Church World Services will host their annual Crop Walk on Sunday, October 3. This year’s walk will be held in person or virtually – however you choose to walk. Registration opens at 1:00 at Emerson Park, Shelter D and the walk begins and ends at Shelter D. You may also register online. EFPN is one of the recipients of the funds generated locally by the Crop Walk. The walk is 3.1 miles which represents what many women and children in developing countries have to walk to get clean water. Check https://www.crophungerwalk.org/midlandmi for further details.
EFPN will once again be the recipient of the Meijer’s Simply Give Program. The program is going on Sunday, July 4 through Saturday, October 2, 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, August 14 and Saturday, August 28 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.
The Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program is aimed at helping older adults eat healthier as they age. The program provides participants free nutrition counseling and $20 in coupons that can be exchanged for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods sold at local farmers markets and roadside stands.
Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) is the lead agency and will start distributing the Senior Project Fresh coupons on Thursday, June 3. Please call 486-9393 or 750-7177 to make an appointment and we can fill out your form while we are on the phone. You still need to sign the form once you come to pick up the coupons.
- Must be 60 years of age or older at the time of receiving coupons or 55 and older and a member of a Michigan federally recognized tribe or urban tribal group.
- Must live in the county where getting the coupons
- Must have a total household income of 185% of poverty or less.
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
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.
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.