Between October 23 and November 3, please visit our Family Fare Grocery Store, Northwest Plaza, 2026 N Saginaw Rd and make a contribution to fight hunger. All donations collected during this period will go to the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN). You may make any size monetary donation at any checkout lane. EFPN is experiencing an increase in demand for food. Any donation amount is very much appreciated. These donations allow us to purchase items that are not donated or not available from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.
The EFPN warehouse was emptied of all food during our recent renovation. We are now in great need to stock the warehouse. Our eight pantries use this donated food to help stock their shelves. We also use the warehouse donations for stocking the pantries at Windover High School and the Academic and Career Education Academy. We pack boxes for our partnership with Home to Stay from the warehouse items. As Home to Stay settles their clients into their new housing, they are provided a box of food to start them in their new home. EFPN is also experiencing an increase of people coming to our pantries. Please consider collecting food for the warehouse or for any of our pantries. Below is a listing of pantries and our warehouse. Monetary donations are also welcome. We buy food from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan at reduced costs. We also use monetary donations to fund our BackPack Buddies Program and our Nutritional Supplement Program. For the 2019-2020 school year we have 760 children enrolled. This represents a 9% increase over the last school year. Every donation counts, no matter how large or small. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Bullock Creek Outreach Pantry: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1550 S. Poseyville Rd., 835-7143
Coleman Railway Family Center: 4839 N. Coleman Schools Drive, 465-2079
EFPN Warehouse: 503 S. Saginaw Rd., 486-9393
HELP Pantry: Memorial Presbyterian Church,1310 Ashman St., 835-6759
North Midland Family Center Pantry: 2601 E. Shearer Rd. • 689-7770
SAMS Food Pantry: sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church at 503 S. Saginaw Rd., 631-2260
Sanford Food Pantry: Sanford United Methodist Church, 2560 N. West River Rd., 687-5353
Wheeler Road Church of Christ Pantry: 1123 E. Wheeler Rd., 835-8559
West Midland Family Center Pantry: 4011 W. Isabella Rd., 832-3256
Any Food, Personal Care and Cleaning Supplies are welcome. Here are some ideas:
- Kid Friendly Foods-Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cereal, Soup, Pasta & Pasta Sauce, Canned Meals, Canned Fruit, Granola Bars, Pancake Mix & Syrup, Hamburger Helper, Tuna
- Baking Items-Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda
- Beverages-Coffee, Juice
- Personal Care-Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Deodorant, Soap, Shampoo
- Cleaning Supplies: Laundry & Dish Detergent
- Other: Ketchup, Mustard, Salt, Pepper, Cooking Oil, Miracle Whip, Mayonnaise
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Hunger Quiz Answers
EFPN 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!
EFPN 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 BD353
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.