EFPN has been selected to be a beneficiary of Meijer’s Simply Give program which runs August 20 through September 16. 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, Meijer’s Corporation will make a contribution to EFPN based on the number of gift cards purchased. 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. There will be double match days on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2. 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 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.
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 2016 with the help of our supporters and volunteers, we provided food to over 2700 families who visited our eight pantries. We currently have a record 770 children enrolled in our BackPack Buddies Program. The food for the backpacks is purchased from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. We augmented the backpack once a month with an apple or orange. 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. Expenditures on this program saw a large increase this year. We also provided vouchers for special baby formulas.
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.
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.