Hungry? Two and a half tons of food coming

By Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 12:00 am on Saturday, October 29, 2011

GREENVILLE — Two and a half tons of food will be distributed to needy families Monday in Greenville.
AT&T Pioneers, a group of former AT&T employees, is marking the group’s 100th anniversary by giving away 5,000 pounds of food from Feeding America West Michigan twice. A second 5,000-pound distribution will take place in November.
Monday’s distribution will begin at 4 p.m. at First Church of God, 101 S. Franklin St. on the corner of Franklin and Grove streets in Greenville. State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, will be on hand to help with the distribution.
First Church of God serves more than 100 families each month with its mobile food bank program. The church also provides cold water in the summer and hot coffee in the winter.
“First Church of God provides a remarkable ministry for the region and the people of Greenville,” Outman said. “The contribution from the AT&T Pioneers will help the church continue to provide food and services to local residents who need it most.”
Pastor Bob Cooper said Monday’s delivery will help feed “hundreds” of needy families.
“The generosity of gifts like this from AT&T Pioneers combined with the generous spirit of the First Church of God in Greenville go a long way in service to our local residents,” Emmons said.
Anyone is eligible to receive the free food. Cooper said church members may ask for some basic identification information, but people don’t need to bring anything more than a box or basket to carry their food.
“There are no requirements — just that they show up,” Cooper said. “We take some information down but that’s only used for tracking purposes or, basically, if we get audited by those that we’re getting the food from. We don’t need anything other than that.”
The AT&T Pioneers are planning similar food donations in Detroit, Lansing and Saginaw this fall.

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