“Stop Hunger Challenge”
Goal is $75,000 from food & money
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For many years the Feinstein Foundation has offered an incentive to pantries to collect funds and food during the months of March and April. This year the Feinstein Foundation has decided to suspend their challenge. The Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network has been very fortunate to have anonymous donors come forward and offer an incentive to donors who contribute food and money to EFPN in March and April. EFPN will receive a check from these donors in proportion to the total funds and food items received during the challenge period. Also, one of our supporting organizations will offer an incentive of 2% of the value of all food and money donated, up to a maximum incentive of $2000. All food and money collected from March 1 to April 30 will be counted for this “Stop Hunger Challenge”. Food items are valued at $1.00 per item. In addition, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is offering a 10% credit on our account for all donated money we receive during this period. In 2014, we spent almost $135,000 with the Food Bank for food purchased for our regular program as well as the BackPack Buddies Program. A credit would help us reduce this bill. Our goal for this campaign is $75,000 in food and money. Please consider giving at this time. Donations toward any of our programs will qualify for the campaign. Monetary donations may be sent to EFPN, P.O. Box 2521, Midland, MI 48641-2521. Food donations may be brought to any of our pantries or to our warehouse location at 503 S. Saginaw Rd. Please call the pantries or our office at 486-9393 to arrange a time for delivery. Many of our supporting churches collect food for us all year long. If you are a member of one of these churches, you can bring your donations to your church.
EFPN has been selected to be a beneficiary of Meijer’s Simply Give program which runs March 29 through May 11. Customers need to purchase a $10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Card. Meijer will convert this card into a $10 Meijer’s food gift card which will be given to EFPN to help stock pantry shelves. In addition, Meijer’s Corporation will make a contribution to EFPN. These cards are available at the check-out registers at Meijer’s. We urge our supporters to purchase the donation card so that we can not only get the Meijer’s gift cards but also the additional contribution from the Meijer’s Corporation. There will be double match days on April 17 & 18. On these days a $10.00 donation will be worth $30.00 because the Meijer’s corporation will give an additional $20.00. Pantry representatives use the money to purchase food items that are not donated or available from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. During the 2013 spring and holiday campaign we received almost $8000 from this program due to the generosity of our supporters and the Meijer’s Corporation.
One 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.
EFPN recently helped Habitat for Humanity welcome a family into their new home. An EFPN representative provided a basket and box of food to the new homeowners. EFPN wants to help this family make their house a home by having food to share with family and friends.
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.
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.
EFPN was awarded the Beacon of Light Award at the conclusion of the Harvest Gathering of the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) in recognition of our leadership in establishing new programs and our outstanding delivery of food to those in need in Midland County. The food gathering was begun nearly 20 years ago by Midland’s own Bill and Cynthia Schuette in an effort to raise both funds and food to support the 13 regional food banks throughout Michigan. The FBCM is comprised of member regional food banks. The regional food banks, along with their subsidiary distribution organizations and branch warehouses, safely store and provide millions of pounds of surplus vegetables, fruits, and other grocery items to more than 2500 local agencies serving each of the 83 counties in Michigan. These products are made available to the agencies at a low cost (about 10 cents per pound for goods with an average retail of about $2.00 per pound). Types of agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, hospices, domestic violence shelters, head-start programs, afterschool programs, half-way houses, and group homes for the mentally ill. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is the regional food bank used by EFPN This award is a testimony to more than 700 EFPN volunteers who move the food through the pantry, food bank, or backpack buddy program to those in need. Everyone,including our nearly 1000 donors, should be proud of this award!
EFPN is now a part of the Kroger’s Community Rewards program. Choose EFPN when you register your Kroger Card and you will be donating to EFPN every time you shop with no additional cost to you. Kroger will donate a percentage of your qualifying purchases back to EFPN.
Supporters can earn rewards for EFPN on almost everything every time you shop! However, there are specific purchases that cannot be included: alcohol, tobacco, government-assisted pharmacy expenses, postage stamps, Kroger gift cards and Green Dot Prepaid Cards, gift certificates, bottle deposits, lottery and promotional tickets, fuel, fuel center purchases, office services and Sales Tax. Eligible pharmacy purchases include out of pocket co-pays for non-government-assisted pharmacy programs.
You need to register your Kroger card every year. Your card enrollment expires every April 30.
The EFPN Kroger Non Profit Organization Number is 91387
For information on how to register your Kroger card to support EFPN, see “How you can help” on the EFPN website.
Sign-up requires access to the Internet. If you do not have Internet access, contact us at 486-9393 and we can sign up your card.