How You Can Help

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Monetary Donations

Monetary donations enable EFPN to:

  • buy food and personal care items that are not donated as well as gift certificates that can be used by recipients to purchase food items not available at the pantry.
  • fund programs such as the Backpack Buddies program, mobile pantries and the nutritional supplement program.
  • maintain operations – there are three paid positions for the Network – a part-time manager, a part-time outreach director, and the coordinator responsible for interviewing potential recipients and scheduling their appointments.

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
Donate by Mail

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

Endowment Fund

While the day-to-day operations of the Pantry Network will always need your support, looking to the future, the board of directors established The Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network Endowment Fund at the Midland Area Community Foundation. To make a gift to the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network Endowment Fund and the longevity of the organization, 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 (Fund 260).

You may donate online to our endowment fund at: midlandfoundation.org/fund/midland-county-emergency-food-pantry-network-endowment-fund-260

or

Mail donations to:

Midland Area Community Foundation
76 Ashman Circle
Midland, MI 48640

 

Food and Supplies Donations

Many churches, businesses and individuals donate food to our organization. Here are some suggested items.

  • 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, salt, pepper
  • Desserts: gelatin mixes, pudding mixes, cake & brownie mixes, cookies
  • Personal care: bar soap, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, shaving supplies, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Housekeeping: dish detergent, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, paper towels
  • Special Diets: low salt and low sugar items, sugar free items, gluten free items, etc.

 

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: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1550 S. Poseyville Rd., (989) 835-7143
  • Coleman Railway Center Pantry, 4839 N Coleman Schools Rd, (989) 465-2079
  • HELP Pantry: Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1310 Ashman St., (989) 835-6759 use canopy entrance on Reardon Street.
  • North Midland Family Center Pantry: North Midland Family Center, 2601 E. Shearer Rd., (989) 689-777
  • SAMS Pantry: John’s Episcopal Church Pantry, 503 S Saginaw Rd, (989) 631-2260 . For large donations of 100 or more bring them to the SAMS Pantry, Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 and notify the EFPN manager that the donation is for SAMS.
  • Sanford Pantry: Sanford United Methodist Church, 2560 N W River Rd, (989)687-5353
  • West Midland Family Center Pantry: West Midland Family Center, 4011 E Isabella Rd, (989) 832-3256
  • Wheeler Road Church of Christ Pantry: Wheeler Road Church of Christ, 1123 E. Wheeler St., (989) 835-8559
  • EFPN Warehouse: 503 S Saginaw Rd, entrance off of Cambridge, (989) 486-9393.  There is also an outside donation box located outside the Cambridge Street entrance so that nonperishable food items can be left at any time

 

Birthday Kits

 The Emergency Food Pantry Network does not like to see anyone celebrate a birthday without something special. To address this need, EFPN stocks birthday kits for children and adults. When the Coordinator interviews the family, she asks for the ages of the children and adults 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 someone in their household celebrating a birthday. Our coordinator has even authorized birthday kits to people who had past birthdays especially after learning they did not have a cake for their birthday. Pantry volunteers will also give out birthday kits if they learn that the client or someone in their family has an upcoming birthday.

The supplies for a birthday kit include a cake mix, frosting, and candles. Many groups have included cups, plates, napkins, baking pan and birthday games. Assembling these kits is a great project for church youth groups or school classes. The kits can be donated to any of the eight pantries or warehouse.

Other Kits

 Recipients are often delighted to get a kit with all of the items commonly asked for. Please put kit items into a large, sealed plastic bag and label the kind of kit. They can be delivered to any of our eight pantries or our warehouse

    • Personal care kit: A bar of soap, Toothbrush and toothpaste, Dental floss, Shampoo, Deodorant
    • Breakfast kit: pancake mix, cereal, syrup, instant oatmeal, coffee
    • Green Bean Casserole: 2 cans of green beans, 1 can of mushroom soup, 1 can 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.

 

 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 licensed 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.

 

Other Ways To Give:

Volunteering

Our organization could not help those in need of food without volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help in the regular pantries, the mobile food pantries, the senior delivery program, to sort or pack food donations at the warehouse or other areas to help keep our programs going. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pesi Kennett, outreach@midlandcountyefpn.org or (989) 750-7177

 

Kroger Community Rewards Program

You can support the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) simply by shopping at Kroger.

By registering your Kroger card and designating the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network, 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.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
  2. Create a digital account if you do not have one. A digital account is needed to participate in Kroger Community Rewards.
  3. Link your Card to an organization. Search for the organization that you wish to support.
  4. Enter the name or NPO number of the organization you wish to support. The EFPN Kroger Non-Profit Organization Number is BD353
  5. Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save”.

Your selected organization will also display in the Kroger Community Rewards section of your account. If you need to review or revisit your organization, you can always do so under your Account details. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

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.

 

Amazon Smile

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 0.5% 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 different 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.

 

Thrivent Choice®

Through Thrivent Choice®, Thrivent clients with membership can contribute to organizations and causes they care about and influence how Thrivent distributes some of its charitable grant funding through Choice Dollars®.

You can make a personal donation to your favorite enrolled organization and Thrivent pays the processing fees. Eligible clients with membership can also direct Choice Dollars.

How To Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars:

Online

  1. Visit Thrivent.com/thriventchoice.
  2. In the “GET STARTED” section on the right, click Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars®.
  3. Log in by entering your user ID and password. (If you haven’t yet registered on Thrivent.com, click “Register for account access.”)
  4. Choose the organization to which you want to direct

Choice Dollars:

  1. To direct to a previous organization: • Click “Direct Now” next to the organization’s name, or  Click on the “View activity history” link, scroll down and click on the name of the desired organization.2.
  2. To direct to a new organization, enter keyword(s) like organization name, ZIP code, cause, etc. Click “Search.”3.
  3. Choose “Direct All” or enter a specific number and click “Direct Now.” Follow the prompts on the confirmation page to direct Choice Dollars.

By Phone:

  1. Call 800-847-4836 and when prompted, say “Thrivent Choice.”
  2. Press 1 to direct Choice Dollars or 2 to hear Thrivent Choice Dollars® program Terms and Conditions. (If prompted, say or enter your phone number and date of birth.)
  3. A representative will work with you to direct Choice Dollars.