Our Dream: Nourish Neighbors to Flourish
Modeling God's Love, HEART Nourishes hungry neighbors with healthy nutritious food Today, Connects them to life building resources for Tomorrow
So they can flourish for a Lifetime.
HEART: Helping Eastside And Reynoldsburg Thrive
HEART Food Pantry, Inc. is a Christian based organization created by the Reynoldsburg Ministerial Association to address food insecurity in our community.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthew 25
Hunger is a systemic problem that requires a systemic solution. Working together, as a community, with an abundance mindset, we can make change happen.
What Hunger Looks Like. Hunger is not something you see but it exists right here, in Central Ohio. Before COVID-19, one in four Franklin County individuals lived in a food insecure family. Food insecure neighbors missed an average of 3 meals a week. That equates to not eating 52 days a year. The hunger gap has not been closed, even when a single parent with a job, receives government support and visits a food pantry or soup kitchen. (Mid-Ohio Foodbank's Missing Meal Index)
What if we changed the model? Our country has an abundance of food for all. The challenge is re-thinking how we get food to people who need food. HEART, Mid-Ohio Food Collective (MOFC), Feeding America and others are working on the local, regional, and national level to address systems that restrict getting more food to the hungry in our community.
Mid-Ohio Market Model: More families receiving more fresh food & connecting with community resources. In 2019, MOFC challenged HEART to transform from a basic food pantry to the Mid-Ohio Market Model; a holistic customer-centered Market offering more fresh food to more people more often. In addition, the Market acts as a hub, connecting families to life-building community resources.
Mid-Ohio Market at HEART (MOM@HEART) opened Nov 5, 2020 to nourish neighbors to flourish.
Primary Goal – Hunger Free Healthier Community
MOM@HEART is working together with partners and champions in our community to feed more people with more fresh food more often. Food is health. Nutritious food transforms lives, helping us to learn, work and be well. HEART is devoted to innovative approaches to create a hunger free, healthier community.
Secondary Goal – Connect Families to Life-Building Resources
Hunger is a symptom of poverty. Breaking poverty’s chain requires us to nourish the whole person. Food brings hungry people to MOM@HEART. While at HEART, they can connect with life-building community resources: work-force development, healthcare, senior care, parent workshops. addiction recovery, budgeting, nutrition workshops.
Nourish to Flourish Champions
Community Engagement: Helping Eastside And Reynoldsburg Thrive.
Volunteers, the heart of HEART. They handled over 1.6 million pounds of food multiple times during the first six months of 2020; grocery store pickups, weighing food, stocking shelves, packing boxes of food, delivering boxes to curbside, and loading boxes of food into hungry neighbor’s cars. Additional volunteers operate the back office, maintain communications, manage finances, invite future champions, and spread the cause.
Community Champions and Partners aligned with HEART’s cause offering financial support and/or resources. Community partners provide life-building resources for our hungry neighbors.
'Love God ... love your neighbor.' - Jesus
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
HEART is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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The IRS has determined that HEART Food Pantry Inc. is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, effective October 3, 2013. Contributions to HEART are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code.