 145 gifts total.  Janice Rook and Mark Tucker have been working to coordinate the gifts so all the children’s wishes are granted.  Our Pop Up team will deliver the gifts to Southpoint on Monday, December 11th.

We appreciate all the donors who have contributed to our Southpoint Christmas.  Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School was a big part of this effort along with Women’s Guild Groups, Couple’s Circles, Share and Learn Garden group, many family members and friends along with many others from outside the church.  It is heartwarming to have so many individuals be a part of such an important project to bring cheer to the children at Christmas.

Our team is continually blessed and grateful for everyone who contributes to Heart to Heart and the Pop Up Pantry with their continued donations and service.  We couldn’t do all this without the dedicated individuals who give so freely to our community in need.

Contact Information

The Pop-Up pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers. Please get in touch with one of the team leaders if you’re interested in getting involved or learning more.

Rose Kandel
Melody Smiley
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“…if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.”
Isaiah 58:12
” Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Hebrews 13:26