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1944 W. First Avenue Columbus, OH 43212
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Pop UPdate: July 2022

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

  • July 6:     Commons at Livingston – 35
  • July 13:   Hope Resource Center – 35
  • July 18:   South Park Apartment w/Franklinton Farms – 17
  • July 20:   Southpoint – 38
  • July 27:   Commons at Grant – 33
  • July 28:   Riverview International Center – 29

Total served for the month of July:  187

Pop Up 2022 Monthly Totals:

  • January:      161
  • February:     159
  • March:         154
  • April:            162
  • May:             162
  • June:            225
  • July:             187

YTD:         1,210 individuals/families served

Our continued collaboration with Franklinton Farms is going well.  The South Park families have welcomed us and we are enjoying meeting the families with their children. Franklinton Farms has just recently been able to create some raised beds for the families at South Park Apartments so they can begin working their own gardens and have fresh produce available to them.  We found out many of the residents used to farm back in their country and this garden experience is a welcome sight for them.

The Pop Up Pantry is excited to work with First Community’s K-5 Department on this backpack project.  We have designated Riverview International Center to be the recipient of these backpacks.  We are hoping to receive 50-70 backpacks to deliver to Riverview on August 22nd.

We welcomed another volunteer this month:  Nancy Donaldson.  She will be joining the Pop Up for the summer months.  Nancy came to observe and jumped right in.  She is a wonderful addition to our team.

Melody and I are continually blessed to have the support of First Community/Heart to Heart staff and all the dedicated volunteers who give so much of their time and energy.

Serving in Faith,
~Rose and Melody, Co-Leaders
Pop Up Pantry, Heart to Heart

Pop UPdate: June 2022

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

  • June 1:    Commons at Livingston – 35
  • June 8:    Hope Resource Center – 39
  • June 13:  South Park Apartments w/Franklinton Farms – 19
  • June 15:  Southpoint – 38
  • June 22:  Commons at Grant – 33
  • June 23:  Riverview International Center – 28
  • June 29:  Hope Resource Center – 33

Total served for the month of June:  222

Pop Up 2022 Monthly Totals:

  • January 161
  • February 159
  • March 154
  • April 162
  • May 162
  • June 222

Our team is pleased to report our expansion is going well.  We are reaching out to more communities in need with an addition of 66 more individuals/families being served this month.

We joined Franklinton Farms at the South Park apartments June 13.  We are working together and will join them once a month.  Currently, this is a seasonal location for us. We have added an additional Hope Resource Center delivery on the fifth Wednesday. We will be going to the site again on August 31.

We welcomed a potential volunteer, Sherry Goubeaux, to come check out what we do each week.  She came to observe and joined right in and helped.  Sherry also has brought Heart to Heart fresh produce from her community garden from time to time.  We welcome Sherry to join us as she is able.

Melody and I are blessed to have dedicated volunteers who give so much of their time and energy.  We couldn’t do this without their support and dedication to serving our community.

Serving in Faith,

Rose and Melody, Co-Leaders
Pop Up Pantry, Heart to Heart

Pop UPdate: May 2022

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

  • May 4: Commons at Livingston – 35
  • May 11: Hope Resource Center – 36
  • May 18: Southpoint Village Apartments – 34
  • May 25: Commons at Grant – 28
  • May 26: Riverview International Center – 29

Total served for the month of May is 162

We are happy to report we will be resuming deliveries with Franklinton Farms to Southpark Apartments. Bagging and storage delivery will begin on June 9.  Volunteers will be on site with Franklinton Farms on June 13 for distribution.

Hope Resource Center has requested our Pop Up for additional delivery as the need remains great.  We will increase numbers served to 40 on the 2nd Wednesday.  Our second delivery of 40 will be on the 5th Wednesday of the month (June 29, Aug 31, and Nov 30).

Our team sent a healing message to Richard Jacob.  We continue to hold him in our thoughts and prayers.

