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The Mobile Food Pantry is Back at the Chapel on Dec. 3

November 30, 2020

Mobile Food Pantry

On Thursday, December 3, Finlandia University will be hosting another Mobile Food Pantry in the parking lot between Old Main and the Chapel of St. Mattew. Organized through Feeding American West Michigan, mobile food pantries help fill the gap in hunger needs in a community, by supplementing the ongoing work of local pantries with much needed fresh produce, meat, and dairy. The truck coming here on December 3 will hold about 15,000 pounds of such items, and which has the potential to supply as many as 300 families. The mobile pantry will be supported financially by Portage Health Foundation.

“Last month we were able to serve over 220 families, and this week we hope to bring that number to 300,” said Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith. “A highlight in November was watching our volunteers come together, welcome guests with open arms, and know at the end of the day that what happened at Finlandia that day was a good thing. In this year of pandemic especially, to show up for one another and be community to one another is critical.  We are grateful  for the ways individual volunteers, Portage Foundation, Feeding America, and even local stores providing empty boxes and bags help to make events like this happen.”

The Mobile Food Pantry will be set up by the Chapel of St. Matthew and Old Main. Semmler Smith said those wishing to take food do not need to bring anything with them. It will be set up drive-through style: there will be a brief registration and then volunteers will bring out a box of food.

Volunteers have already been found, but boxes are needed to load groceries into. They can be dropped off at the Chapel basement anytime before Dec. 3.

Related Articles & Links

Helping Neighbors in Need Through the Mobile Food Pantry
Feeding America West Michigan
Portage Health Foundation
Finlandia Campus Ministry

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