Meijer’s Simply Give: April 11-July 3

EFPN will once again be the recipient of the Meijer’s Simply Give Program. The program is going on Sunday, April 11 through Saturday, July 3, 2021  If you purchase a $10.00 Simply Give gift card.  Meijer’s will  contribute to EFPN additional funds.   EFPN will receive Meijer’s food gift cards which we use to buy items that are not donated or we have in short supply.  The Simply Give donation cards can be found near the checkout lanes at our local Meijer. 

Saturday, June 19 will be Double Match Days.   On these days, for every $10.00 donation, Meijer will give an additional $20.00.  Your $10.00 donation becomes $30.00 for EFPN.  Thank you for supporting this program.

 

 

Stop Hunger Challenge-March & April 2021

No one should have to worry about how they will afford to feed themselves or their family. Many people in our community are faced with this concern every day.  Hunger does not discriminate. Hunger does not care about gender, age, race or religion. Hunger can affect people who are unemployed or working full-time.  EFPN will be conducting its annual “Stop Hunger Challenge” during the months of March and April.  Food and money collected during this time will count towards this challenge.  Our goal for this campaign is $80,000 in food and money.  Donated food, personal care and cleaning items are valued at $1.00 per item .  We are once again very fortunate to have an anonymous donor offer a match for all donations.  EFPN will receive a check from this donor in proportion to the total funds and food, personal care and cleaning items received during the challenge period.  The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan(FBEM) is offering a 10% credit on our account for all money donated to us. Pantries order food from  the FBEM that is not donated. The BackPack Buddies  food for schools program comes from the FBEM.  Donations toward any of our programs or specific pantries will qualify for the campaign.  Monetary donations may be sent to EFPN, P.O. Box 2521, Midland, MI 48641-2521. You may also donate through our website, www.midlandcountyefpn.org . Food donations may be donated to any of our pantries or warehouse dropbox at 503 S Saginaw Rd.  Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you do, buy you make a life by what you give”.  Thank you for your past support of EFPN.  We appreciate your continued support  so we can all help those in need of food in our community. 

Thank You!

Thank you for your support during the Covid-19 shutdown and during the historic flood.   Much of our support comes from churches. With the shutdown of churches due to Covid-19, our food donations decreased.  Our generous community came forward to help us with this shortfall.  After the flood, many more donated food and money. In addition to keeping our regular programs going, we have been able to provide food to the flood distributions centers as well as providing food to a program at St John’s Lutheran. They are feeding 200 displaced people each day. We are very humbled by the trust you have placed in us to help those in need of food at this time and in the future.

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.  This is to have succeeded”    Ralph Waldo Emerson

We Are Open

EFPN has modified procedures in order to keep recipients and volunteers safe. We only are packing bags for clients. Clients are no longer allowed in the pantry.  Many volunteers are wearing masks.  We are sanitizing surfaces and in some cases quarantining food for a few days before putting it on shelves.  We have installed a box outside of 503 S Saginaw Rd (enter off Cambridge) to allow donors to leave food.
 
We want to reach out to those who need help with food. We are here to help you. You may never have been in a situation to need help with food.  That is why we are here. Please call 486-9393 or 211 to get a pantry appointment. No one should have to go without food.  If you know someone who needs food, please let them know we are here for them.

Little by Little Becomes a LOT…..Tanzanian Proverb

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 819 children enrolled. This represents a 14% increase over the last school year.  Every donation counts, no matter how large or small. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Donations can be brought to any of our eight pantries or warehouse.  Please call before delivering food & supplies to pantries to make sure someone is there to meet you.

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

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)

 

Did You Know EFPN Helps Low Income College Students?

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.

Support EFPN While Shopping At Amazon Smile

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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.

Senior Hunger

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 AARP quiz below to see if you are aware of senior hunger.

https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2016/food-stamps-snap-hunger-seniors.html#quest1