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Local food pantry in need of donations


Need for emergency food donations at an all-time high

By Sue Harrison

 

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” Matthew 25:40.

For more than 28 years, the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry, located in the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, has served our community. Over 35 volunteers provide assistance, compassion, a listening ear, and comfort to those families who come to the pantry each day. North Kent Community Services can refer up to 30 families a week, from all parts of Northern Kent County, to receive five days of emergency food and essentials. Clients may come to the pantry up to five times in one calendar year with at least 30 days between visits.

The pantry store is located in the basement of the church. The pantry shelves are stocked with food and staples bought by pantry volunteers, donations from individuals, food drives by different organizations, and food purchased by a faithful volunteer who has a coupon mission. Several freezers and refrigerators hold donated baked goods and breads, venison donated by area hunters, as well as hamburger, hotdogs and other meats.

The need for this emergency food support is at an all time high. Transportation costs and food prices have sky rocketed and many people are finding themselves without income and the means to feed their children and themselves.

The pantry needs help! Cash donations are always needed. In 2013, the approximate expenditures for the Cedar Springs Food Pantry were $30,000 not counting the food and other items donated. It takes the faithful cash donations of many to keep this food pantry serving those in need.

In addition to cash donations, the pantry is always in need of personal care items such as dish soap, laundry soap, tooth brushes, toothpaste, bar soap, toilet paper, facial tissue, deodorants, shampoo, and feminine hygiene items. Non-perishable foods such as powdered milk, cereals, soups, oatmeal, canned meats, fruit juice, peanut butter, and canned fruits and vegetables are also in high demand.

Donated items or money can be dropped off at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church office any time during office hours Monday through Friday. The pantry accepts checks made out to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and in the memo line put “Community Food Pantry.”

 

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American Legion presents checks


N-American-Legion-checks-webThe Cedar Springs American Legion Glen Hill Post #247 presented checks last week to both the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association and the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry.

Legion Commander Bill Gregones presented Pastor Craig Carter, of the Ministerial Association, with a check for $200, to help with the requests they receive at Christmas time.

Gregones presented Pastor Mary Ivanov with a check for $100 for the food pantry, which is located at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, where Ivanov is pastor.

The American Legion makes the presentations annually, and also donates $200 to the Salvation Army.

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Women’s auxiliary makes donation to food pantry


Pictured in the photo is Auxiliary Unit and District President Christine Merlington (right) presenting the food and the check to food pantry directors Bob and Judy Murray (left).

The American Legion Auxiliary made a donation to the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry last week. Glen Hill Unit #287 in Cedar Springs donated two boxes of food and personal items, along with a check to the food pantry on Monday, August 1. The food was collected at a Texas Hold ‘em tournament held in Greenville at Post #101 July 21-24.

The Auxiliary works diligently to promote community involvement. The community service committee is a program within the Auxiliary that helps serve those in need and works at the neighborhood and hometown levels to meet the needs of the residents in our area. The food pantry is a good way to reach out and make an impact in our city of Cedar Springs.

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