Fruitport CRC Food Pantry-January 14, 2019
What's been happening at the food pantry?
While the economy appears strong in Muskegon County, many families - especially single parents, still have to balance income and child rearing efforts. There are added stress for families dependent on Bridge Cards and aid given the partial government shutdown. Much of this has to do with inconsistent reports as to whether or not Bridge Cards will be replenished. Last week, even with the snowy roads — our shelves were pretty much wiped out. A big thanks goes out again to Scott's Meats for special pricing and Meijers for their Simply Give gift card. We thank our local neighbors for help too. Our pantry is open every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:00.
How can I access or refer someone to the pantry?
First time walk-ins are always welcomed. When you arrive, please drive to the back of church to make loading groceries easier. Our greeter will register you and share information about Love's services. 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 up. You can visit up to three times a year. Additional visits are possible by receiving a voucher or referral from the appropriate Love location.
After the Third visit, why is a love referral necessary?
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. Love also 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.