Happy New Year- Reflections on 2018

It is customary at this time of year to look back on the previous year to reflect on what has been accomplished.  Our statistics are not final, but in 2018 with the help of our supporters and volunteers, we provided food to over 2500 families who visited our eight pantries.  We currently have 700 children enrolled in our BackPack Buddies Program.  We expanded the BackPack program to Longview Elementary preschool. The food for the backpacks is purchased from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. We sponsored 10 mobile pantries which averaged around 250 families per mobile pantry.  We continue to provide a senior delivery service in partnership with the Department of Health & Human Services and Senior Services. We continue to provide nutritional supplements to low income people referred to us by Cancer Services, Senior Services and DaVita Dialysis.   We also provided vouchers for special baby formulas. We initiated partnerships with Home to Stay and Windover Schools. We maintain partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, Academic and Career Education and the Midland Community Former Offenders and Advocacy Education. Because of generous support from The Allen Foundation, The Dow Corning Foundation, The Rollin M Gerstacker Foundation, The Midland Area Community Foundation, The Charles J Strosacker Foundation and individual donors, we were able to purchase a building that will help us be better able to serve our recipients.  The building will house the SAMS Pantry sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church, the EFPN office and warehouse.

Just saying thank you to all our supporters and volunteers does not seem enough.  We wish you could meet the people you have helped.  Many are embarrassed to have to go to a food pantry.  They are very grateful to all of you for helping them in their time of need.  Vince Lombardi , a famous football coach said, “The achievements of an organization are the results of  the combined effort of each individual”.   We could not do the work we do without your donations of food, money and time.  We rely on the generosity of numerous donors and on a tremendous network of volunteers to keep our programs running.   We wish you all the best as we begin a new year continuing to work together to make an impact on the lives of those in need of food.

Donate A Deer

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 licensed 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 to request a deer pick up can be found at (989) 835-9601. EFPN pays for the processing of the donated deer. We are grateful to the Chippewa Nature Center and their hunters as well as other hunters for providing venison for our clients.

Thrivent Choice®

ThrivantEFPN is now enrolled as a participating organization in Thrivent Choice. Thrivent Choice is a charitable grant program that allows eligible Thrivent Financial members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes part of its charitable outreach grant funds each year. Eligible Thrivent Financial members can direct available Choice Dollars®  to EFPN at any time. To learn more about Thrivent Choice and direct Choice Dollars®to EFPN , visit Thrivent.com/thrivent choice or call Thrivent at 800-847-4836, and say “Thrivent Choice” when prompted.

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.

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