It sometimes takes a village to feed a city. Or maybe it only seems like an entire village putting in the hours at Trinity Evangelical Free Church Food Pantry. Located at 400 N. Lincoln St. in Stanton, the pantry is one of only a few in the area that maintains regular hours. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, city residents and members of the church in need may stop by the pantry for emergency food assistance.
The area’s churches play a large part in the continued operation of the Lakeview Ministerial Association Food Pantry. Located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and M-46, the pantry is open by appointment only. Originally located in the basement of a downtown business, it moved not long ago to Lakeview Community Church.
It was one woman’s desire to help needy veterans that birthed the Memorial Food Pantry in Sheridan.
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Feeding the hungry of the greater Greenville area is not the only thing GLC Hope Ministries and God’s Love Closet and Hope Rescue Mission accomplishes year-to-year.
It also houses the homeless.
Bread of Life Pantry at Greenville Community Church considers it an emergency every time anyone is in need of food or shelter.
“We provide emergency food and shelter,” said Kim Cain, the executive director of Have Mercy, which oversees the pantry. “Anybody who goes to a food pantry is in need of emergency assistance.”
The sign hanging outside Barrie’s House at the Settlement Lutheran Church says it all: “I was hungry and you gave me food; I had no clothes and you gave me something to wear.”
That is what the food pantry and clothing distribution center aim to do every time anyone comes to its door and has a need.
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The Belding Food Pantry of the past is but a shadow of the organization as it stands today.
The face of the pantry has changed dramatically since last spring, mostly due to the efforts spearheaded by Belding resident Julie Rodts.