Men of Music Concert to Benefit EFPN
The Men of Music will present their annual holiday concert ďItís Christmas!Ē on Sunday, December 8 at First United Methodist Church on Larkin Street. Concerts will be given at 2:00 and 7:00. The concert is open to all and there will be a free will offering. Fifty percent of the offering goes to EFPN. To learn more about the Men of Music visit, www.menofmusic.org.
EFPN To Benefit from Meijerís Holiday Simply Give program
EFPN has been selected to be a beneficiary of Meijerís Holiday Simply Give program which runs November 3 thru January 4. Customers need to purchase a $10 Meijer Food Pantry Donation Card. Meijer will convert this card into a $10 Meijerís gift card which will be given to EFPN to help stock pantry shelves. In addition, Meijerís Corporation will make a contribution to EFPN. These cards are available at the check-out registers at Meijerís. We urge our supporters to purchase the donation card so that we can not only get the Meijer's gift cards but also the additional contribution from the Meijer's Corporation. During the last campaign we received $1985 from this program due to the generosity of our supporters and the Meijerís Corporation.
Tan for Cans
Global Tan, located at 1617 E Wheeler or 4426 N Saginaw Rd, is running a promotion to benefit EFPN. Bring in three canned goods and upgrade to the next level of equipment. Runs Black Friday til December 16.
EFPN participates in the Sharing Tree program run by the United Way of Midland County. The needs of EFPN are listed on the red tags. The stories are meant to represent typical clients of EFPN. Last year EFPN received over $8000 in value of items from the Sharing Tree. Typical needs we list are personal care items, popcorn or hot chocolate and gift cards for produce, dairy and meat. We also introduced restaurant gift cards last year to give our clients a treat. When we learned that one of our clients did not have a can opener, we have added requests for some basic kitchen supplies on some of our tags. Thank you to all who support the Sharing Tree. We often find that donors are very generous and place more items with the tags than we requested.
The Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network (EFPN) has a partnership with the Chippewa Nature Center. In the fall months, deer that are harvested at the Nature Center are donated to the EFPN. EFPN has the deer processed with a U.S.D.A. approved processor, and the venison is given to clients.
EFPN also runs a venison program independently of the Chippewa Nature Center program. Deer can be delivered to 784 South Poseyville Road, Midland or we will pick up any deer within a 50 mile radius of Midland. Information or request for deer pick up can be found at (989) 835-9601. EFPN pays for the processing of the donated deer.
EFPN Partners with Habitat for Humanity
EFPN has a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to provide a basket and box of food when a family is welcomed into their new home. At the beginning of December, a home was dedicated on Prairie Road. and an EFPN representative helped welcome the family of two adults and four children. EFPN wants to help them make their house a home by having food to share with family and friends.
EFPN Receives Beacon of Light Award from the Food Bank of Council of Michigan
EFPN was awarded the Beacon of Light Award at the conclusion of the Harvest Gathering of the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM) in recognition of our leadership
in establishing new programs and our outstanding delivery of food to those in need in Midland County.
The food gathering was begun nearly 20 years ago by Midland's own Bill and Cynthia Schuette
in an effort to raise both funds and food to support the 13 regional food banks throughout Michigan.
The FBCM is comprised of member regional food banks. The regional food banks, along with their
subsidiary distribution organizations and branch warehouses, safely store and provide millions of pounds
of surplus vegetables, fruits, and other grocery items to more than 2500 local agencies serving each of the 83
counties in Michigan. These products are made available to the agencies at a low cost (about 10 cents
per pound for goods with an average retail of about $2.00 per pound). Types of agencies include food
pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, hospices, domestic violence shelters, head-start programs, afterschool
programs, half-way houses, and group homes for the mentally ill. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is the regional food bank used by EFPN
This award is a testimony to more than 700 EFPN volunteers who move the food through the pantry, food bank, or
backpack buddy program to those in need. Everyone,including our nearly 1000 donors, should be proud of
Help EFPN Feed the Hungry by Shopping At Kroger
EFPN is now a part of the Krogerís Community Rewards program. Choose EFPN when you register your Kroger Card and you will be donating to EFPN every time you shop with no additional cost to you. Kroger will donate a percentage of your qualifying purchases back to EFPN.
Supporters can earn rewards for EFPN on almost everything every time you shop! However, there are specific purchases that cannot be included: alcohol, tobacco, government-assisted pharmacy expenses, postage stamps, Kroger gift cards and Green Dot Prepaid Cards, gift certificates, bottle deposits, lottery and promotional tickets, fuel, fuel center purchases, office services and Sales Tax. Eligible pharmacy purchases include out of pocket co-pays for non-government-assisted pharmacy programs.
You need to register your Kroger card every year. Your card enrollment expires every April 30.
The EFPN Kroger Non Profit Organization Number is 91387
For information on how to register your Kroger card to support EFPN, see ďHow you can helpĒ on the EFPN website.
Sign-up requires access to the Internet. If you do not have Internet access, contact us at 486-9393 and we can sign up your card.
The EFPN monthly newsletter is now available online!
Click here to view the November 2013 EFPN Newsletter.
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