We are excited to welcome Bobbie Doak as a weekly Pop Up volunteer.  Bobbie recently moved to Columbus and wished to continue volunteering at a pantry.  She comes with great experience.  Welcome Bobbie!

Boyce Lancaster is back!  We are happy for his recovery and his return to driving for the Pop Up.  As always, we remain grateful for all our drivers.

Melody and Rose are honored to co-lead this mission with our wonderful team of dedicated volunteers.

2022 Monthly Totals:

  • January: 161
  • February: 159
  • March: 154
  • April: 162
  • May: 162

Serving in Faith,
Rose and Melody

Pop UPdate: April 2022

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The Pop Up Pantry team delivered food directly to families at the following agency sites during the month of April:

  • April 6:    Commons at Livingston-35
  • April 13:   Southpoint Village-34
  • April 20:   Hope Resource Center -35
  • April 27:   Commons at Grant-28
  • April 28:   Riverview International Center-30

Monthly totals for 2022:

  • January 161
  • February 159
  • March 154
  • April 162

Our Pop Up Panty continues to be blessed by the generosity of Richard Jacob, who purchases and donates a variety of items each week for Heart to Heart and the Trading Post.   Families at our Pop Up Pantry agency sites have greatly appreciated the personal care items donated by Richard.  We are grateful for Richard and his service to our many families.

We are happy to have Melody Smiley back at the pantry this month.  Boyce Lancaster is recovering from recent surgery and we look forward to his return in the near future. Kitty Rohrer is taking time away during April and May due to a work commitment.

Our Pop Up Pantry founding team members spoke about “Our Journey” at Guild RSZ’s meeting on April 11. The presentation was very well received and we hope to share this ministry through speaking with other church and community groups.

In May, our Pop Up Pantry will be delivering food to our agency sites on the following dates:

  • May 4:    11a-2p, Commons at Livingston (1st Wednesday)
  • May 11:   10a-2p, Hope Resource Center (2nd Wednesday)
  • May 12:   12:30p-3:30p, Franklinton Farms (2nd Thursday)-Tentative
  • May 18:   11a-2p, Southpoint Village (3rd Wednesday)
  • May 25:   11a-2p, Commons at Grant (4th Wednesday)
  • May 26:   12:30p-3:30p, Riverview International Center (4th Thursday)

Every year our Pop Up Pantry team will be rotating one of its Volunteer Co-Lead roles. This will enable us to enhance teamwork and continuity of services among our volunteers.  As such, Rose Kandel will be replacing Janice Rook as Co-Lead beginning next month.

We continue to be blessed by the commitment, teamwork and flexibility of our volunteers to this outreach ministry.

Pop UPdate: March 2022

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The Pop Up Pantry team delivered food directly to families at the following agency sites during the month of March:

  • March 2:     Commons at Livingston-35
  • March 9:     Hope Resource Center-28
  • March 16:    Southpoint Village Apartments-33
  • March  23:   Commons at Grant-28
  • March 24:   Riverview International Center-30

Monthly totals for 2022:

  • January: 161
  • February: 159
  • March: 154

On March 2, the Pop Up Pantry team met with Heart to Heart leadership, a Trading Post volunteer, and a donor who provides generous donations of needed items for the drive thru, Pop Up Pantry and Trading Post each week.  The process for requesting donations from this special donor was clarified during the meeting. Further, the process for providing produce to one of our Pop Up Pantry sites was discussed.

Team members continued to provide clothing items to Hope Resource Center (Hope) in March. We’re proud that Hope was featured in a recent Columbus Dispatch article.  We pray this brings greater awareness of the the growing needs within our community for help to those with drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness.

We’re planning for return to our seasonal site, Franklinton Farms, later this spring. We’ve been serving this site on the second Thursday of each month and don’t anticipate any changes to this schedule.  We’ll  provide updates as we get closer to a restart date.  As Franklinton Farms grows their own produce, the Pop Up Pantry provides only dry goods.

