Rockford area church bringing 20,000 pounds of food to feed hungry families


By Daily News • Last Updated 12:01 pm on Monday, January 23, 2012

The Rev. Dale Hotelling, second from right, and congregation members from White Pines United Methodist Church are bringing four Feeding America Mobile Food Trucks to feed hungry families in the Rockford area this winter. — Courtesy photo

ROCKFORD — White Pines United Methodist Church in Belmont set a goal in December to spend less money on unnecessary gifts, instead putting that money toward things that matter.

White Pines is a fully-inclusive community of around 50 worshipers who meet each week at the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA on Jupiter Avenue.

This year, the congregation joined the Advent Conspiracy. The concept behind Advent Conspiracy is simple: worship fully, spend less, give more and love all. The worshipers at White Pines decided that their goal would be to sponsor three mobile food trucks for the winter months through Feeding America West Michigan.

The church took special offerings on Dec. 18 and Christmas morning. Each family, young and old, was encouraged to make a contribution.

The church announced during worship on Jan. 8 that those special gifts totaled more than $2,000, enough for White Pines to buy four 5,000-pound food trucks — a total of 20,000 pounds of food — through Feeding America West Michigan to feed hungry people in the Rockford area during the coldest months of winter.

The first distribution will be at 5 p.m. today in the parking lot of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church at 6070 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford. All families in need are welcome. The food is free.

The second distribution will be at 5 p.m. March 5 at St. Stephen’s.

For more information, see www.WhitePinesUMC.org or www.Facebook.com/WhitePinesUMC. Sunday worship begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Wolverine Worldwide Family YMCA.

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