The Midland High School Class of 1968 will be celebrating their 50th high school reunion. As part of that celebration they will “stuff a truck” with non perishable food items for EFPN. They will also be collecting monetary donations. They are asking the community to support their efforts which will be held September 21-22 at the Holiday Inn. On Friday September 21, the trailer will be parked at the front of the Holiday Inn beside the driveway off Cinema Drive, 4:30-7:00 pm. On Saturday, September 22, the trailer will be parked around the back of the Holiday Inn by the entrance to the Conference Center from 3:30-6:00 pm. We are grateful to the alumni of the 1968 Midland High School class for thinking of others while celebrating their reunion.
EFPN has been selected to be a beneficiary of Meijer’s Simply Give program which runs August 19 through September 15. Customers can purchase a $10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Card and Meijer’s 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, Meijers will give EFPN an additional $10.00 gift card. Your $10.00 donation becomes $20.00 for EFPN. Friday, September 7 is going to be a double match day. For your $10.00 donation, Meijer will donate an additional $20.00 gift card to our organization on this day. Your $10.00 donation becomes $30.00 for EFPN. These cards are available at the check-out registers at Meijer’s. We encourage our supporters to purchase the donation card so that we can not only get the Meijer’s gift cards you purchase but also the additional contribution from the Meijer’s Corporation. Our pantry coordinators use donations from this program to purchase food items that are not donated or available from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. They especially like to use these gift cards to purchase ground beef which is often in short supply at our pantries.
EFPN 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.
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.