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 19,  resources from the Midland community will come together to provide  500 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 19,  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 19, 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, bar 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 500 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 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.

This quote from  W. J. Cameron  captures the sentiment of  the Thanksgiving Program,  “Thanksgiving , after all, is a word of action.”


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 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 to request a deer pick up can be found by calling (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 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.

Troop 50721          50721-4


Troop 50574          50574-1 (1)