Community Thanksgiving Food Collection

cornThanksgiving is a wonderful holiday.  It a time to be grateful for all that we have.  It is also a time to remember those who may be in need of food. On November 23,  resources from the Midland community will come together to provide 425 families with a Thanksgiving meal.  This program is a partnering of  Aldersgate United Methodist Church, EFPN and the  Midland County  Department Human Services (DHS). The list of recipients is compiled with input from  DHS, EFPN and many of the nonprofit agencies in Midland County.   Over 18,000 items are needed. To be a part of this event, you may bring your nonperishable food items and personal care items  on Sunday, November 23,  between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to Aldersgate  United Methodist Church at 2206 Airfield Lane.  If you cannot make it to Aldersgate on November 23, volunteers are available to pick up donations.  Please call 839-9879 or 486-9393.

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, bra soap, deodorant, combs, hair brushes. razor/shaving cream, toilet paper, tooth paste, tooth brushes, laundry detergent

Cookies:  Donations of homemade cookies  (labeled and packaged, a dozen per package in sealed plastic bags) would be especially appreciated.  At least 425 dozens of cookies are needed.

Cash Donations:  We  need almost $9000 in cash donations to give recipients gift certificates which the families use to purchase perishable foods.  Your tax deductible checks should be made payable to: Midland County EFPN, P.O. Box 2521, Midland, MI 48641-2521. Please designate your  donation as Thanksgiving Baskets.

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Donate A Deer

The Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) has a partnership with the Chippewa Nature Center. In the fall months, deer that are harvested at the Nature Center are donated to EFPN. EFPN has the deer processed with a U.S.D.A. approved processor, and the venison is given to clients. EFPN also runs a venison program independently of the Chippewa Nature Center program. Deer can be delivered to 784 South Poseyville Road, Midland or we will pick up any deer within a 50 mile radius of Midland. Information or request for deer pick up can be found at (989) 835-9601. EFPN pays for the processing of the donated deer. Many of our clients appreciate getting this venison.

Sharing Tree

tree2EFPN participates in the Sharing Tree program run by the United Way of Midland County. The needs of EFPN are listed on the red tags. The stories are meant to represent typical clients of EFPN. Typical needs we list are personal care items, toothbrushes and toothpaste, popcorn or hot chocolate and basic kitchen utensils and gift cards for produce, dairy, meat and restaurants. Thank you to all who support the Sharing Tree. We often find that donors are very generous and place more items with the tags than we requested.

It is Back to School Time and EFPN Helps Low Income College Students

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.

Support EFPN While Shopping At Amazon Smilesmile

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.

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EFPN Receives Beacon of Light Award from the Food Bank of Council of Michigan

harvest_logo_01EFPN 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!

Help EFPN Feed the Hungry by Shopping At Kroger

krogersEFPN 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.