In April our Pop Up Pantry will be delivering food to our agency sites on the following dates:

  • April 6: Commons at Livingston (1st Wednesday)
  • April 13: Southpoint Village Apartments
  • April 20: Hope Resource Center
  • April 27: Commons at Grant (4th Wednesday)
  • April  28: Riverview International Center (4th Thursday)

Our dedicated and faithful team of volunteers have embraced the mission of Heart to Heart, working together to serve families in the local community.  We continue to be blessed by their commitment and teamwork to this outreach ministry.

Pop UPdate January 2022

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The Pop Up Pantry team delivered food directly to families at the following agency sites during the month of January:

  • January 5:     Commons at Livingston-35
  • January 12:   Hope Resource Center-30
  • January 19:   Southpoint Village Apartments-38
  • January 26:   Commons at Grant-28
  • January 27:   Riverview International Center-30

Monthly totals for 2022:

  • January 161

Kitty Rohrer recently visited with the new agency contact at Wedgewood Village Apartments, a site we had planned to start serving last year.  Due to their staffing issues, we were unable to set up a monthly Pop Up Pantry delivery at that time.  These issues are now resolved and we will be working with Wedgewood over the next few months to begin service to this site.

The Pop Up Pantry team donated several bags of clothing items to Hope Resource Center (Hope) in January.  Volunteer Cathy Wheaton donated baby furniture to Riverview International Center (RIC).  Donations from our church groups included mats made by the Mat Makers team for Hope.  Handmade hats and scarves made by the Knitting Group were provided to Hope and RIC.

Each month we are working to ensure our food meets the needs of the families we are serving at each site.  We have developed guidelines for our sites that have cultural preferences as well as those that are without the ability to prepare foods due to their current living situation.   We have learned and grown spiritually in getting to know these families and are grateful for the opportunities to continue our service to them.

We are saddened by the passing of Melody Smiley’s husband, Matt, after a long illness. Melody lovingly cared for Matt at home over the course of his illness. We are sending many prayers and love to her and her family during this time.

In February, our Pop Up Pantry will be delivering food to our agency sites on the following dates:

  • February 2, 11a-2p, Commons at Livingston
  • February 9, 10a-2p, Hope Recovery Services
  • February 16, 11a-2p, Southpoint Village Apartments
  • February 23, 11a-2p, Commons at Grant
  • February 24, 12:30p-3:30p, Riverview International Center

The Pop Up Pantry continues to be blessed by the support and commitment of our volunteers and the church.  We look forward to expanding this outreach ministry of Heart to Heart.

Pop UPdate February 2022

By Pupdate

The Pop Up Pantry team delivered food directly to families at the following agency sites during the month of February:

  • February 2:     Commons at Livingston-35
  • February 9:     Hope Resource Center-27
  • February 16:    Southpoint Village Apartments-39
  • February 23:   Commons at Grant-28
  • February 24:   Riverview International Center-30

Monthly totals for 2022:

  • January 161
  • February 159

The Pop Up Pantry team donated clothing items to Hope Resource Center in February.  Thanks to the generosity of the Trading Post, we were able to deliver baby furniture to Riverview International Centeragain this month.

We continue to pray for Melody Smiley on the recent loss of her beloved husband Matt following a long illness.  We are sending much love to her and her family during this time.

In March, our Pop Up Pantry will be delivering food to our agency sites on the following dates:

  • March 2, 11a-2p, Commons at Livingston (1st Wednesday)
  • March 9, 10a-2p, Hope Recovery Services (2nd Wednesday)
  • March 16, 11a-2p, Southpoint Village Apartments (3rd Wednesday)
  • March 23, 11a-2p, Commons at Grant (4th Wednesday)
  • March 24, 12:30p-3:30p, Riverview International Center (4th Thursday)

The Pop Up Pantry is grateful to be blessed by the support and commitment of our volunteers and the church.  We look forward to serving families during March and the blessings of the upcoming season of Lent.