As all of us know and the National Weather Service has confirmed, Michigan has had one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recorded history. These winter weather conditions have exacerbated the challenges facing needy people and families in our community.
In fact, with the economic conditions in our area, the extreme weather conditions this winter, and the challenges of cuts to unemployment benefits to many, the need for food is growing.
To help meet this growing need for food and manifest its mission of sharing God’s love for one another, knowing Christ, and serving the world, St. Philip Lutheran Church in Trenton runs a weekly food pantry. This food pantry is unique in that it offers client choice, where clients can choose the kinds of food desired.
St. Philip Food Pantry has been open weekly since September 2007. This past year, members working the food pantry have reported that demand for food has been increasing by about two to three new clients per week. In total, St. Philip Food Pantry served 1,125 families representing 2,907 individuals during 2013.
“We are blessed to have the ability to help people in need,” said Pola Coon, co-chairperson of the food pantry.
St. Philip Lutheran Church is also the distribution site for the federal food program in Trenton. Every second Wednesday of the month is “commod-ities day” when U.S. Department of Agriculture foods are distributed throughout the food pantry.
St. Philip is located along the southbound side of Fort Street near Harrison (1790 Fort Street), and its food pantry is open Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Worship service is on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School during the service beginning at about 10:50 a.m.
If you would like to make a donation to the St. Philip Food Pantry or volunteer, or would like more information about this ministry, call (734) 676-7141, or email email@example.com.