How You Can Help

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations are used to provide gift certificates, buy food and supplies as well as fund programs such as the Backpack Buddies program, mobile pantries and the nutritional supplement program. They are also used to fund the operations of the Emergency Food Pantry Network. The only paid positions of the Network are a part-time manager, the coordinator and her occasional substitute. Donations can be designated for the pantry programs or for operations. Donations are tax deductible.

If you would like to contribute a monetary donation, please select an option below.

Donate Online

To donate online, please click the ‘Donate’ button below.

Donate by Mail

To donate by mail, please follow the instructions in the PDF form linked below.

Endowment Fund

The day-to-day operations of the Pantry Network will always need your support. In looking to the future, the board of directors decided to establish The Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network Endowment Fund at the Midland Area Community Foundation. It will still take many years to build our endowment fund to the point where it can help us in our operations. To make a gift to the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network Endowment Fund, please make your check payable to The Midland Area Community Foundation and designate your gift for the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network Endowment Fund.

Please send donations to:

Midland Area Community Foundation
76 Ashman Circle
Midland, MI 48640

Support Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) by shopping at Kroger!

By designating the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry network on your Kroger Card, you will be donating to EFPN every time you shop with no additional cost to you.

Kroger will donate a percentage of your qualifying purchase back to EFPN!

Supporters can earn rewards for EFPN on almost everything every time they 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 must re-register your card on May 1 each year.

The EFPN Kroger Non Profit Organization Number is 91387

Step by step instructions:

A. If you were registered in the program last year you need to re-enroll. You need to register each year.
Find on the page(at the top)- Do you already have an account? Click here to sign in.

  1. Put in your e-mail
  2. Put in your password (if you forgot the password you set up, go thru the Forgot you password link)
  3. Find your organization by typing in EFPN Non Profit Organization number – 91387
  4. Click Select Your Organization
  5. Click Save Changes

B. If you have never enrolled your Kroger card

  1. Look for: Are you a member looking to register/link your Kroger Plus Card? Click the Enroll Now button next to the locations listed below on the website page
  2. Click Sign up today(to the right)
  3. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  4. You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  5. Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  6. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  7. Update or confirm your information.
  8. Enter EFPN number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm. EFPN number is 91387
  9. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  10. Click on Save Changes

You are now registered!

Other Notes:

  • If a you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count until after you register your card(s).
  • You must swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Suggested Food and Supply Donations to Pantries:

Breakfast items: assorted hot & cold cereals, biscuit and pancake mix, syrup

Beverages: powdered milk, juices, drink mixes (iced tea, fruit punch, etc.), hot chocolate, coffee, tea

Proteins: beef stew, peanut butter, tuna

Starches: macaroni & cheese, spaghetti, noodles, pizza mix, pasta, rice & potato mixes, “hamburger helper”

Canned goods: canned fruits & vegetables, tomato& spaghetti sauce, canned meals, soups

Accompaniments: catsup, mustard, salad dressings, jam or jelly, crackers

Desserts: gelatin mixes, pudding mixes, cake & brownie mixes, cookies

Personal care: bar soap, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, shaving supplies, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes

Baby items: diapers, baby food, formula, baby shampoo & lotion, diaper ointment, baby wipes

Housekeeping: dish detergent, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, paper towels

Special Diets: low salt and low sugar items, sugar free items

Donations of food & supplies can be made directly to the pantries:

Please call the pantry or warehouse before bringing your donation.

Bullock Creek Outreach Pantry – bring to Messiah Lutheran Church, 1550 S. Poseyville Rd., 835-7143

Coleman Pantry – bring to Coleman City Hall, 465-6961

HELP Pantry – bring to Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1310 Ashman St., use Allen St. entrance, 835-6759

North Midland Pantry – bring to N. Midland Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Rd., 689-777

SAMS Pantry – bring to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 405 N. Saginaw Rd, Please check with church office before delivering food and supplies, 631-2260

Sanford Pantry – bring donations to Sanford United Methodist Church. Before bringing your donations, contact the church at 989-687-5353.

W. Midland Pantry – bring to W. Midland Family Center, 4011 E Isabella Rd, 832-3256

Wheeler Road Church of Christ – bring to 1123 E. Wheeler St., 835-8559

EFPN Warehouse – 503 S Saginaw Rd, entrance off of Cambridge, 486-9393

Birthday Kits

The Emergency Food Pantry Network does not like to see a child celebrate a birthday without something special. To address this need, EFPN stocks birthday kits for children. When the Coordinator interviews the family, she inquires about the ages of the children and if they will soon be celebrating a birthday. When the client goes to pick up their order at one of the pantries, they are given a birthday kit if they have a child celebrating a birthday. The minimal supplies for a birthday kit include a cake mix, frosting, and candles. Many groups have included cups, plates, napkins, and birthday games. Assembling these kits is a good project for church youth groups or school classes. The kits can be donated to any of the seven pantries.

Other Kits

Please put kit items into a large sealed plastic bag and label the kind of kit.

Personal Care Kit

  • A bar of soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant

Recipe Kits

Green Bean Casserole

  • 2 cans (14 3/4 oz.) green beans
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (2.8 oz.) of French fried onions

Taco Soup

  • 1 Can Great Northern Beans
  • 1 Can Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Can Corn (drained)
  • 1 Can Water
  • 1 pkg Taco Seasoning
  • 1 pkg Dry Ranch Dip

Put all ingredients into a large pot and heat to boiling.  Simmer 5 minutes and serve.

Breakfast kit

  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Cereal
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Coffee

Venison Donation

The Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) has a partnership with the Chippewa Nature Center. In the fall months, deer that are harvested at the Nature Center are donated to the 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 request for deer pick up can be found at (989) 835-9601.

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help in the pantries and help with the Mobile Food Pantries. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Angela Buske, buskegr@charter.net.

Other Section

Thank you for giving us a tour of the HELP Food Pantry. It was fun to stock the high shelves and learn all about the importance of donating. We voted to spend some troop money on icy pops for the food pantry. We hope you can find families who would love to receive this fun summer treat.

Girl Scout Troop 50339