Phone: 574.259.1975 ext. 107
Dear Friends and Sponsors of the M.A.C. Food Pantry,
I wanted to give you an update on what has been going on at the M.A.C. Food Pantry. In January we started the new food donation rotation schedule and have had wonderful participation from our sponsors! We appreciate food donations of any kind, but having you provide some of the basic items that we try to have on hand allows us to be fair and equal in distributing food to our clients. Hopefully the rotation schedule is working well on your end too. While I'm on this subject, I want to extend a special thanks to the volunteers who deliver the food every week and to those of you who are always there to weigh it, check dates and stock. You are all so faithful and so generous with your time.
This year we were included as recipients of the Granger Community Church food drive. On January 28th, GCC members delivered 175 hand decorated boxes of food to our pantry. Volunteers made quick work of unloading them in "bucket brigade" fashion. Each box weighed about 15 pounds and was filled with cereal, soup, tuna, spaghetti, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, corn, oats, muffin mix, canned chicken, pork and beans, peaches and hamburger helper. This was enough food for three weeks of distributions to our clients.
Two days after receiving the GCC boxes, we received a very large shipment of USDA food, a total of 5882 pounds!!!! This included 840 pounds of ground beef and 840 pounds of chicken as well as canned tuna, juice, dates and frozen blueberries. I have never seen the pantry so full, and it is wonderful to have plenty of meat and fruit to give to our families right now. We never know when we will receive a USDA shipment; sometimes we get them monthly, and other times we will go several months without any. (The previous shipment had been in November and was not nearly as large.) We also don't know what will be included in each USDA allotment or how much of each item we will receive until we get a call from the Food Bank of Northern Indiana informing us that a shipment has arrived. This can make purchasing and storing food a little tricky at times, but so far we have been able to provide consistent basic food items for our clients every week, and sometimes we can even give a little extra!!!
Another item of note is that we were inspected by the St. Joseph County Health Dept. recently and received a "Perfect Inspection Certificate"!!!!
Before I sign off, I would like to share some 2016 statistics with you:
• M.A.C. Food Pantry distributed 103,438 pounds of food in 2016. Donations from friends, sponsors and food drives accounted for 37, 249 lbs. USDA allotments amounted to 28,162 lbs., and we purchased 38,027 lbs.
• We received $17,854.94 in monetary donations
• $17,658.48 was spent on food and personal care items for our clients.
• We served 2942 households (9476 individuals) in 2016
• Our volunteers recorded 3252 hours of service (and there were probably more hours that didn't get recorded!!!)
Thank you all for what you give and for what you do for the many who are struggling in our community. It is both humbling and inspiring to work with you in this mission.
Barbara Van Damme