Fruitport CRC Food Pantry- April 2018
What's been happening at the food pantry?
Thanks to other West Michigan churches like Edgewood Lutheran in Fruitport and Cottonwood in Jenison, we have been well-stocked to satisfy increasing demands. The personal care and household items have been especially appreciated as Michigan's Bridge Card only covers food.
How can I access or refer someone to the pantry?
Our pantry is open on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8 PM.
First time walk-ins are always welcomed. When you arrive, please drive to the back of church to make loading groceries easier. As a first-time guest, our greeter will register you and share information about Love's services you might benefit from. All that's needed is a simple form of ID like a driver's license to verify which Love location will sponsor you. We will also provide you with a schedule for upcoming food trucks in the area. Once your order is filled, we'll help you load everything in your vehicle. Additional visits are possible by receiving a voucher or referral from the appropriate Love location.
After the first visit, why is a love referral necessary to come again?
- - First, our church operates on a philosophy of "helping without hurting". All of us at one time or another have tough financial times. We want to do what we can but we don't want to hurt either. That's why we love the Love system. Love understands all the programs and assistance available that you might qualify for. This not only preserves your dignity but expands your options to get you back on your own feet sooner.
- Second, we are a small church that offers the opportunity for rich connections. 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 and the very generous donations through the Meijer Simply Give Program.
Why Do You Go To All These Efforts?
This is one key way we are "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.