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 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.
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.
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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.
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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!