Fruitport CRC Food Pantry- September 2018

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What's been happening at the food pantry?

The start of a new school year brings both blessings and burdens to our families as school cafeterias reopen.  The main warehouse we draw support from has very little stock at the moment, so we restocked the pantry using reserve funds.  A big thanks goes out again to Scott's Meats who  helped us with special pricing on meat.  We are also grateful for other churches like Cottonwood in Jenison who plan to host a food drive for us.  Our pantry is open every Wednesday including our meal nights on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays.  

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.  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 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? 

Two reasons:

  • - 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.