Thank You!

Thank you to all who have supported us for the Stop Hunger Challenge and the Give Local.  For the Stop Hunger Challenge we raised an incredible $223,284 in food and money.  This is almost triple our goal. For Give Local we raised $26,275.00. Thank you for not only supporting us but also supporting many wonderful nonprofits in Midland through Give Local. We appreciate the work of the Midland Area Community Foundation to make this a very successful event.  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.

Stop Hunger Challenge

Goal

$223,284.00

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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 is offering a 10% credit on our account for all money donated to us.  In 2019, we spent $139,861 with the Food Bank to purchase food for our regular pantry program and BackPack Buddies and Mobile Pantry programs. 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. Food donations may be donated to any of our pantries or warehouse. Many of our supporting churches will be collecting. You can continue to bring your donations to your church collection site. Check our website, www.midlandcountyefpn.org, to watch our progress towards this goal or to donate online. 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. 

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)