Fruitport CRC Food Pantry- September 2017

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What's been happening at the food pantry?

We are excited to announce that we are jointly supported by both Love in Action of the Tri-Cities as well as Muskegon's Love in The Name of Christ!  This new double partnership will allow for better followup to those who live both north and south of the Pontaluna lines.     

So How can I access or refer someone to the pantry to receive assistance?

Our pantry is open on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8 PM.  

First time walk-ins are welcomed.  When you arrive, please drive to the back of church to make loading groceries easier.  As a first-time guest, you will sit down with our greeter to register and receive information on the services Love has available.  All that's needed is a simple form of ID like a driver's license to verify which Love location will sponsor you.  You will also receive a schedule for upcoming food trucks in the area.  After filling out a request form for the nights selections, one of our hosts will guide you from there to share a bit about our church's Wednesday Night activities and offer our prayer supports as well.  Once your order is filled, we'll help you load everything in your vehicle.  Future access to the food pantry is possible by receiving a voucher from the Love location you will receive a referral to.

Why Do you require vouchers to access the pantry again?

Two reasons:

  • - First, our church operates on a philosophy of "helping without hurting".  We understand that anyone can have an unexpected hit to their finances.  We help but we don't want to hurt.  That's why we love the Love system.  They understand all the programs and assistance available that you might qualify for.  This not only preserves dignity but expands your options to get you back on your own feet rather than dependent on us for the long-term.
  • Second, we are a small church that offers the opportunity for rich connections as our gifts are dedicated to this ministry.  In a given month, it is not unusual for our church to support twice as many people with food than our own membership!  To do that, we rely on the resources of our church, our community, other area churches, the warehouses of both Loves along with the very generous donations through the Meijer Simply Give Program.  

Why Do You Go To All These Efforts?

The community food pantry, like our other programs is our way of "Celebrating God's Love in Jesus Christ and sharing it with others."  Scripture shows Jesus fed the hungry.  If you are looking for a church or don't yet have a faith family to be connected with, we'd love to have you join us and do the same.  We'll discover together the unique gifts God has given you to serve others as part of The Body of Jesus Christ.

   Muskegon Rescue Mission - September 2017

The congregation regularly supports the Muskegon Rescue Mission with donated food and personal items, and through financial support from offerings.  This month, a reverse food offering supplied several grocery bags worth of assorted groceries for the mission.