Community Thanksgiving Food Collection

Thanksgiving is a  time to be grateful for all that we have.  It is also a time to remember those who struggle to food on their table.  On November 24,  resources from the Midland community will come together to provide 550 families with a Thanksgiving meal.  This program is a partnership of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, EFPN and the  Midland County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). The list of recipients is compiled with input from  DHHS, EFPN and many of the nonprofit agencies in Midland County.  To contribute to this Thanksgiving program you may bring your nonperishable food items and personal care items  on Sunday, November 24,  between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 2206 Airfield Lane.  Many churches, schools and businesses in our community are collecting food for this event.  If you cannot make it to Aldersgate on November 24, you may call 600-8989 to plan another time to deliver your donations or to arrange a pickup of your donations.

What is Needed

Food Needs:  Canned fruits, vegetables and soup. cereal, spaghetti sauce, noodle, boxed potatoes, rice, dessert mixes, juices, stuffing, Jell-O, pie mixes

Personal Care Needs:  Shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, combs, hair brushes. razor/shaving cream, toilet paper, tooth paste, tooth brushes, laundry detergent

Cookies:  Donations of  cookies  (labeled and packaged, a dozen per package in sealed plastic bags) would be especially appreciated.  At least 400 dozens of cookies are needed.  

Cash Donations:  We need over  $10000 in cash donations to give recipients gift certificates which the families use to purchase perishable foods.  Your check should be made payable to: Midland County EFPN, P.O. Box 2521, Midland, MI 48641-2521. Please designate your  donation as Thanksgiving Baskets.

This quote by W. Clement  Stone, a businessman and philanthropist, reminds us of the true meaning of this holiday-  “If you are really thankful, what do you do?  You share.”  As you buy items for your Thanksgiving meal, please remember those who cannot afford food for their Thanksgiving table.

 

Midland Community Orchestra Fall Concert – November 17

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Bullock Creek Auditorium
FREE CONCERT – ALL ARE WELCOME!
¨ Midland Emergency Food Pantry Network – FOOD DRIVE – Canned & nonperishable
food donations accepted
¨ D Street Music Foundation – INSTRUMENT COLLECTION

Click on the link below for a poster with more details!  Print a copy and share it with friends!

2019 November 17 MCO poster

Little by Little Becomes a LOT…..Tanzanian Proverb

The EFPN warehouse was emptied of all food during our recent renovation. We are now in great need to stock the warehouse. Our eight pantries use this donated food to help stock their shelves.  We also use the warehouse donations for stocking the pantries at Windover High School and the Academic and Career Education Academy. We pack boxes for our partnership with Home to Stay from the warehouse items.  As Home to Stay settles their clients into their new housing, they are provided a box of food to start  them in their new home. EFPN is also experiencing an increase of people coming to our pantries.  Please consider collecting food for the warehouse or for any of our pantries.  Below is a listing of pantries and our warehouse. Monetary donations are also welcome. We buy food from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan at reduced costs. We also use monetary donations to fund our BackPack Buddies Program and our Nutritional Supplement Program.  For the 2019-2020 school year we have 819 children enrolled. This represents a 14% increase over the last school year.  Every donation counts, no matter how large or small. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Donations can be brought to any of our eight pantries or warehouse.  Please call before delivering food & supplies to pantries to make sure someone is there to meet you.

Bullock Creek Outreach Pantry:  Messiah Lutheran Church, 1550 S. Poseyville Rd., 835-7143

Coleman Railway Family Center: 4839 N. Coleman Schools Drive,  465-2079

EFPN Warehouse: 503 S. Saginaw Rd., 486-9393

HELP Pantry:  Memorial Presbyterian Church,1310 Ashman St.,  835-6759

North Midland Family Center Pantry:  2601 E. Shearer Rd. • 689-7770

SAMS Food Pantry: sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church at 503 S. Saginaw Rd., 631-2260

Sanford Food Pantry: Sanford United Methodist Church, 2560 N. West River Rd., 687-5353

Wheeler Road Church of Christ Pantry: 1123 E. Wheeler Rd., 835-8559

West Midland Family Center Pantry:  4011 W. Isabella Rd., 832-3256

Any Food, Personal Care and Cleaning Supplies are welcome. Here are some ideas:

  • Kid Friendly Foods-Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cereal,  Soup, Pasta & Pasta Sauce, Canned Meals, Canned Fruit, Granola Bars, Pancake Mix & Syrup, Hamburger Helper, Tuna
  • Baking Items-Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda
  • Beverages-Coffee, Juice
  • Personal Care-Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Deodorant, Soap, Shampoo
  • Cleaning Supplies: Laundry & Dish Detergent
  • Other: Ketchup, Mustard, Salt, Pepper, Cooking Oil, Miracle Whip, Mayonnaise

EFPN Received Visits from Girl Scout Troops

Two girl scout troops came to the EFPN offices to learn about EFPN.  Girls Scout Troop 50721  brought boxes of girl scout cookies. The girls counted the boxes in and  put them on the shelves in our warehouse. Our pantry coordinators took the boxes from our warehouse for their pantry shelves. The cookies were a special treat for our clients. The girls also counted a food donation that had come in and shelved the items. Girl Scout Troop 50574 brought items for birthday kits.  They had a tour of the SAMS pantry, one of our eight pantries.  They were given the task of selecting a weeks worth of food for a two person family.  We want to thank these troops for supporting EFPN and their willingness to learn about our organization.  We also want to thank their leaders and their parents for teaching them to be concerned for those in need.

Troop 50721          50721-4

 

Troop 50574          50574-1 (1)

 

Did You Know EFPN Helps Low Income College Students?

studentsOne of the programs of the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) is the student assistance program which helps low income college students monthly with food. Often these students are single parents returning to school in order to get a better job in the future. Students must provide proof that they are a student. EFPN wants them to focus on getting their education without having to worry about having enough money for food. EFPN had around 28 students per month for the 2013-2014 school year.

Support EFPN While Shopping At Amazon Smile

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support  EFPN every time you shop at no cost to you. When you shop on AmazonSmile,  you will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price of eligible AmazonSmile items to EFPN. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

In order to get donations for EFPN you need to shop at http://smile.amazon.com .   If you do not have an Amazon account you need to create one.  On your first visit to AmazonSmile (after you have logged into your account),  it will have a spotlighted charity but it will give you the option to choose a charity.  Please  search for Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network.   Amazon  will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to EFPN.

Senior Hunger

It could be happening to an important person in your life and you may not even know it. Grandmothers choosing between their medication or buying groceries. Grandfathers passing up meals to pay the mortgage. Senior hunger is a serious problem, but often hidden. During the winter months, EFPN provides extra assistance to seniors referred to us by DHS so they don’t have to choose between food and medication or higher utility bills. Often the food is delivered directly to the senior recipients. EFPN also provides gift certificates for nutritional supplements like Ensure for low income elderly clients.

Take the short quiz below to see if you are aware of senior hunger. This quiz is sponsored by Feeding America. There is sometime a problem with getting to the answer page depending on the browser you are using. You can get to the answer page by submitting the answers twice or you can click on the second link below to see the answers.

Senior Hunger

Senior Hunger Quiz Answers