Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is committed to reaching out in service to our neighbors and friends in the community:
The Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a joint venture begun in 2006 between our church and our Belmont neighbors, Assumption BVM Catholic Church. The pantry is located here at Holy Spirit, and is open one evening a week, on Thursday from 6-7:30 pm. It operates as a satellite support pantry of North Kent Connect (NKC) (formerly North Kent Community Services), through Access of West Michigan. Clients of NKC are welcome to use our food pantry. For more information on becoming a client, click HERE or call NKC at (616) 866-3478. After hours, call NKC at (616) 866-3478 ext. 107 and leave a message, including full name and phone number.
As a Pantry of Choice, clients are assisted by volunteers to shop for the foods they like and will use. The pantry is considered an emergency pantry, meaning each family will receive enough food for two to three days, based on household size. Our pantry takes pride in offering healthy choices and fresh options and also offers personal care items.
In 2016, the pantry served 391 family units. For many individuals, this was their first visit to our pantry. These families were made up of 1,249 people, receiving approximately 12,253 items of food and necessary supplies.
To keep the shelves stocked, food pantry volunteers have participated in the County Wide Food Campaign run by Access of West Michigan each fall; the food collected by our volunteers goes directly to our pantry’s shelves. Members of each congregation regularly contribute food, as do Assumption BVM School students, and local Boy Scouts. The pantry receives generous monetary donations from the two parishes, as well as ABVM Knights of Columbus, Priority Health employees, and individual donors.
In an effort to better serve clients, the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is expanding and promoting its “personal care items” selection. As of May 2017, the following specific items are needed: full-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash/bar soap, deodorant/antiperspirant, toothpaste, and feminine products. Please drop off items before or after Sunday worship services, or during the pantry’s regular operating hours.
We are grateful for monetary donations. Checks can be made payable to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and mailed to this church, or make a donation via PayPal using a major credit card or PayPal account: all contributions made through the link below go directly to the food pantry. All or part of your gift may be tax-deductible as a charitable contribution (please check with your tax adviser). Please click on the Donate button, below:
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