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Four County, community keep program going strong



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July 10, 2019
Since 2008, the Food for Families program at St. Paul's Lutheran Church has kept thousands of area residents from going hungry.

Literally, the all-volunteer program has dished out tens of thousands of meals. Week-in-and-week-out, Food for Families volunteers have prepared and served wholesome, healthy dinners during hours of operation each Monday and Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m.

It's a community effort, they all agree, to help fill a need in the very community that supports the program. As does the Four County Community Foundation, a valued and valuable asset in the Tri-City area. Once again, Four County came through with a generous grant to keep the doors of the kitchen and food pantry open throughout the summer months.

Food for Families co-coordinator Wes Davis says the program serves people from all walks of life, of all ages and varying beliefs and lifestyles. Many are senior citizens; some are homeless, others are families trying hard to make ends meet. St. Paul's also participates in the Mass Feeding through the Eastern Michigan Food Bank. On the third Saturday of each month, St. Paul's volunteers box up dozens of cases of food and distribute them to waiting families. Though distribution begins at noon, people begin lining up in the church parking lot at 9 a.m.

Food for Families volunteers are always grateful for the community support that continues to fuel their efforts to feed the hungry locally. Along with offering delicious, home-cooked meals, the program gives visitors the opportunity to "shop" from their food pantry, which is stocked via donations from church members and the community as a whole. Four County grants also help keep the pantry shelves full.

As always, the grateful program volunteers welcome donations of money, non-perishable food items and/or produce to keep the program going strong. For information to donate non-perishable food items and/or produce for the Food for Families program or to make a monetary donation, call the church at 810-724-1200. One-hundred-percent of every monetary donation goes directly to the Food for Families program.

If you're in need of assistance through the Food for Families program, the kitchen is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. St. Paul's is located at 200 N. Cedar St., Imlay City, MI 48444.

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