The need for food in our area, unfortunately, continues to grow. The economic challenges faced by Downriver residents, unemployment, and cuts to food assistance benefits have all taken their toll. St. Philip Food Pantry continues to serve needy people and families throughout our area.
On average, 39 families or 96 people are served each week. Further, seven to 10 volunteers work each week to staff the Food Pantry. The St. Philip Food Pantry distributes an average of 500 pounds each week.
In the Food Pantry, clients are able to select the specific food items they know they will use, instead of receiving a generic box of food. This not only is desired by clients, but it helps the Food Pantry meet demand and control inventory.
Pantry leaders Pola Coon and Pat Hudok attend food advocacy group meetings such as Wayne/Metro Community Action Agency Rac4, and a group that was formed by Fishes and Loaves Food pantry called The Food Pantry Roundtable.
Food Pantry leaders have also had to receive training to obtain Food Handler’s Certification.
St. Philip Lutheran Church is located along the southbound side of Fort Street near Harrison (1790 Fort St.) and its food pantry is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
St. Philip Food Pantry also continues to be the Temporary Food Assistance Program site for the City of Trenton. Every second Wednesday of the month is “commodities day” when U.S. Department of Agriculture foods are distributed through the food pantry during regular pantry hours.
Worship service is on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school during the service. The minister’s name is Branden Hunt. If you wish to make a donation to St. Philip Food Pantry, are interested in volunteer opportunities, or would like more information about St. Philip or this ministry, contact St. Philip Lutheran Church at (734) 676-7141 or email@example.com.